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October 1, 2007 by Howard Harding
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Shabana Holds Off Ashour In New World Rankings

Amr
Shabana, world #1
(photo: ©2007
Debra Tessier)

Amr
Shabana
extends his reign at the top of the Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings
into a 19th successive
month, according to the new October list published by the
Professional Squash Association – but the
28-year-old from Cairo is only marginally ahead of fellow
Egyptian Ramy Ashour.

Despite winning two PSA Super Series events this year, Shabana is under threat from his young compatriot who already has five 2007 Tour titles to his name.  While Shabana exited at the semi-final stage of last month’s Dunlop British Open, 20-year-old Ashour gave the world-renowned tournament a miss – preferring to focus on this week’s US Open in New York.

Gregory Gaultier, who became the first Frenchman to win the British Open in the 77-year history of the event, moves to third place in the new list – with Australia’s David Palmer slipping to four.

Victory in September’s Prince English Grand Prix, coupled with a quarter-final berth in the British Open, have lifted James Willstrop to fifth place – the Englishman’s highest position this year.

Egypt’s Karim Darwish also registers a return to the world’s top ten after earning his 12th PSA Tour title at the CNS International in Pakistan last month.

Peter Barker consolidates his status as the fourth highest-ranked Englishman by moving to a career-high world No14 place.  After retaining his Colombian Open title in August, the 24-year-old from Essex secured his first quarter-final berth in the British Open after upsetting Egypt’s Wael El Hindi.

Spaniard Borja Golan also marks a best-ever ranking in the new list – moving up to 19 after winning the Circuito Mundial De Squash in Colombia in September, his 15th Tour title triumph.



     1      [1]        Amr Shabana               EGY
     2     [2]        Ramy Ashour               EGY
     3     [4]        Gregory Gaultier          FRA
     4     [3]        David Palmer                AUS
     5     [7]        James Willstrop          ENG
     6     [6]        Anthony Ricketts         AUS
     7     [5]        Thierry Lincou             FRA
     8     [9]        John White                 SCO
     9     [11]       Karim Darwish             EGY
     10    [8]        Nick Matthew              ENG
     11    [13]      Lee Beachill                 ENG
     12    [10]      Wael El Hindi              EGY
     13    [12]      Stewart Boswell           AUS
     14    [15]      Peter Barker                ENG
     15    [14]      Mohammed Abbas       EGY
     16    [16]      Mohd Azlan Iskandar  MAS
     17    [18]      Olli Tuominen              FIN
     18    [19]      Ong Beng Hee              MAS
     19    [20]      Borja Golan                  ESP
     20   [17]      Adrian Grant               ENG

For full list – see www.psa-squash.com/

 

 

J Power
Gregory
Gaultier – still world #4. (photo © 2006 Debra
Tessier.)



 




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