US No.1 Amanda Sobhy and Egypt’s Ali Farag have been named the PSA World Tour Players of the Month for September following impressive performances at the CIB Egyptian Open and the Oracle NetSuite Open.
Sobhy became the first US-born player in history to reach the top three of the PSA World Rankings after a stellar month. The 28-year-old put in a strong showing in Cairo, making it to the semi final, where she lost to World No.2 and eventual winner Nouran Gohar.
Sobhy built on this form to storm into the Oracle NetSuite Open. The Philadelphia resident looked unplayable in San Francisco, knocking out two-time winner and World No.7 Sarah-Jane Perry in the semi final and World No.9 Salma Hany in the final. Perhaps most impressively, Sobhy made it through the entire tournament without dropping a single game.
Amanda Sobhy celebrates her win in San Francisco.
Meanwhile, Farag takes the men’s award after winning two titles on the World Tour last month.
Since losing to New Zealand’s Paul Coll in the Allam British Open final in August, Farag has been in imperious form.
Ali Farag celebrates his CIB Egyptian Open win.
The World No.1 was in devastating form at the Pyramids as he looked to defend his title at one of the sport’s most iconic venues.
In the semi final, he avenged his British Open final defeat to Coll with a devastating performance, beating the Kiwi 3-1 before coming from two games down to beat compatriot and World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final and strengthen his postition at the top of the World Rankings.
Farag continued to impress in San Francisco, knocking out the highly-rated Mostafa Asal in the semi final and inflicting another 3-1 defeat on Coll in the final to win his second Oracle NetSuite Open title.
Other impressive performances in September came from Nouran Gohar who axed World No.1 Nour El Sherbini in the final of the CIB Egyptian Open, saving three match balls to triumph. While, Hany reached her biggest PSA final to date at the Oracle NetSuite Open.