Egypt’s Ali Farag and Nour El Sherbini have been named the PSA World Tour Players of the Month for July following their PSA World Championship triumphs in Chicago last month.
Farag relinquished his No.1 spot to rival Mohamed ElShorbagy but the former got the better of his compatriot in the final of the sport’s biggest event in the 'Windy City' to claim his second PSA World Championship trophy.
The 29-year-old had missed the El Gouna International and was knocked out in the group stage of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals and it looked as though the final in Chicago was not going his way either as ElShorbagy went one game and 7-0 up in the second. However, Farag turned it around to win and as a result became the third male Egyptian to win two World Championship titles.
Farag’s title win is the 22nd of his career and his third of the 2020-21 PSA World Tour season after previous successes at the CIB Egyptian Open and Qatar Classic. It also came just 11 days after the birth of his daughter, Farida with wife and fellow professional player, Nour El Tayeb.
In the women’s final, it was El Sherbini who once again reigned supreme at the sport’s biggest event to win her fifth World Championship title.
Nour El Sherbini
El Sherbini also captured the 2018-19 PSA World Championship title when it was held at Chicago’s Union Station and has now become only the third woman to win five World Championship titles courtesy of an 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 victory against World No.2 Gohar.
In addition to the most prestigious title in squash, the World No.1 spot was also up for grabs, but El Sherbini – playing in her seventh World Championship final – held Gohar at bay to hold onto the ranking and capture the World Championship crown for a third season running.