Massaro Rises to World No.2 in April Women’s
England’s Laura Massaro has moved back into the world’s top two for
the first time since November 2016 after the PSA Women’s World
Rankings for April were released.
Massaro became the first Englishwoman since Janet Morgan in 1951 to
lift the iconic Allam British Open title for a second time when she
triumphed in an all-English final with Sarah-Jane Perry in Hull last
That victory was enough to propel the 33-year-old Lancastrian to the
World No.2 spot, one place behind World Champion Nour El Sherbini,
who fell to Massaro in the semi-finals of the sport’s
As a result, Camille Serme, Raneem El Welily and Nouran Gohar all
move down a place to round out the top five, while Nicol David’s
first Tour title since 2015 at the Ciudad de Floridablanca sees her
rise to No.6.
Amanda Sobhy - who is currently out of action with a ruptured
achilles tendon - falls to No.7 - while Perry sits at No.8.
England’s Alison Waters and Joelle King complete the world’s
Annie Au, Nour El Tayeb and Emily Whitlock are on the rise to sit at
respective rankings of No.11, No.12 and No.13, with Whitlock
claiming a career-high ranking after her quarter-final finish in
Hull. Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy drops six places to No.15.
Elsewhere, in the top 20, Donna Urquhart and Tesni Evans both move
up one place to sit at No.17 and a career-best No.18, respectively,
while US No.2 Olivia Blatchford makes her debut in the world’s top
20, rising up eight places to No.19 courtesy of her runner-up berth
Hong Kong’s Joey Chan drops three places from No.17 and the
28-year-old rounds out the top 20.