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World Champion El Sherbini Is New Women's World No.1

1 May 2016

After becoming the first Egyptian woman ever to win the prestigious PSA Women's World Championship yesterday, 20-year-old Nour El Sherbini is today confirmed as the new Women's World No.1, overtaking England's Laura Massaro, whom she beat to take the crown in Kuala Lumpur, to top the official PSA Women's World Rankings.

El Sherbini becomes the 15th player to top the women's world rankings since 1983 - and the second Egyptian.

Since securing her first ever PSA World Series title at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in January, the Alexandrian has been the dominant force on the Women's Tour - reaching the Windy City Open final and winning the Allam British Open prior to clinching the most prestigious title of all in a victory that sees her leapfrog Massaro, who held the No.1 position unopposed since January this year.

"I'm extremely happy to become World No.1," said El Sherbini, who has won 19 of her 20 matches in 2016.

"To win the World Championship and become world No.1 at the same time - that is huge for me. I didn't think it would happen this early in my career."

Despite becoming the youngest ever player to make the world top 5 in 2012 - aged 16 and by a margin of well over three years - El Sherbini is the second youngest world No1, four months older than New Zealand legend Susan Devoy was when she first topped the rankings in April 1984!

Nouran Gohar, the 18-year-old World Junior champion who lost out to fellow Egyptian El Sherbini in the 2016 British Open final, is the other mover inside the top ten, rising one position to a career-high world No.6.

Elsewhere inside the top twenty England's Sarah-Jane Perry and India's Joshna Chinappa are the only other upwards movers, both rising a single place to 12 and 13, respectively.