Three American Men Crack Top Fifty in Historic First; Four Reach Career Highs

The United States will have three men in the world’s top fifty ranks for the first time with the ascendance of Faraz Khan to world No. 50, and led by Shahjahan Khan cracking the world’s top twenty-five for the first time this week, October 24.

Shahjahan Khan recorded a first round win at the Platinum Egyptian Open last month, which he backed up with a quarterfinal appearance at the Oracle NetSuite Open in San Francisco,  earning him enough points to move up one position from No. 26 to No. 25.

The twenty-seven-year-old is now one position away from Julian Illingworth’s record of being the highest ranked American man on the PSA World Tour when he reached world No. 24 in 2012.

Khan will travel to Singapore next month to contest the PSA Gold Malaysian Open where he will join Team USA’s four top-twenty ranked women.

Amanda Sobhy maintains her place at world No. 4, while Olivia Fiechter drops to world No. 11 following a difficult second round draw against world No. 2 Hania El Hammamy at the U.S. Open.

Following her breakthrough U.S. Open quarterfinal appearance, Sabrina Sobhy returns to a career high of world No. 18. Olivia Blatchford Clyne also returns to the top twenty at world No. 20.

Faraz Khan, Timmy Brownell and Andrew Douglas all reached new career highs in the top seventy-five.

Faraz Khan reached the world’s top fifty for the first time at world No. 50 following his semifinal appearance at the Concourse Athletic Club Open and quarterfinal appearance at the Chicago Open in recent weeks.

Brownell moved up one position to world No. 62 on the back of his Louisville Open title last month, a surprise quarterfinal run at the Cleveland Skating Club Open and fulfilling his 9/16 seeding at the Chicago Open.

Douglas exceeded his seedings at both the Nash Cup and Cleveland Skating Club Open where he reached the quarterfinals, and fulfilled his fourth seeding to reach the Canberra Open semifinals last week. Those results sent the twenty-four-year-old up two places to world No. 68.