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30/06/2020
Women's July Rankings

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Gohar Claims Womenís World No.1 Spot Following El Welily Retirement

Egyptís Nouran Gohar has today (July 1) become the new womenís World No.1 for the first time following the retirement of previous incumbent Raneem El Welily.

El Welily had topped the rankings for 19 months, while Gohar had sat at World No.2 for the previous five months following wins at the U.S. Open and Carol Weymuller Open earlier this season.

However, El Welilyís retirement means that the 22-year-old will now step onto court following the suspension of the PSA World Tour as the sportís leading female player.

"It feels amazing to reach World No.1, Iíve been dreaming about this moment since I was a kid and since I first held a squash racket in my hand," said Gohar.

"Reaching this point in my career has always been a dream, especially because I reached the No.2 spot back in 2017, but at that time it didnít feel like the No.1 spot was getting any closer. Over the last two seasons Iíve been feeling more solid, more consistent, and I had some really great battles, so I felt stronger on the tour, especially after winning the British Open and U.S. Open back-to-back. But I never thought it would be coming this soon.

"I was in shock when I heard about Raneemís retirement, I didnít expect it at all by any means. She was the one who called me and she told me before announcing it on social media because she wanted it to be something personal. I had really mixed emotions, I was sad that one of the legends of the game and a good friend and teammate was retiring, she is like a big sister to me and we have shared a lot of memories together."

While the menís and womenís PSA World Rankings are currently frozen due to the suspension of the PSA World Tour, El Welilyís retirement sees her come out of the rankings, meaning everyone else moves up a place.

That means Nour El Sherbini moves back up to No.2, while Camille Serme (No.3), Nour El Tayeb (No.4) and Sarah-Jane Perry complete the top five. For Perry, itís the first time she has reached the top five, and she is the first English player to rank that highly since Laura Massaro in November 2018.

Hania El Hammamy moves up to a career-high No.6 ranking ahead of Amanda Sobhy (No.7), Joelle King (No.8) and Tesni Evans (No.9). Indiaís Joshna Chinappa returns to the top 10 for the first time since September 2016.

Salma Hany reaches a career-high ranking of No.11, while Yathreb Adel (No.13), Rowan Elaraby (No.15), Nele Gilis (No.16), Nadine Shahin (No.17), Tinne GIlis (No.18), and Nada Abbas (No.19) also achieve their best ever World Rankings.

Meanwhile, Coline Aumard breaks into the top 20 for the first time in her career. It is the first time since February 2011 that the top 20 has included two female French players.

The menís rankings remain unchanged, with Egyptís Mohamed ElShorbagy staying at World No.1 for a sixth month in succession ahead of Ali Farag (No.2), Karim Abdel Gawad (No.3), Tarek Momen (No.4) and Paul Coll (No.5).


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