Noran Gohar reclaims World No.1 ranking following El Gouna International title success

June 05 2023

Egyptian squash player Nouran Gohar has reclaimed the coveted Professional Squash Association (PSA) World No.1 ranking after her recent triumph at the El Gouna International tournament staged at the El Gouna Conference and Culture Center at Egypt’s stunning Red Sea Resort.

Gohar returns to the top spot comes just a month after her previous reign, securing the World No.1 ranking by defeating Belgium's Nele Gilis in the final of the PSA El Gouna tournament, triumphing after three previous final defeats. This marks the third occasion that Gohar has attained the top ranking, and she will now have spent a total of 75 weeks at World No.1.

Expressing her elation after the El Gouna victory, Gohar said, "It feels amazing to become World No.1 after winning a tournament. The new weekly ranking system is fantastic, you win a tournament on Friday and by Monday, you're already World No.1. I'm happy to reclaim the top spot and avoid the World No.2 position next to my name."

Previous top-ranked player Nour El Sherbini has dropped to No.2 following a surprising defeat in the semi-finals to Gilis. Hania El Hammamy, Joelle King, and Amanda Sobhy complete the top five.

Gilis's impressive performance in her first PSA World Tour Platinum final has earned her the No.7 position, making her the joint highest ranked Belgian squash player of all time. She shares this achievement with Stefan Casteleyn, who reached No.7 in the men's rankings back in 1999. Gilis continues to hold the record as the highest ranked female Belgian player to date.