In April, Egyptian champions Mohamed El-Shorbagy and Nour El-Sherbiny won the 2016 El Gouna International Squash Open and the 2016 Women’s World Championship 2016, respectively.
Thanks to these victories, in the Professional Squash Association’s (PSA) monthly world ranking for May, El-Shorbagy maintained his place, as the best male player internationally and El-Sherbiny jumped from second place to be ranked first also.
After achieving these victories, Egyptian fans expected better results for both squash heroes at the 2016 PSA World Series, which took place in Dubai from 24 to 28 May.
Unfortunately, El-Sherbiny exited the tournament in the semi-finals, after losing to English squash player Laura Massaro, who is ranked second internationally.
El-Shorbagy also exited the tournament in the semi-finals, after being defeated by Australian Cameron Pilley, who is ranked 13th internationally.
El-Shorbagy and El-Sherbiny were not the only players representing Egypt. Also competing in the tournament was: Omar Mosaad, ranked fourth internationally; Raneem El-Welily, ranked third internationally; Nouran Gohar, ranked sixth internationally; and Omneya Abdel Kawy, ranked seventh internationally. Out of these players, only El-Welily managed to qualify to the finals.
In the women’s final, El-Welily lost to Massaro, with scores of 11-9, 6-11, 11-5, 10-12, 5-11; and a final score of 2-3.
As for the men’s final, Pilley lost to French player Grégory Gaultier, who is ranked second internationally, with the following scores: 4-11, 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, and a final score of 3-1.