Egypt’s World No.4 Tarek Momen and England’s World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry have been named the men’s and women’s PSA Players of the Month for October, respectively.
Momen secured the biggest title of his career and his first in four years when he defeated World No.2 Ali Farag in the final of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill.
Momen had been in brilliant form throughout the tournament – dispatching Cameron Pilley, Paul Coll and Diego Elias without dropping a single game – and was up against the 2017 runner-up in Farag.
The World No.4 twice went a game behind against World No.2 Farag, but fought back both times to force a decider as he played some accurate attacking squash.
The drama rose to a crescendo in the fifth as Momen thought he had won it after playing a winner while holding championship ball. Farag questioned whether the ball had clipped the tin, and Momen agreed to play a let to put his title win on temporary hold.
However, the 30-year-old held his nerve to close out the win on the very next point as he completed an 8-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-5, 11-9 victory to capture the fifth PSA trophy of his career.
Tarek Momen with the Channel VAS Championships trophy
Meanwhile, Perry produced a stellar month as she successfully defended her Oracle NetSuite Open title and reached the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in Brooklyn.
Perry came from 2-0 down to defeat Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David in the 2017 final and proved to be the woman to beat yet again in San Francisco.
The Englishwoman survived a comeback from reigning World Champion Raneem El Welily in the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open as she played some of her best squash to win 11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7 in 57 minutes to defend her title.
The 28-year-old then backed this up with a final appearance at the Carol Weymuller Open where she narrowly lost out to World No.3 Nour El Tayeb.
Perry knocked out Belgium’s Nele Gilis, United States’ Amanda Sobhy and Egypt’s Salma Hany en route to the final before falling to a 3-1 defeat to World No.3 El Tayeb.