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Egyptian named top women's squash player in first for country that also holds men's top rank

The Professional Squash Association has ranked Egyptian Raneem El Welily as the world's No.1 female player, making her the first Egyptian woman to hold the sport's top spot.

The sport's organizing international body also says Tuesday that Egyptian Mohamed Elshorbagy maintains the men's No.1 ranking. The organization says three other Egyptian men and women are also ranked in the top 10.

The PSA says 26-year-old El Welily of Alexandria has been in the world's No.2 ranking for eight months. El Welily replaces Malaysian Nicol Ann David, pushing her to second place after 9 years at the top.

The organization says El Welily "has been in sublime form so far in 2015, claiming a hat-trick of major wins."