Egyptian pair Nour El Sherbini and Marwan ElShorbagy have been named as the April PSA Players of the Month after recording career-defining victories during a huge month of action on the PSA World Tour.
Following her historic victory in March’s Allam British Open 20-year-old El Sherbini moved up to No.2 in the World Rankings for the first time in her career on April 1st and duly lived up to her reputation as the in-form player on the Women’s Tour as she stormed to glory at the PSA Women’s World Championship to become the first Egyptian winner in the history of the iconic tournament – becoming the youngster ever winner in the process and becoming World No.1.
El Sherbini went into the tournament as title-favourite and earned easy wins over Donna Urquhart and Annie Au to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Nicol David. Competing inside the Nicol David area the Egyptian took an edgy first-game tie-break before then dismissing Nouran Gohar 3-0 in the semi-finals to set up a shootout for the title and the World No.1 ranking against then incumbent Laura Massaro.
After slumping to a 2-0 deficit in the final El Sherbini mounted an incredible fight back to force a decisive fifth game during which she displayed maturity beyond her years to see out the match and claim an historic title.
Earlier in April Marwan ElShorbagy, younger brother of World No.1 Mohamed, enjoyed the biggest win of his career to date as he triumphed at the Grasshopper Cup, PSA M70 tournament in Zurich.
Seeded fifth for the tournament ElShorbagy saw off Alan Clyne in the first round before dominating the court against an under-par Cameron Pilley, coming through 3-0 to set up a semi-final clash with Germany’s Simon Rösner.
The 22-year-old against prevailed in straight-games to reach the final where defending champion, World Champion and World No.2 Gregory Gaultier lay in waiting – with the Frenchman fancied to retain his crown.
But it was ElShorbagy who produced some sublime squash to come from a game behind against the 33-year-old ‘General’ before holding off a late charge to take the fifth game 11-6 and win the biggest title of his career to date.