Ali Farag Ascends Throne

Ali Farag Ascends Throne

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.

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All hail the king, Egyptian world No.1 Ali Farag

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.

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Power couple of Squash, Current world No.1 and current world No.3,, Egyptians Ali Farag and Nour El Tayab

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.

Zahed Salem makes Top 20 club

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

RANKNAMETOURNAMENTSPOINTS
1ALI FARAG713,120
2MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY710,070
3TAREK MOMEN88,480
4KARIM ABDEL GAWAD87,885
5SIMON RÖSNER77,200
6PAUL COLL75,805
7MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR75,500
8DIEGO ELIAS95,355
9SAURAV GHOSAL93,845
10OMAR MOSAAD103,573
11MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ83,090
12JOEL MAKIN72,605
13ZAHED SALEM62,545
14GREGOIRE MARCHE72,510
15TOM RICHARDS82,443
16NICOLAS MUELLER92,385
17RAPHAEL KANDRA82,210
18GREG LOBBAN82,183
19DARYL SELBY52,045
20RYAN CUSKELLY81,940