Nouran Gohar has climbed to the top of the PSA world rankings ©PSA

Egypt’s Nouran Gohar will rise to the top of the world rankings in April after reaching the semi-finals of the CIB Black Ball Squash Open in Cairo.

Gohar had won three successive Professional Squash (PSA) World Tour platinum events at the Egyptian Open, US Open and Windy City Open to close in on the number one ranking.

A semi-final spot at the Black Ball Squash Club confirmed she would return to the summit for the first time since October 2020.

The feat was achieved in impressive fashion, as Gohar earned an 11-9, 11-8, 13-11 victory over England’s Sarah-Jane Perry in the quarter-finals of the platinum level event.

"It’s very special," Gohar told the PSA.

"I don’t really have time to celebrate.

"I’m over the moon, in my past interviews, if I’m honest, I was saying that I wasn’t thinking about the ranking, but I wanted it badly.

"I was working hard every day, but I don’t want it mentioned before matches because it’s freaking me out.

"I wasn’t aware, I only found out before the match."

Gohar will face New Zealand’s Joelle King in the semi-finals, after she earned a 11-7, 11-6, 11-4 win over United States’ Amanda Sobhy in her last eight match today.

Defending champion Nour El Sherbini, who Gohar will succeed as the world number one, also reached the semi-final stage of the competition.

The reigning world champion faced England’s rising star Georgia Kennedy in a repeat of semi-final stage of the Black Ball Squash Open gold event in December.

El Sherbini delivered an identical result by overcoming Kennedy in straight games, triumphing 11-3, 11-6, 11-7.

She will face Rowan Elaraby in an all-Egyptian semi-final match tomorrow.

Elaraby ended the run of Nour El Tayeb, who was competing in her first platinum quarter-final in 17 months.

El Tayeb made her return to the tour in December after retuning from the birth of her daughter in July.

Elaraby ended her fellow Egyptian’s run in the quarter-final stage, earning a 15-13, 11-7, 11-9 victory.