Egypt’s World No.9 Mohamed Abouelghar and England’s World No.20 Emily Whitlock have been named the men’s and women’s PSA Players of the Month, respectively, for September.
Abouelghar secured his biggest ever PSA title after he defeated New Zealand’s World No.8 Paul Coll in the final of the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open by an 11-8, 11-8, 11-8 scoreline in 44 minutes.
The Egyptian was in strong form throughout the tournament, continuously taking out higher seeded opposition in the form of former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier, India’s Saurav Ghosal and then Coll in the final to claim his ninth PSA title.
The title win also led to Abouelghar returning to the world’s top ten in October’s Men’s World Rankings.
Meanwhile, Whitlock secures the women’s accolade after a stellar month which saw her claim her biggest PSA title at the Nash Cup and reach the final of the Open International de Squash de Nantes.
The Englishwoman narrowly missed out on victory in France after she fell to Belgium’s World No.33 Nele Gilis in a five-game thriller at the Théâtre Graslin in Nantes.
However, the World No.20 ensured she came back stronger after she defeated Canada’s World No.31 Samantha Cornett to lift the Nash Cup two weeks later.
Whitlock was in dominant form throughout the tournament in London, Canada as she went through the whole event without dropping a single game, culminating in an 11-9, 13-11, 11-5 victory over home favourite Cornett to take her 17th and biggest PSA title.
Her strong month also led to her returning to the world’s top 20 in October’s Women’s World Rankings.