On 25th June 2020, Raneem El Welily, the 31 year old Egyptian Squash player and world’s top ranking(No.1) Women Squash Player announced her retirement ending her 18 year sports career. Nouran Gohar of Egypt claims the No.1 ranking after the retirement of Welily.
Raneem El Welily became the top ranking squash player in 2015 and became the 1st Arab woman to secure the world’s top ranking in any sport.
Raneem El Welily:
i.She won her first Professional Squash Association(PSA) world championship in 2017.
ii.Raneem retained the top position for the past 19 months prior to her retirement.
iii.She was a member of Egypt’s WSF Women’s World Team Squash Championship winning side in 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2018.
iv.Guinness World Records, awarded Tarek Momen(Husband of Raneem) and Raneem El Welily for being the first married couple to become the squash world champions.
*Tarek Momen won the PSA Men’s World Championship 2019-20.
Joshna Chinappa enters World’s Top 10 ranking:
i.Joshna Chinappa, 33 year old Indian Squash player ranked 10th in the latest PSA World Women’s Ranking 2020.She entered the top 10 of the PSA world ranking following the retirement of Raneem.
ii.She first entered the top 10 list in 2016 second to Dipika Pallikal, the other Indian woman squash player to enter the top 10 ranking.
Saurav Ghosal, India’s top male squash player, remains in the 13th position in the latest Professional Squash Association (PSA) ranking.
Top 3 PSA Men & Women World Rankings 2020(As on July):
|Rank||Men’s Player||Women’s Player|
|1||Mohamed Elshorbagy (Egypt)||Nouran Gohar (Egypt)|
|2||Ali Farag (Egypt)||Nour El Sherbini (Egypt)|
|3||Karim Abdel Gawad (Egypt)||Camille Serme (France)|
President– Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
Prime Minister– Mostafa Madbouly
Currency– Egyptian Pound