Courtesy of their joint victory at last week's 2017 U.S. Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, married couple Ali Farag and Nour El Tayeb have taken a commanding lead atop the first PSA World Series Standings after the first World Series tournament of the 2017/18 season.
Only the top eight players on the men’s and women’s World Series Standings will qualify for a place at June’s lucrative PSA World Series Finals – with players battling for crucial qualification points at all eight World Series tournaments throughout the season – and Farag and El Tayeb have made a strong start in their quest for qualification after taking the maximum 100 points on offer at the U.S. Open, when they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major individual sports title on the same day.
Farag, the World No.5 who lost out in the group stages of last season’s PSA World Series Finals, defeated 2016/17 World Series Finals winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final, while El Tayeb, who is yet to appear at the showpiece tournament, overcame World No.2 Raneem El Welily to join Farag in capturing their first World Series titles.
ElShorbagy and El Welily receive 65 points for their runner-up finishes, while semi-finalists Nick Matthew, Omar Mosaad, Laura Massaro and Joelle King all sit inside the top four.
Simon Rösner, Daryl Selby, Fares Dessouky and Diego Elias complete the rest of the men’s top eight, while three-time World Series Finals champion Gregory Gaultier and two-time winner Ramy Ashour are yet to pick up a point after missing out on the U.S. Open through injury, with World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad’s first round defeat meaning that he too fails to feature in the top eight.
The women’s World Series Standings see World Champion Nour El Sherbini, Annie Au, Nouran Gohar and Alison Waters sit inside the top eight, with the likes of two-time winner Nicol David and Camille Serme – who finished top on the the 2016/17 World Series Standings – surprise absentees from the top eight after early exits in Philadelphia.
Doha will host the next World Series tournament – the Qatar Classic between October 29 – November 3 – when the battle for points for the World Series Standings intensifies.
The 2017/18 PSA World Series Finals will take place in June, 2018. For more information on the tournament, please visit the tournament website.
The World Series Standings