The new PSA rankings released on 1 May sees a major reshuffling at the top of the pile after 20-year-old Nour El Sherbini’s staggering feat on Saturday. The newly-crowned Egyptian women’s world champion has replaced England’s Laura Massaro from the pinnacle to become the second-youngest World No. 1.
On the Indian front, the country’s top-ranked women’s player, Joshna Chinappa has jumped one spot to be placed at 13th in the latest rankings, matching her career-best position. The 29-year-old reached the second round of the recently-concluded world meet before losing to the eventual runner-up Massaro.
Meanwhile, her compatriot Dipika Pallikal stays put at 19th this month. 21-year-old Sachika Ingale has dropped one place to be 82nd.
Saurav maintains 18th rank, El Shorbagy breaks own record
The men’s rankings too are significant as it witnesses the imperious World No.1 Mohamed El Shorbagy breaking his own record for the highest ever points average. Last month, he captured the El Gouna International at home in a stunning season that has seen him lifting as many as six consecutive PSA World Series titles out of a possible seven.
Among the Indians, the injured Saurav Ghosal, who has just announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Asian Team Championships, maintains his 18th rank.
The Sekisui Open winner Mahesh Mangaonkar is 58th while former national champion Harinderpal Sandhu is placed at 67th.
The USA-based Vikram Malhotra remains unchanged at 92nd but 19-year-old Kush Kumar has climbed one spot to be 94th.