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26/01/2022
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Coll Men’s Player of Year
El Sherbini and Sobhy joint winners


MEN



Although world no.1 Ali Farag and young gun Mostafa Asal got a few ticks at the ballot box, New Zealand’s Paul Coll was a clear winner among our panellists. The work he has put into his game with coach Rob Owen has made an immense difference, especially at the front of the court, propelling him to world no.2 – the first Kiwi to reach such heights since Ross Norman over 30 years ago. His roar in the British Open final after a superb breakthrough victory over Farag could be heard across Humberside!

Steve Walton: “Coll’s relentless efforts to improve and take on the Egyptians will inspire a new wave of players.”



WOMEN



The panel could not be split on this one, so we have joint winners in Nour El Sherbini and Amanda Sobhy. James Zug calls the Egyptian the “obvious choice” after she won four of the six events she entered, including the World Championships and the British Open. Others went with their heart, choosing the ever-engaging Sobhy for her rise to world no.3, her home-soil victory at the NetSuite Open and bravery for going public about her past battle with bulimia.

Richard Eaton: “El Sherbini won the world title for a fifth time which means Nicol David is the only woman to have won more.”

Jamie Maddox: “Battling the Egyptians must be very tough but Amanda has done remarkably well and playing such a skilful brand of squash.”