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CIB Road To Egypt Update: El Sherbini Qualifies After World Champs Win

After winning the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo, World No.2 Nour El Sherbini has qualified for the CIB PSA Wold Tour Finals, which will take place at the end of the 2021-2022 PSA World Tour season.

The CIB PSA World Tour Finals are scheduled to take place in Cairo in June 2022 and the event includes both a men’s and women’s tournament featuring eight players each, bringing together all Platinum title winners as well as the reigning PSA World Champions. Any remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, with points on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.

Perhaps surprisingly, El Sherbini had not automatically qualified for the season-ending event already, having lost out in the finals of both the CIB Egyptian Open and the CIB Black Ball Open this season. However, after two months out through injury, the ‘Warrior Princess’ came back with a bang to win the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo, claiming her sixth World title, and booking her spot at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals.

She now has 14,370 points, and sits 2nd in the standings only to World No.1 Nouran Gohar, who thanks to her incredible 2021-2022 season so far has amassed a massive 21,340 points. Hania El Hammamy, who has also automatically qualified following her victory at the Allam British Open, sits in 3rd with 12,140 points.

Following the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo, US No.1 Amanda Sobhy and New Zealand No.1 Joelle King are both assured of a place at the season-ending tournament as well, as they can now not mathematically drop out of the top eight. Sobhy reached the semis in Cairo, while King added the Manchester Open title to her trophy cabinet in mid-April. The pair sit at No.4 and No.5 in the standings following the World Championships.

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No.6) and Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby (No.7) and Salma Hany (No.8) occupy the rest of the top eight places in the CIB Road To Egypt standings, but England’s Georgina Kennedy and USA’s Olivia Fiechter are both close behind the Egyptian pair, and have the chance to break into the top eight in El Gouna next week.

Following his third CIB PSA World Championships Cairo crown, World No.2 Ali Farag has moved to the top of the CIB Road To Egypt men’s standings, leapfrogging New Zealand’s Paul Coll to take top spot.

Ali Farag with the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo trophy

Farag now has 20,195 points after an incredible month in which he has won both the J.P Morgan Tournament of Champions and the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo, and he now sits above Coll, who occupies the No.2 position in the standings on 18,505 points.

Following their respective victories at the Qatar QTerminals Classic and the U.S. Open presented by Truist, Peru’s Diego Elias (No.3) and Egypt’s Mostafa Asal (No.4) have both already automatically qualified for the season-ending event in Cairo.

The rest of the men’s top eight is yet to be decided, however. After reaching the final of the CIB PSA World Championships Cairo, Mohamed ElShorbagy is now the No.5 in the CIB Road to Egypt standings, with Tarek Momen (No.6), Joel Makin (No.7) and Mazen Hesham (No.8) making up the rest of the top eight.

Those places are not set yet, though, as Marwan ElShorbagy has 7,522 points, and is well within reach of those four players in the standings, and good performances at the El Gouna International and the Necker Mauritius Open – Presented by Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels could see the former CIB PSA World Tour Finals champion feature in the season-ending event once more.

The 2021-22 CIB PSA World Tour Finals are planned to take place in June 2022 in Cairo. For more updates on the PSA World Tour, follow the PSA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok.

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