Egypt’s World No.13 Mazen Hesham has broken into the top eight of the CIB Road to Egypt standings following his run to the final of the Houston Open, PSA World Tour Gold men’s event.
The CIB PSA World Tour Finals are planned to take place in Cairo in June 2022 and the event includes both a men’s and women’s tournament featuring eight players each, bringing together all Platinum title winners as well as the reigning PSA World Champions. Any remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings, with points on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.
The talented shot maker impressed in Texas, USA last week, beating the likes of World No.7 Marwan ElShorbagy and France’s Gregoire Marche before falling to World No.1 Ali Farag in four games in the final.
That run means that Hesham moves up two places on the Road to Egypt standings and into the top eight with 4,140 points.
Meanwhile following his Houston Open victory, Farag reclaims top spot on the men’s leaderboard with 11,035 points. However, the Egyptian has already automatically qualified following his victory at the CIB Egyptian Open PSA Platinum event.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll, who chose not to play in Houston, follows in second place with 10,986 points, while automatic qualifiers Mostafa Asal and Diego Elias sit third and fourth respectively.
Former World Champion Tarek Momen occupies the fifth place spot with 5,145 points while Joel Makin (No.6) and Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.7) complete the top eight along with Hesham.
Following close behind are Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy (No.9), Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez (No.10) and France’s Gregoire Marche (No.10) who all still stand a good chance of cracking the top eight with plenty of points on offer at the next run of events.
The women’s standings remain unchanged following no World Tour events so far in 2022. Egypt’s World No.2 Nouran Gohar currently leads the way with 9,315 points and has automatic qualification following her wins at Platinum events, the CIB Egyptian Open and U.S. Open.
World No.1 Nour El Sherbini is in second place with 7,410 points, with Hania El Hammamy not far behind with 6,390 points following their match in the final of the CIB Squash Open Black Ball Open.
USA’s Amanda Sobhy (No.4), England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No.5), Egypt’s Salma Hany (No.6), New Zealand’s Joelle King (No.7) and Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby complete the top eight in the current standings.
Current CIB Road to Egypt standings
The next chance to earn points on the Road to Egypt standings will come at the Sturbridge Capital Motor City Open PSA Silver event in Detroit, USA for the men and the Cleveland Classic PSA Bronze event for the women.