A new feature for the PSA World Tour comes with a new collaboration with SquashLevels, which sees us bring to you a new Power Ratings system, to see which players are the most in-form.
SquashLevels uses a bespoke algorithm to assess each player’s current playing level based on their results and their opponents. It focuses on how well they are playing rather than how many rounds they have progressed through. The ratings are updated match-by-match and give great insight into how in-form the players are right now. With results from events across the PSA Tour as well as WSF-sanctioned events, Premier Squash League matches, National Federation sanctioned events, amateur leagues, local club matches and more, it covers all levels from the very top PSA players down to those playing their first competitive matches.
With these new insights we’re able to really see how well the top players are performing and identify the up and coming players from further down the rankings. This data is reflected in the ‘level’ which each player has, and it is that level which sees them ranked on the SquashLevels Power Ratings.
The women’s Power Ratings have changed somewhat following the Manchester Open and CIB PSA World Tour Finals, and it is now an all-Egyptian top four. However, the current World No.1 does not find herself at the top of the SquashLevels Power Ratings.
Former World No.1 and reigning four-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini currently holds the top spot on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, despite having not appeared at the first event after the suspension ended, the Manchester Open.
‘The Warrior Princess’ opted not to participate at the National Squash Centre in September, saving her comeback for the CIB PSA World Tour Finals where she was the top seed. Although she did not make it to the final of the season-ending event, El Sherbini’s level rose by nearly 8%, meaning she holds the No.1 position.
Nour El Tayeb has risen up into the top two following a win and a runner-up finish in the two tournaments played on the PSA World Tour’s return, though she could have been even higher had she held on to win the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo at the weekend.
The Egyptian took the Manchester Open title in convincing fashion on the sport’s return, dropping just two games en route to the PSA Silver level crown. The ‘Black Widow’ then reached the final of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, but lost out to Hania El Hammamy in the final, and in the process, she actually fell off the top spot as her SquashLevels Power Rating dropped by nearly 4%.
Hania El Hammamy has picked up exactly where she left off on the PSA World Tour. Having won the last event before the Tour’s suspension, the CIB Black Ball Women’s Squash Open, the pressure was on the young star to keep that form up when play restarted, and she did.
Her level started at just over 12,000 prior to the Manchester Open, where she reached the semi-finals. ‘The Gazelle’ went all the way at the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals, and took the title, beating Nour El Tayeb in the final. Thanks to the victory, her level has increased by 17% since the start of the season, and she now sits in 3rd spot.
Unfortunately for Nouran Gohar, her first tournament back after reaching the summit of the PSA World Rankings did not go to plan, as she fell at the group stages of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo.
She defeated Sarah-Jane Perry in her first group match, but defeats to Nour El Sherbini and Joelle King saw the new World No.1 drop out of the tournament. Her SquashLevels Power Rating has dropped by 5% because of it, and she now finds herself in 4th spot.
A Manchester Open finalist, French No.1 Camille Serme started the season well, but she was unable to get out of the group stages at the final event of last season, the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, which saw her level on the SquashLevels Power Ratings drop slightly.
She currently sits in the No.5 spot on this chart, despite being the World No.3 in the PSA World Rankings. A straight games loss to Amanda Sobhy on the final day of group play saw Serme fail to qualify for the semi-finals of the season-ending event, and her level has now subsequently dropped by 1% for the season to date.
The woman that knocked her out of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals with that victory, Amanda Sobhy, currently occupies the No.6 spot on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, after her appearances in both Manchester and Cairo.
The American defeated Emilia Soini and Tinne Gilis at the Manchester Open before losing to Nour El Tayeb in the quarter-finals. She then lost out to El Tayeb again during the group stages of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, but a last match win over Camille Serme saw her level rise by nearly 6%. Overall for the short season to date, Sobhy’s level has improved by 2%.
New Zealand’s Joelle King went to the Manchester Open with the hope of retaining the title she had won 16 months previous, and although she was unable to do so, the Kiwi put in some good performances, and has seen level rise by over 12% to start the new campaign.
The Kiwi downed Latvia’s Ineta Mackevica and England’s Lucy Turmel en route to the quarter-finals at the National Squash Centre, before she lost out to French No.1 Camille Serme. King went one better in Cairo at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, though, reaching the semi-finals despite being the No.8 seed.
England’s No.1 Sarah-Jane Perry is the last woman inside the top eight on the SquashLevels Power Ratings following the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, where she lost all three group matches and fell out at the first hurdle of the tournament.
She reached the semi-finals at the Manchester Open, which saw her level increase on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, but it then dropped again following her performances in Cairo. Perry remains inside the top eight, and is very close behind the New Zealander who sits above her in 7th spot.
The ‘Power Ratings’ can be accessed by fans on the SquashLevels website under the communities tab. You’ll also find comparison tools that allow you to compare players and derive expected results. Simply visit SquashLevels.com and create a free account to get started.