Diego Elías is on a mission to become the number one squash player in the world, and he’s now one step closer to achieving his dream. The Peruvian athlete made his debut at the prestigious Black Ball Squash Open 2023 – a ‘Gold’ category tournament of the PSA World Tour – by defeating Frenchman Gregoire Marche in four sets.
With the victory securing his place in the quarterfinals, Elías is now eyeing up the possibility of climbing to the top of the PSA ranking. The national squash player has been steadily building his form since injuring himself, and this tournament presents a crucial opportunity for him to earn ranking points.
If Elías can win the Black Ball Open, he’ll become the first South American to lead the World Tour. He’s currently in second place behind the Egyptian Mostafa Asal, who has 16,720 points to Elías’ 16,210. Ali Farag is in third position with 15,880 points.
Elías’ path to the number one spot just got a bit easier with Asal being knocked out of the tournament in the second round. However, the ‘Puma’ is taking nothing for granted and is focused on his upcoming match against the Egyptian Mazen Hesham.
If he’s able to continue his impressive form and win the Black Ball Open, Elías will cement his status as one of the world’s best squash players and make history as the first South American to top the PSA ranking. Fans of this incredible sport will be eagerly following his progress as he moves closer to achieving his dream.