Egypt’s World No.7 Hania El Hammamy and World No.2 Ali Farag have been named the women’s and men’s Player of the Month, respectively, for March.
19-year-old El Hammamy broke new ground when she stormed through the field in Cairo, Egypt to lift her first PSA Platinum title at the CIB Black Ball Squash Open.
The Egyptian teenager defeated the likes of France’s World No.4 Camille Serme, USA’s World No.8 Amanda Sobhy and England’s World No.6 Sarah-Jane Perry en route to her first Platinum final before then overcoming reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini in a thrilling five-game final to be crowned champion.
That win also meant that El Hammamy rised up the rankings as she sits at a career-high of World No.7.
Meanwhile, Farag receives the men’s accolade after lifting the Windy City Open title and reaching the final of the Canary Wharf Classic in a solid March for the former World No.1.
Farag was forced to come from two-games down against New Zealand’s World No.5 Paul Coll in the final in Chicago to get his hands on his first Windy City Open title and his second successive title in Chicago after lifting the PSA World Championship trophy last season.
Less than a week later the Egyptian was in action in London at the Canary Wharf Classic, where he made it all the way to the final before losing out to World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in an epic final battle.
Other strong performances in March on the PSA World Tour came from World No.3 El Sherbini who battled through illness and injury to lift the Windy City Open title after defeating World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the final.
While, Coll made it to his first Platinum final in Chicago, with ElShorbagy taking the honours in London at the Canary Wharf Classic PSA World Tour Gold event.