EGYPT’S Hania Al-Hammami has reached a career-high ranking of world No 4 after the release of the November PSA (Professional Squash Association) women’s world rankings earlier in the week.
The 21-year-old Al-Hammami reached the final of the US Open last month and overtakes France’s Camille Serme who drops to No 5. Egypt’s Nour Al-Sherbini stays at world No 1 for the 13th month in succession ahead of US Open champion Nouran Gohar of Egypt at No 2 and the USA’s Amanda Sobhi at No 3.
Egypt’s Nour Al-Tayeb fell four places to No 9, with England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No 6), New Zealand’s Joelle King (No7) and Egypt’s Salma Hani (career-high No 8 ranking) all rising a place as a result. Rowan Al-Arabi of Egypt completes the top 10.
Egypt’s Ali Farag has made it 23 months in total at world No 1. Egypt’s Mohamed Al-Shorbagi stays at No 2, with Qatar Classic runner-up Paul Coll of New Zealand and Tarek Momen of Egypt remaining at No 3 and No 4, respectively.
US Open champion Mustafa Assal of Egypt has moved up four places to a career-high No 6 ranking, while Egypt’s Fares Dessouki stays at No 7. Marwan Al-Shorbagi, also from Egypt, fell three places to No 8, with Welshman Joel Makin staying at No 9. 2016 world champion, Egyptian Karim Abdel-Gawad, suffered a four-place drop to No 10, his lowest ranking since October 2018.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 4 November, 2021 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly