Egyptian duo Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Tayeb have been named the PSA Players of the Month for September after picking up the Manchester Open trophies.
The PSA World Tour made its grand return in Manchester after a six-month enforced suspension due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and both ElShorbagy and El Tayeb announced their returns in style with impressive victories in England.
World No.1 ElShorbagy looked as though he had spent no time away from the court as he picked up where he left off before the suspension to wipe out the competition and defeat compatriot and former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in the final.
That win marked his 42nd PSA title and means that he surpasses French veteran Gregory Gaultier to become the sole holder of fifth place on the all-time men’s PSA title winners list behind only Jansher Khan, Jahangir Khan, Mike Corren and Peter Nicol.
World No.4 El Tayeb, meanwhile, become only the second woman to get her name etched onto the Manchester Open trophy as she recovered from a slow start to down top seed Camille Serme 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-3 in 45 minutes in the final at the National Squash Centre.
Nour El Tayeb with the Manchester Open trophy
The pair had met 12 times on the PSA World Tour before, with the Egyptian holding a slender 7-5 advantage over ‘La Panthere’. She had also won the only final that the duo had contested, which had come over a decade ago in Serme’s home town of Creteil.
Despite the slow start, El Tayeb found her rhythm in the second though and won the next three games without reply to earn her 11th PSA World Tour title and her first since February.
Former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier also enjoyed an impressive return to action last month as he claimed the Expression Networks Nolan and Liam’s Tournament taking place in Prague, Czech Republic.
The Frenchman, who returned from a career-threatening injury earlier this year, won his first title since 2017 after beating Germany’s Raphael Kandra in straight-games.