France’s World No.3 Camille Serme and Egypt’s World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy have been named the PSA Players of the Month for January following their victories at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions.
Serme lifted her second Tournament of Champions title after a breathtaking performance from the 30-year-old saw her end a four-match losing streak to World Champion Nour El Sherbini in the final held in Grand Central Terminal.
Camille Serme celebrates against Nour El Sherbini at the Tournament of Champions
The Frenchwoman played some of her best squash in New York throughout the course of the week as she defeated World No.1 Raneem El Welily and World No.3 Nouran Gohar en route to the final, before completing the set with a victory over World No.2 El Sherbini to win her second Tournament of Champions title.
That win saw Serme climb back up the World Rankings as she now sits at World No.3 to break up a previous all-Egyptian top four.
Meanwhile, ElShorbagy ensured that he would overtake compatriot Ali Farag as the men’s World No.1 in the February World Rankings after he came from a game down to overcome World Champion Tarek Momen, winning 9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-5 to win his third Tournament of Champions trophy.
Mohamed ElShorbagy celebrates at the Tournament of Champions
The 29-year-old finished runner-up in Grand Central just 12 months prior as he lost the final and surrendered the World No.1 spot to Farag. However, ElShorbagy cut a determined figure on court to collect his 40th PSA title, a tally which puts him joint fifth on the all-time men’s PSA World Tour title winners list.
ElShorbagy is also now the fifth longest-serving male World No.1 of all time, with his 41 months atop the rankings only bettered by Jansher Khan, Jahangir Khan, Peter Nicol and Geoff Hunt.
Other notable performances last month came from Nouran Gohar, who rose to a joint-career high of World No.2 following reaching the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions and beating compatriot Nour El Tayeb to win the Carol Weymuller Open title.
On the men’s tour there were also victories for Fares Dessouky, who won his biggest title to date at the Pittsburgh Open after defeating Saurav Ghosal in the final. While, Moustafa El Sirty defeated Juan Camilo Vargas to lift the Airport Squash & Fitness Xmas Challenger.