El Tayeb & Sobhy Climb Up PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard

Nour El Tayeb and Amanda Sobhy have both risen up the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard after their successful runs at the South Western Open last week.

World No.6 El Tayeb has jumped from the tenth-ranked player all the way up to fourth after claiming the title in Houston, while beaten finalist Sobhy has moved from fourth position up to second – now only sitting behind World No.1 Nour El Sherbini.

Elsewhere, unseeded semi-finalist from Houston, Nada Abbas, has climbed up from 13th to 8th in the standings, Egyptian compatriot Salma Hany has moved from 8th spot to 6th, and Wales’ Emily Whitlock has risen into the top 15 after reaching the quarter-finals at the South Western Open.

El Sherbini still leads the way in the women’s rankings, with Hania El Hammamy and Nouran Gohar joining the two finalists from Houston in the top five.

The PSA World Tour Finals are scheduled to take place in June 2024, with the event including both a men’s and women’s tournament, featuring eight players in each.

All Platinum title winners from the 2023-24 season – which are currently El Sherbini, El Hammamy and men’s World No.1 Ali Farag – automatically qualify for the tournament alongside the reigning PSA World Champions.

Any remaining places are allocated to the highest-ranked players on the PSA World Tour Finals Leaderboard, with points available at all PSA World Tour events throughout the 2023-24 season.

El Tayeb, 30, came from a game down to defeat home favourite Sobhy in Houston and clinched her first title of the season. The World No.8 bounced back from her disappointing second-round exit at the Qatar Classic in devastating style, blitzing her way past South African No.1 Alexandra Fuller in 18 minutes and French No.1 Melissa Alves in 25 minutes before defeating Hany in the semi-finals and them claiming the title decider.

El Tayeb doesn’t automatically qualify for the PSA World Tour Finals despite the victory because the South Western Open was a Gold-level event and not a Platinum tournament.

In the men’s leaderboard, there hasn’t been any movement this week due to the absence of any PSA World Tour events, with World No.1 Ali Farag still leading the way ahead of Peru’s Diego Elias and Egypt’s Tarek Momen.

Welshman Joel Makin, Egypt’s Mazen Hesham and England’s Mohamed ElShorbagy are tied for fourth spot, while Paul Coll and Scotland’s Greg Lobban make up the final top eight spots.

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By Nadeem Faisal Baiga