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Nour El Sherbini celebrates 26 months as world number one

Egypt’s top two Nour El Sherbini (left) and Raneem El Welily   Picture by PATRICK LAUSON


Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini has made it 26 successive months at World No.1 after topping an unchanged top 20 in the PSA Women’s World Rankings for July 2018.

The 22-year-old El Sherbini is already the fifth-longest serving World No.1 in history, and last month capped a successful season with victory over World No.2 Raneem El Welily in the ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals title decider.

Nour El Tayeb completes an all-Egyptian top three, while New Zealand’s Joelle King and France’s Camille Serme round off the top five.

Egypt’s Nouran Gohar stays at No.6, with England’s Laura Massaro (No.7), Sarah-Jane Perry (No.8), Malaysia’s Nicol David (No.9) and Alison Waters taking up the remainder of the spots inside the top 10.

Hong Kong’s Annie Au sits at No.11 ahead of Wales’ Tesni Evans, England’s Victoria Lust, United States’ Olivia Blatchford and Egypt’s Salma Hany.

Joshna Chinappa (No.16), Donna Urquhart (17), Amanda Sobhy (No.18), Dipika Pallikal Karthik (No.19) and Hania El Hammamy complete the top 20.

Thailand’s Anantana Prasertratanakul enjoyed the biggest rise in the women’s rankings this month, moving up 55 places to No.199.

Meanwhile, England’s Lucy Beecroft also enjoyed a big increase, rising 31 places to No.112 courtesy of a first PSA World Tour final appearance at the Bangor Classic, where she finished runner-up to Scotland’s Lisa Aitken.

PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20: July 2018.

Pictures by PATRICK LAUSON. Graphic courtesy of PSA 


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