Gabriel Olufunmilayo has made an incredible leap according to the latest global ranking for September 2021 released last Wednesday by the world’s squash governing body, the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
All the news reports that US-based Babatunde Ajagbe has moved three places to No. 153.
Local star, Adegoke Onaopemipo, dropped massively 444 places to number 743, while arch-rival Gabriel, 21, skyrocketed to number 323. For Abdulrahaman Yusuf, the 27-year-old remains at number 476.
In the women’s category, siblings Yemisi Olatunji and Busayo Olatunji remain at number 153 and number 217 respectively. Remember that Yemisi was the biggest climber in the PSA Women’s Rankings around the world for August 2021.
International players round-up: Faraq starts new season at number 1 in the world
Egyptian Ali Farag will start the 2021-22 season as the number 1 men’s world ranking after overtaking compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy to claim first place following the publication of the PSA Men’s World Rankings on September 1.
Farag saw his nine-month reign at world No. 1 come to an end last month when ElShorbagy recaptured the No. 1 spot, but ElShorbagy’s semi-final at the Allam British Open – combined with Farag’s run to the final in Hull – has once again lifted the rankings from seen change ownership, with Farag enjoying a 21st month at the top of the rankings.
British Open champion Paul Coll has followed his first major title win with a rise in the top three for the first time in his career – meaning he is the highest-ranked male Kiwi since Ross Norman, who reached No. 2 in March 1987. Coll defeated Farag in the men’s British Open final in August to become the first male Kiwi to lift the prestigious trophy.
Coll’s rise to No. 3 sees Tarek Momen drop to No. 4, while Marwan ElShorbagy completes the top five. The rest of the top 10 is unchanged, with Karim Abdel Gawad (No.6), Fares Dessouky (No.7), Diego Elias (No.8), Mostafa Asal (No.9) and Joel Makin (No.10) all hold their positions.
Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez remains at number 11 ahead of Frenchman Gregoire Marche at number 12, moving up one place to a career-high ranking. India’s Saurav Ghosal moves up two places to number 13 ahead of Mazen Hesham at number 14 and Zahed Salem at number 15.
Mohamed Abouelghar drops four places to number 16, while Youssef Ibrahim climbs to a career-high number 17 ranking. Malaysian Eain Yow Ng has also reached his career-high ranking to date after rising four places to number 18 made him the first Malaysian man since Ong Beng Hee to make the top 20 in January 2013.
Omar Mosaad drops two places to number 19, while his compatriot Youssef Soliman breaks through the top 20 for the first time after a 10 place increase.
India’s Kanhav Nanavati is the biggest mover on the men’s tour, having climbed 212 places to number 483 after reaching the quarter-finals of the HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai 3. Egypt’s Mohamed Sharaf, meanwhile, has risen 208 places to number 487.
PSA Men’s World Ranking 20 – September 2021
Elaraby breaks into top 10
Egyptian Rowan Elaraby has broken through the top 10 of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time.
The 21-year-old from Alexandria reached the quarter-finals of the Allam British Open in August and has been rewarded with a two-place jump to a career-high No. 10 ranking.
Meanwhile, World Champion Nour El Sherbini will enjoy a 42nd month on World No.1.
El Sherbini enjoyed a remarkable 2020-21 campaign in which the 25-year-old won four of the five tournaments – including the World Championship and the British Open, where she defeated No. 2 Nouran Gohar in both finals – and the Egyptian will start the season 2021-22 at the top of the pile.
Nour El Tayeb and Camille Serme enter the new season as number 3 and number 4 respectively, while Hania El Hammamy moves up two places to number 5. As a result, Amanda Sobhy and Sarah-Jane Perry drop to number 6 and 7 respectively, while Joelle King remains at number 8 and Salma Hany at number 9.
India’s Joshna Chinappa drops one spot to number 11, while Olivia Clyne moves up one place to a joint career-high ranking of number 12. Welsh Tesni Evans drops two places to number 13 while Nadine Shahin climbs to a career-high ranking of number one 14. Belgium’s Nele Gilis moves the other way as she drops to number 15.
Yathreb Adel drops one spot to number 16, while Canadian Hollie Naughton moves to a career-high number 17 ranking. American Sabrina Sobhy moves up four places to reach a career-high number 18 ranking, which she shares with England’s Alison Waters.
Meanwhile, Canadian Danielle Letourneau has moved up two places to reach the top 20 for the first time — it’s the first time in history that two Canadian women have been in the top 20 at the same time.
The biggest driver of the women’s tour is 18-year-old England’s Katie Malliff, who rose 213 places to number 163 after her appearances at both the British Open and the TWC Squash Squared Open in August. Akshaya Sri of India is the second biggest mover after rising 135 places to number 241 after a semi-final on the HCL SRFI Indian Tour – Chennai 3.
PSA Women’s World Ranking Top 10 – September 2021