Egypt’s World No.2 Ali Farag has cut the gap on New Zealand’s Paul Coll at the top of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals standings following his victory at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York over the weekend.
The CIB PSA World Tour Finals are scheduled 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.
Farag, who has already automatically qualified for the event thanks to his victory at the CIB Egyptian Open, lived up to his top seed billing under the chandeliers of New York’s Grand Central Terminal to defeat Peru’s Diego Elias and lift the PSA World Tour Gold title.
That win means that Farag now has 17,020 points and sits in second place, while Coll leads the way with 17,235. Peru’s Elias (No.3) and Egypt’s Mostafa Asal have both already secured their place at the season-ending event following Platinum victories during the season with 11,600 and 9,555 points respectively.
The rest of the top eight includes: Wales’ Joel Makin (No.5), Egypt’s Tarek Momen (No.6), Mazen Hesham (No.7) and Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.8).
Currently sitting just outside the top eight and still with a strong case to qualify is former champion Marwan ElShorbagy with 6,742 points.
In the women’s standings, Gohar has pulled away at the top of the leaderboard with an impressive 19,250 points haul after winning the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions for the first time in her career.
She is followed by compatriot Hania El Hammamy with 11,360 points, who has also already automatically qualified following her British Open win. Reigning World Champion Nour El Sherbini sits in third place with 11,195 points and thanks to her points total is uncatchable despite not winning a Platinum event yet this season.
The rest of the top eight sees USA’s Amanda Sobhy move up a place to fourth after finishing runner-up to Gohar in the Tournament of Champions final. New Zealand’s Joelle King (No.5), England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No.6), Egypt’s Rowan Elaraby (No.7) and Salma Hany (No.8) complete the eight.
England’s Georgina Kennedy, USA’s Olivia Fiechter and Belgium’s Nele Gilis all lie in wait of a place in the top eight as they look to mount a charge in the last two events for the women on the PSA World Tour.
The next chance to earn points on the CIB Road to Egypt Standings will come at the PSA World Championships in Cairo, taking place between May 13-22.
World Tour Finals standings
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