Colombia’s World No.6 Miguel Angel Rodriguez and Australia’s World No.45 Christine Nunn have been named the PSA Players of the Month for May after both players enjoyed big title wins.
Rodriguez, the 32-year-old from Bogota, earned the PSA Men’s Player of the Month award after a ground-breaking month which saw him take silverware at both the iconic Allam British Open and the Sporta Guatemala XI Torneo Internacional PSA 2018 tournaments.
The Colombian Cannonball stormed to success in Hull, when the unseeded player defeated World No.1 and reigning World Champion Mohamed ElShorbagy in an epic five-game final to be crowned the first South American winner of the tournament.
Rodriguez had a tough draw in Hull, defeating three-time World Champion Ramy Ashour, former World No.3 Omar Mosaad, World No.2 Ali Farag and ‘giant killer’ Raphael Kandra en route to the final before making history by beating ElShorbagy to be crowned champion and lift his first World Series title.
The 32-year-old then backed this up with victory in Guatemala when he defeated Peru’s World No.11 Diego Elias in the all South American final of the PSA M50 tournament to claim his 28th PSA World Tour title.
Rodriguez’s historical month also saw him rise seven places on the Men’s World Rankings to No.6 and earn a place at the season-ending ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Nunn earned the Women’s Player of the Month accolade after securing two titles during May.
The 27-year-old from Canberra claimed the NT Open title after defeating top seed and former World No.1 Rachael Grinham 3-1 in the final, after not dropping a game en route to the final.
The Australian then backed this up with victory at the Court Tech Women’s PSA Classic a few weeks later when she put New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts to the sword by an 11-9, 11-4, 11-7 margin to extend her purple patch of form and earn her fourth successive PSA World Tour title.
Her title wins also saw her rise from World No.53 to World No.45 in June’s Women’s World Rankings.