Egypt’s Tarek Momen and Nour El Sherbini have been named the PSA Players of the Month for November after they lifted the coveted PSA World Championship trophies in Qatar and Egypt, respectively.
Momen, a runner-up in February 2019, finally got his hands on the prestigious trophy after he defeated New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll in the final in Doha, Qatar.
The Egyptian World No.4 was appearing in back-to-back World Championship finals after falling to World No.1 Ali Farag in Chicago eight months ago and had finished as runner-up in all three of the major finals he had appeared in prior to Qatar.
But a masterclass of attacking squash saw him power past Kiwi Coll by an 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 scoreline to lift the biggest prize in men’s squash and also secure his place at the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals.
Meanwhile, El Sherbini got her hands on the women’s title for the fourth time as she reigned victorious against Momen’s wife, Raneem El Welily, in the final in front of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Nour el Sherbini is the female Player of the Month for November
The former World No.1, who celebrated her 24th Birthday on the same day, was in imperious form in her first tournament of the season after struggling with a knee injury at the start of the campaign that saw her ruled out of action. El Sherbini got off to the best start to claim an 8-0 lead, with El Welily struggling to find a way into the occasion.
El Welily found her groove in the second to draw level, but it was not enough to stop El Sherbini powering on to a 11-4, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 victory in 41 minutes to lift her fourth World Championship crown and successfully defend the title that she won in Chicago just eight months earlier.
Other notable performers during the month were Egypt’s World No.3 Karim Abdel Gawad who claimed two titles during the month at the CIB Egyptian Squash Open and Channel VAS Championships at St. George’s Hill, as well as confirming his place at the PSA World Tour Finals.
While, New Zealand’s Coll and Wales’ Joel Makin both enjoyed standout performances at the PSA Men’s World Championship and CIB Egyptian Squash Open, respectively.
On the women’s tour, Egypt’s World No.10 Hania El Hammamy had a standout performance at the Women’s World Championship – reaching the semi-finals for the first time in her career after coming from 2-0 down against France’s Camille Serme.