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Egyptians dominate squash world rankings as El Shorbagy brothers make history
Egyptian squash champions Mohamed and Marwan El Shorbagy have became the first siblings in 20 years to rank inside the world’s top 10 at the same time.
Marwan El Shorbagy, 22, jumped two places in the PSA October ranking to occupy the No.10 position, while his older brother Mohamed maintained his first place spot.
September was a great month for Marwan as he reached both China Open and Kolkata International. After earning runner-up finishes in both tournaments, the younger El Shorbagy jumped into the world’s top 10 for the first time in his career.
Marwan became the fifth Egyptian in the top 10 alongside his brother current world No. 1 Mohamed El Shorbagy, Ramy Ashour, Tarek Momen and Omar Mosaad.
Marwan has expressed his delight to psaworldtour.com saying, “making the top ten has always been a dream of mine and I have been working hard every day to try and improve my game.”
“It’s been a tough journey to the top ten but I am sure that I will only get tougher from now on and I feel ready and excited for the challenge,” he added.
It is also worth mentioning that after five-month injury absence, three times world champion and 2010 world No. 1 Ramy Ashour have moved up to become fourth in his journey to regain the lead from compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy.
Egyptian ladies have also dominated October’s women ranking, as Raneem El Welily completed her first month in the lead after becoming the first-ever Egyptian woman to top the PSA rankings since their inception in 1983. Also, 17-year-old Nouran Gohar has jumped four places to become world No.9 and the fifth Egyptian in the top 10, alongside Omneya Abd El Kawy, Nour El Tayeb and Nour El Sherbiny.
The rankings were released few days after the 2020 Olympic committee snubbed squash’s second bid for joining the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The squash community was devastated by the decision and several Egyptian squash champions took to twitter to express their disappointment