Egypt’s Farag breaks into top 4
02 Nov 2017 - 1:16
Egypt’s Ali Farag has moved into the world’s top four for the first time in his career after the PSA Men’s World Rankings were released yesterday.
Farag, a 25-year-old Harvard-graduate, lifted his maiden PSA World Series title last month at the US Open Presented by Macquarie Investment Management, shortly after his wife, Nour El Tayeb, won her first World Series title on the same night in Philadelphia, ensuring that they became the first married couple in sporting history ever to win the same major sports title on the same day.
A week later, Farag made it to the final of the Channel VAS Championships at St George’s Hill, however he fell to the man he beat in the US Open final, Mohamed ElShorbagy, who stays at No.3 but cuts the points gap between himself and World No.2 Karim Abdel Gawad.
Frenchman Gregory Gaultier stays at World No.1, while three-time World Champion Nick Matthew drops a place to No.5 – his lowest World Ranking in 12 months. Egyptian trio Marwan El Shorbagy, Tarek Momen and Fares Dessouky take the No.6, No.7 and No.8 spots, respectively, with Dessouky sitting at a career-high ranking. New Zealand’s Paul Coll also moves up a spot to a career-high No.9 ranking, while England’s James Willstrop falls three places to close out the top 10.
Egypt’s Ramy Ashour stays at No.11 ahead of Simon Rosner (No.12) and Mohamed Abouelghar (No.13), with Peru’s Diego Elias and England’s Daryl Selby swapping places to sit at No.14 and No.15, respectively.
Elsewhere in the top 20, Mexico’s Cesar Salazar moves up two places to occupy No.17 – a career-best ranking – trading places with Australia’s Cameron Pilley, who falls to No.19.
Former World No.3 Omar Mosaad claims the last place in the top 20 at the expense of compatriot Zahed Mohamed after his semi-final finish at the US Open – his first World Series semi-final since March 2016 – saw his ranking increase by 11 places.