Gohar, Coll named PSA Players of the Year

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Egypt’s Nouran Gohar and New Zealand’s Paul Coll have been crowned the 2021-22 PSA Players of the Year, securing the honours after being chosen by a combination of votes from both the PSA Awards Committee and fans on the PSA World Tour website.

Gohar, a three-time recipient of the PSA Female Young Player of the Year, has picked up the main award for the first time in her career following a season which has seen her overthrow Nour El Sherbini to return World No.1, while the 24-year-old has also captured seven PSA titles, said a press release.

Of those seven titles, four have come at prestig-ious PSA World Tour Platinum level events, where she has won the CIB Egyptian Open, U.S. Open, Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family and the CIB Black Ball Open. Gohar also won the DAC Pro Squash Classic, the Cincinnati Gaynor Cup and the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions, while she reached three further finals.

El Sherbini came second in the voting after she beat Gohar to capture a sixth PSA World Champi-onship title in Cairo in May. The 26-year-old also claimed titles at the CIB Squash Open Black Ball and the Squash on Fire Open.

Meanwhile, the PSA Male Player of the Year award also has a first-time winner, with New Zea-land’s Paul Coll being recognised for a history-making season.

Coll won five PSA titles throughout the cam-paign, including the historic Allam British Open twice, which made him the first man from New Zealand to win one of the sport’s most distinguished titles.—APP

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