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Nouran Gohar in action at the J.P. Morgan China Open

Steinmann and Gohar Named September PSA Players of the Month

After taking two PSA World Tour titles from three events in September – alongside a semi-final finish – Switzerland’s World No.103 Dimitri Steinmann has been named the PSA Men’s Player of the Month for September, whilst Egypt’s World No.5 Nouran Gohar claims the women’s accolade.

20-year-old Steinmann claimed his maiden PSA World Tour title at the Bega Open at the start of the month, beating top seeded Joshua Larkin in the final, before going on to secure the North Coast Open PSA M5 title in his next tournament.

Joshua Larkin (left) and Dimitri Steinmann (centre) at the Bega Open

After defeating Larkin 11-7, 11-8, 11-4 to win the Bega crown, dropping only one game en route to the title, Steinmann continued to dominate in Australia as he defeated India’s Abhay Singh 11-5, 11-1, 11-5 in the North Coast Open final – again sealing the title for the loss of just one game throughout the event.

His winning streak came to an end in the semi-finals of the NSW Open when Matthew Hopkin prevailed in a five-game battle.

September was a similarly successful month for Egypt’s Nouran Gohar as the hard-hitting player finished runner-up at the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open to compatriot and World No.1 Nour El Sherbini, before going one better at the Macau Open to secure her first title of the season.

The 20-year-old Egyptian – who also celebrated her birthday on September 30 – managed to keep her composure during the Women’s Macau Open final when heavy rain caused the match to be moved from the glass show-court to the squash centre.

Gohar managed to adapt quicker than her opponent – New Zealand’s World No.10 Joelle King – to the plaster court and managed to comeback in the first game to secure an 13-11, 11-7, 12-10 win over the Kiwi to secure the PSA W50 title that also saw her World Ranking rise back into the top five in October.

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