Nour El Tayeb has moved into the world’s top three for the first time in
her career after the PSA Women’s World Rankings were released today
El Tayeb moves up four places courtesy of a semi-final placing at the
inaugural Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters earlier in January which she
followed up with a runner-up finish at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of
Champions to continue a rich vein of form that also saw her capture the
U.S. Open in October.
The 24-year-old Egyptian fell just short of clinching the Tournament of
Champions title in New York as she was defeated by compatriot Nour El
Sherbini - who retains her place at the top of the Women’s Rankings for
the 22nd successive month ahead of World Champion Raneem El Welily
El Sherbini enjoyed a formidable start to 2018, lifting both the Saudi
PSA Women’s Squash Masters and Tournament of Champions titles to take
her tally to five titles so far this season to extend her lead at the
top of the rankings.
Meanwhile, England’s Laura Massaro stays at No.4, while France’s Camille
Serme drops to No.5 for the first time since December 2016.
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and Malaysia’s Nicol David both drop a place, down
to No.6 and No.7, respectively, while England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, New
Zealand’s Joelle King and England’s Alison Waters complete the top ten.
Hong Kong’s Annie Au (No.11), Wales’ Tesni Evans (No.12) and American
Olivia Blatchford (No.13) all remain unchanged, with England’s Emily
Whitlock and Australia’s Donna Urquhart both rising a place to round off
the top 15.
Elsewhere in the top 20, England’s Victoria Lust remains at No.16, while
India’s Joshna Chinappa drop three places to World No.17, Hong Kong’s
Joey Chan (No.18) and Egypt’s Salma Hany (No.19) swap places and India’s
Dipika Pallikal Karthik completes the top 20.
United States Amanda Sobhy – who made her return after a ten month
injury lay-off in New York last month - drops two places to No.30.