Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Canadian World No.52 Nikki Todd have been named as the PSA Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month, respectively, for November after both players claimed silverware last month.
ElShorbagy has played some of the best squash of his career in recent months and November was no different for the Bristol-based 26-year-old as he prevailed at both the Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open to make it three PSA World Tour titles in a row.
The former World No.1 – who has now reached six successive Tour finals – defeated October’s Player of the Month Ali Farag, World No.1 Gregory Gaultier and World No.7 Tarek Momen to lift his third Qatar Classic crown, overtaking Farag on the PSA Men’s World Series Standings in the process.
And the Egyptian powerhouse’s red-hot form showed no signs of abating in Hong Kong, with home hope Max Lee falling in round one, before he moved on to put Lucas Serme, Mohamed Abouelghar and younger brother Marwan to the sword – setting up yet another clash with Farag in the final.
The match went all the way to five games, but it was the older Egyptian who prevailed to claim the 29th Tour title of his career and his third in Hong Kong to continue his superb start to the 2017/18 campaign.
Nikki Todd (left) in action at the Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Open (photo by Lisa Cattran)
While ElShorbagy was adding yet another piece of silverware to his swelling trophy cabinet, Todd was lifting her first ever PSA World Tour title after taking the honours at the Alliance Fabricating Ltd. Simon Warder Memorial Prostate Cancer Open, PSA W5 tournament.
The 27-year-old had reached one Tour final before – at the Corporation Service Company Delaware Open last year – but fell at the final hurdle to World No.22 Fiona Moverley.
However, Toronto-based Todd went one better in Sarnia, Canada as she battled her way past England’s Jasmine Hutton, Wales’ Ali Hemingway and Egyptian qualifier Ingy Hammouda to reach the final, where she went two games up against World No.82 Diana Garcia.
She then had to batten down the hatches as Garcia came storming back to take the next two games, but Todd held her nerve in the decider to close out the win and claim her maiden Tour trophy.