Germany’s Simon Rösner and Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini have been named the PSA Men’s and Women’s Players of the Month, respectively, for January after both picked up World Series titles at the start of the year.
Rösner secured his maiden World Series title when he saw off Egypt’s World No.7 Tarek Momen in the final of the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions. The title win, also saw Rösner make history as he became the first ever German squash player to win a PSA World Series tournament.
The German World No.6 followed up a stunning semi-final upset of World No.1 Gregory Gaultier to take an 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-5 victory over Egypt’s World No.7 Momen in 71 minutes.
The 30-year-old from Paderborn played with precision to go two games up and then showed grit and determination as he recovered from dropping the third to become the first non-Egyptian male to win the tournament since England’s Nick Matthew in 2012.
Nour El Sherbini
Meanwhile, El Sherbini enjoyed a formidable start to the year as she lifted two World Series titles in January as she claimed both the inaugural Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters and the Tournament of Champions titles.
El Sherbini claimed the first ever Saudi PSA Women’s Squash Masters title in Riyadh at the start of the year in a historic moment for squash, as she defeated World No.2 and World Champion Raneem El Welily in the final.
In what was the first professional women’s sports tournament ever to take place in Saudi Arabia, El Sherbini stormed through the field to reach the title-decider and was in full control to prevail a comfortable 3-0 winner to become the first female athlete in any sport to win a professional tournament staged in the country.
The Egyptian World No.1 continued her powerful run of form later in the month as she appeared in her fifth successive PSA World Tour final and twice fought back from a game down against U.S. Open champion Nour El Tayeb in the Tournament of Champions final in New York to lift her fifth title of the season.