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El Welily and Dessouky Named April PSA Players of the Month

Egypt’s World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.18 Fares Dessouky have been named the PSA women’s and men’s Player of the Month, respectively, for April.

World No.1 El Welily shows no signs of slowing down her impressive form after she added another two titles to her impressive collection this season at the DPD Open Squash and the El Gouna International in April.

El Welily went to five-games in all of her matches at the DPD Open in Eindhoven, even coming from 2-0 down against three-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the final to win the inaugural PSA World Tour Gold title.

The Cairo-based Egyptian then successfully retained her El Gouna International title after she defeated younger compatriot Nouran Gohar in the final of the PSA Platinum event.

That run means that El Welily has claimed the title at her last three successive tournaments and now has five titles this season.

Fares Dessouky celebrates his win over Mohamed ElShorbagy

Meanwhile, Dessouky showed that he was back to his best after being forced to the sidelines following a torn ACL sustained in November 2017.

The 24-year-old was in fine form in El Gouna – where he was the wildcard – defeating the likes of World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.7 Miguel Rodriguez en route to the semi-finals as he reached the last four of a PSA Platinum tournament for the first time in two years.

The young Egyptian displayed one of his best performances in the quarter-finals to take out compatriot ElShorbagy, in his first win over the former World No.1 on the PSA World Tour as he completed a 15-13, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9 victory, before falling to World No.5 Karim Abdel Gawad in the semis.

That run also means that he has risen up the World Rankings in May by 24 places and now sits at World No.18 after being ranked outside of the top 20 for 12 months.

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