The Egyptian pair of Ali Farag and Nouran Gohar have both qualified for the PSA World Tour Finals after claiming silverware at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships on Saturday.
Their performances in the finals in Philadelphia, against Mohamed ElShorbagy and Nour El Tayeb, respectively, saw them lift the titles in Philadelphia and qualify for a place in Cairo in June.
The PSA World Tour Finals includes both a men’s and women’s tournament and brings together the reigning PSA World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum title winners – with Farag and Gohar becoming the first players to earn a coveted berth at the lucrative tournament.
Any remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard, and points will be on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.
It is ElShorbagy that leads the way in the men’s standings after winning the first two events of the season, the China Open and the Oracle NetSuite Open. The World No.2 has 5,310 points, with Farag in 2nd on 3,900.
ElShorbagy (right) and Farag (left) are the top two in the men's standings
Oracle NetSuite Open finalist Tarek Momen sits in 3rd with 2,200 points, with Open de France champion Paul Coll in close order behind him, on 1,900.
The remaining place in the men’s standings are currently taken by Marwan ElShorbagy, Joel Makin, Miguel Rodriguez and Simon Rösner, with U.S. Open semi-finalist Diego Elias just outside the top eight.
After reaching the final of the first three events, including taking the crown at the China Open, Nour El Tayeb leads the way on the women’s leaderboard, with 4,710 points.
She sits just ten points above World No.1 Raneem El Welily, who won the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco. With her U.S. Open victory, Gohar sits in 3rd with 3,450, with Camille Serme also over the 3,000 point mark following her Open de France win.
Amanda Sobhy, Hania El Hammamy, Sarah-Jane Perry and Joelle King hold the remaining spots in the top eight of the women’s leaderboard, with the likes of Joshna Chinappa, Tesni Evans and Salma Hany all within 200 points of the qualification places.
The next Platinum events will be the CIB PSA Women’s World Championship and the CIB Egyptian Squash Open, held simultaneously at the Pyramids in Giza, between October 24-November 1.