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Marwan ElShorbagy (left) takes on Ali Farag (right) in their 2017 Windy City Open semi-final clash

ElShorbagy and Cornett are February PSA Players of the Month


Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy and Canada’s Samantha Cornett have been named the PSA Players of the Month for February after both players displayed some of their best form over the past month.

ElShorbagy, the World No.7, reached the first World Series final of his career in Chicago after a stunning run to the final of the Windy City Open – which saw him defeat older brother and World No.1 Mohamed in an emotional quarter-final victory.

The pair had met seven times previously on the PSA World Tour, with Marwan failing to take more than a single game against his elder sibling on all seven occasions.

But the 23-year-old – three years his brother’s junior – recovered from a one-sided opening game that saw him take a solitary point to take a dramatic win in five games – resulting in emotional scenes from both brothers.

ElShorbagy took the confidence from that victory into his semi-final encounter with compatriot Ali Farag, beating the World No.8 3-1, before eventually coming unstuck in the final against World No.3 Gregory Gaultier after the Frenchman fought back from a game down.

Samantha Cornett (left) takes on Joelle King (right) during the 2017 Windy City Open

World No.44 Cornett was in title-winning form last month after she triumphed on home soil at the Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open.

Cornett, seeded sixth for the tournament, dispatched the higher-seeded duo of Nada Abbas and Danielle Letourneau to reach the final, where she saw off Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy to lift her first PSA World Tour title since November – just one day after her 26th birthday.

She followed up a fine week in Winnipeg some strong displays at the Windy City Open, with superb victories in the qualification stages against Sarah Cardwell and Coline Aumard seeing her reach the main draw.

Cornett wasn’t done there though as she pulled off one of the greatest wins of her career with a stunning 3-1 victory over former World No.4 Joelle King.

Her tournament eventually came to an end at the hands of World No.5 Laura Massaro in round two, but her exploits throughout the month saw her move back into the world’s top 50 for the first time since February 2016.

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