Egypt’s Ali Farag has officially ascended the PSA throne this month as he overtakes compatriot Mohamed ElShorbagy to become the new men’s World No.1 after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for March were released.
Farag, the 26-year-old Harvard-graduate, is the sixth Egyptian male to top the rankings, after his predecessors such as ElShorbagy, Karim Abdel Gawad, Ramy Ashour, Karim Darwish and Amr Shabana.
Cairo-born Farag and husband to current world No.3, Nour El Tayab, earned top spot after coming back from two games down to beat ElShorbagy in the final of January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
That win, coupled with ElShorbagy’s ranking points at the jut concluded Windy City Open, ended his reign as world No.1 as Farag boasts of a higher point average.
Ali’s first match as World No.1 will be against Germany’s Simon Rösner in the semi-finals of the sport’s biggest tournament – the PSA World Championships presented by the Walter Family.
EGYPTIAN DOMINATE TOP FOUR
Ali Farag, Mohamed ElShorbagy, Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad make it an all-Egyptian top four, while Rösner takes the No.5.
Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez rises to No.6, swapping places with New Zealand’s Paul Coll, with Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar rising a place to a career-high No.8 ranking.
Peru’s Diego Elias has moved up to a career-high ranking of No.9, while Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy drops two places to No.10.
France’s Gregory Gaultier rises one spot to No.11, swapping places with India’s Saurav Ghosal, with Omar Mosaad staying at No.13.
Current champion of the Chamberlain Squash Open (CSO) holder Zahed Salem, enjoys an eight-places climb on the lather to a career-high No.14 ranking
While former World No.1 James Willstrop comes behind Salem which is a rise for him to No.15.
Victory at the Pittsburgh Open has seen Frenchman Gregoire Marche rise 13 places to No.17, putting in the big 20 club as he sits behind Germany’s Raphael Kandra.
Joel Makin celebrates a career-high ranking of No.18, while English duo Tom Richards and Declan James complete the top 20.
PSA LEADERS BOARD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH 2019
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