World No.1 Nour El Sherbini has been named the PSA Women’s Player of the Month for April while her cousin, World No.130 Mohamed has kept the honour in the family after he took the Men’s award courtesy of 3 straight Tour titles.
Nour was in spellbinding form in El Gouna as she lifted her second PSA Women’s World Championship title at the age of just 21 – 12 months after becoming the first female Egyptian ever to lift the biggest title on the Women’s Tour.
The Alexandria native hadn’t lifted a major Tour title since her World Championship triumph in 2016, but powered through to the semi-finals of the most recent edition, with wins over Canadian qualifier Samantha Cornett, Welsh World No.16 Tesni Evans and the in-form World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry.
She then came through against World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar in the last four, before a virtuoso performance against compatriot Raneem El Welily saw her down the World No.2 in straight games to once again capture the iconic title and cement her status atop the World Rankings.
Mohamed El Sherbini
The joy didn’t stop there for the El Sherbini family though as 24-year-old Mohamed claimed his first ever PSA World Tour title – with two more following before the month was through.
Since making his Tour debut in 2013, Mohamed had appeared in the main draw of just one tournament but, on his second ever main draw appearance, he fought all the way to the final of the Assore & Balwin Parkview Open, ultimately beating Indian qualifier Velavan Senthilkumar in the final to lift his maiden Tour title.
And Senthilkumar was also his final opponent in the West Rand Open a week later, with the Egyptian prevailing once more to double his title tally, despite beginning the tournament in the qualification stages.
The Keith Granger Memorial UCT Open Squash Championships saw El Sherbini begin the event as a qualifier again, but he upset the seedings with a series of impressive displays, resulting in a final victory over third seed Tristan Eysele to capture his third Tour crown on the bounce.