World Champions Mohamed ElShorbagy and Raneem El Welily have climbed to the top of the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard after claiming silverware at the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships on Saturday.
Their performances at the PSA World Tour Platinum tournament saw them qualify for the PSA World Tour Finals, which will bring the curtain down on the 2018/19 season next June.
The PSA World Tour Finals includes both a men’s and women’s tournament and brings together the reigning PSA World Champions and all seven PSA World Tour Platinum title winners – with ElShorbagy and El Welily becoming the first players to earn a coveted berth at the lucrative tournament.
Any remaining places are allocated to the highest ranked players on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard, and points will be on offer at all PSA World Tour events during the season.
ElShorbagy tops the men’s leaderboard with 3,900 points, while U.S. Open runner-up Simon Rösner sits in second place on 2,940.
Oracle NetSuite Open champion Ali Farag sits in third place ahead of fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar, who won the J.P. Morgan China Open last month.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll resides in fifth after a strong run of form which has seen him reach both the China Open final and the semi-finals of the U.S. Open, while former World No.1 Gregory Gaultier occupies sixth place in the leaderboard.
The final places in the men’s top eight are taken up by India’s Saurav Ghosal and Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez.
El Welily has already won both the China Open and U.S. Open this season and also reached the final of the Oracle NetSuite Open last month to give her a total of 5,305 points.
France’s Camille Serme sits in second with 2,550 points, which gives her a narrow lead over U.S. Open runner-up Nour El Sherbini, while Oracle NetSuite Open winner Sarah-Jane Perry and World No.7 Laura Massaro sit in fourth and fifth, respectively.
U.S. Open semi-finalist Tesni Evans, eight-time World Champion Nicol David and World No.3 Nour El Tayeb take the final three spots inside the top eight.
The next PSA World Tour Platinum event will be the Everbright Sun Hung Kai Hong Kong Squash Open. The tournament will feature equal prize money for the first time and will take place between November 19-25.