Gaultier back at the top
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier has become World #1 for the sixth time in his career, overtaking Egypt’s Karim Abdel Gawad to top the PSA Men’s World Rankings – making it the first time since 2012 that the top spot has changed hands four months in a row.
Gaultier, who at 34 years and five months has broken his own record as the oldest ever World #1, lost the ranking to Gawad last month, but celebrated title successes at the Grasshopper Cup and Bellevue Classic during May to leapfrog Gawad – who slips down to #2 – and reclaim top spot.
Egypt’s Ali Farag was a beaten finalist in both the Grasshopper Cup and Bellevue Classic and is rewarded with a move into the world’s top five for the first time in his career.
England’s James Willstrop stays at #6, while Marwan ElShorbagy, Ramy Ashour, Tarek Momen and Fares Dessouky complete the seven-strong Egyptian contingent in the world’s top 10.
Germany’s Simon Rösner sits just outside at #11, while New Zealand’s Paul Coll moves up to a career-high #12 ranking. Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar, who last week captured his first title in 18 months, claims a place amongst the world’s top 15 for the first time.
El Sherbini Stays at World #1 for 14th month
El Sherbini sits a place ahead of compatriot Raneem El Welily – the player she beat in April’s PSA Women’s World Championship final – with France’s Camille Serme, British Open champion Laura Massaro and World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar rounding out an unchanged top five.
Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David, British Open runner-up Sarah-Jane Perry, US #1 Amanda Sobhy and England’s Alison Waters remain at numbers #6 to #9, while the only change in the world’s top 10 sees Hong Kong’s Annie Au move up a place to overtake New Zealand’s Joelle King.
Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb is also on the rise to #11 – a place ahead of King – while the rest of the world’s top 20 is unchanged.