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Mohamed ElShorbagy

ElShorbagy and Arnold Named September PSA Players of the Month

Egypt’s World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and Malaysia’s World No.43 Rachel Arnold have been named the men’s and women’s PSA Player of the Month, respectively, for September.

ElShorbagy enjoyed an incredible run of form in September which saw him claim two consecutive PSA World Tour Gold title at the J.P. Morgan China Squash Open and the Oracle NetSuite Open.

At his first tournament of the season in Shanghai, the former World No.1 proved to be unstoppable as he powered through early rounds of difficult matches before putting World No.1 Ali Farag to the sword in the final by an 11-3, 11-9, 5-11, 11-8 in 60 minutes.

The Bristol-based Egyptian then continued his rich vein of form to claim victory in San Francisco, where he overcame compatriot and World No.3 Tarek Momen in a thrilling five-game battle in the final to win his second Oracle NetSuite Open title.

Meanwhile, Arnold takes the women’s accolade after securing the Malaysian Open title on home turf.

Rachel Arnold in action against Low Wee Wern at the Malaysian Open

The Malaysian defeated compatriot and defending champion Low Wee Wern in five-games to lift her biggest PSA title to date.

Low took a 2-1 lead, before Arnold bravely battled back to close out an 11-7, 11-13, 10-12, 11-8, 11-5 victory in 61 minutes.

Other notable performers from last month were France’s Auguste Dussourd who claimed two PSA Challenger Tour titles, including the Aspin Cup which saw him qualify for the prestigious men’s PSA World Championships which will take place in Qatar next month. Dussourd’s compatriot – Benjamin Aubert – also qualified for the men’s World Championship after winning the QSF 3 title earlier in September.

Scotland’s Greg Lobban also enjoyed a good month lifting his biggest PSA title to date at the HKFC International.

On the women’s tour, Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb and Raneem El Welily both reached two finals with each player taking one title each. El Tayeb drew first blood after she defeated El Welily in the final of the China Open to secure the first honour of the new season. El Welily got her revenge, however, at the Oracle NetSuite Open as she swept El Tayeb away in straight games to lift the title in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, American Marina Stefanoni defeated Egypt’s Hana Moataz to win the Aspin Cup and qualify for the CIB PSA Women’s World Championships which will take place in front of the Pyramids in Egypt later this month.

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