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Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag stay top after restful January

Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag stay top after restful January
By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor

Women’s World No.1 Nour El Sherbini and men’s World No.1 Ali Farag have retained their places at the summit of the PSA World Rankings for February in an unchanged top 20.

With no tournaments taking place on the PSA World Tour in January due to the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Egyptians El Sherbini and Farag have both made it four successive months at World No.1.

At the weekend, Farag posted a message on social media admitting that he had not hit a ball for 43 days!

With tighter lockdown restrictions in place across most of the planet, it will be  many months before the PSA World Tour will be able to return to normal operations.

Nouran Gohar, Camille Serme, Nour El Tayeb and Hania El Hammamy currently trail El Sherbini in the top five of the women’s rankings. Meanwhile, Mohamed ElShorbagy, Tarek Momen, Paul Coll and Karim Abdel Gawad complete the top five of the men’s rankings.

Australia’s Tamika Hunt is a notable mover in the women’s rankings. The 27-year-old was was unranked last month before winning the Sandgate Open to end a three-year PSA hiatus following the birth of her child. She rises up to No.123 in the rankings.

Nour El Sherbini and Ali Farag celebrate their CIB Egyptian Open triumphs at the Pyramids

France’s Ella Galova also enjoys a strong rise up the rankings, moving up 93 spots to World No.254 courtesy of a quarter-final finish at the PSA Squash95 in Paris. Her compatriot, Kara Lincou, has matched her after reaching the same stage.

Another French player, Gregory Gaultier, has continued his march up the men’s World Rankings after winning both the Enjoy Open and Czech Pro Series 1 to make it 44 PSA titles. The 38-year-old former World No.1 has risen six places to No.33, his highest World Ranking since May 2019.

Karim Farrag and Daniel Poleshchuk are the biggest movers on the men’s tour, rising 145 places to joint No.527 after reaching the last 16 of the Czech Pro Series 1.

PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 – February 2021:

PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 – February 2021:

Picture and graphics courtesy of PSA


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