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Shabana Completes Year As World Number One

December 5, 2007 by Howard Harding
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Amr Shabana has completed a full calendar year as world number one, according to the December Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, produced by the Professional Squash Association.

Title victories in the Qatar Classic and Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open in November have not only extended the Egyptian’s unbroken run at the top of the rankings to 21 months – but have also helped Shabana to widen the points gap ahead of fellow Egyptian Ramy Ashour (currently nursing a foot injury) who remains at No2.

While France’s Gregory Gaultier and Australia’s David Palmer remain at four and five, respectively, England’s Nick Matthew overtakes compatriot James Willstrop to reach a career-high-equalling No5.

Egypt’s Wael El Hindi celebrates a career-best world No9 ranking in the new list – while Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee moves back to No16 to end the year at the same level that he started the year.

Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema makes his long-awaited top 20 debut in the new list, at 20.  The 25-year-old from The Hague upset seeds in both the Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open to reach the last 16 of both Super Series events.

NB: The December ranking list does not take into account results in the recent Endurance World Open in Bermuda, the final of which took place on 1st December.



     1      [1]        Amr Shabana               EGY
     2     [2]        Ramy Ashour               EGY
     3     [3]        Gregory Gaultier          FRA
     4     [4]        David Palmer                AUS
     5     [6]        Nick Matthew              ENG
     6     [5]        James Willstrop          ENG
     7     [7]        Thierry Lincou             FRA
     8     [8]        Karim Darwish             EGY
     9     [11]       Wael El Hindi              EGY
     10    [10]      John White                 SCO
     11    [9]        Anthony Ricketts         AUS
     12    [12]      Lee Beachill                 ENG
     13    [13]      Peter Barker                ENG
     14    [14]      Mohammed Abbas       EGY
     15    [15]      Stewart Boswell           AUS
     16    [18]      Ong Beng Hee              MAS
     17    [16]      Olli Tuominen              FIN
     18    [17]      Mohd Azlan Iskandar  MAS
     19    [19]      Adrian Grant               ENG
     20   [21]      Laurens Jan Anjema    NED



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

 

 

J Power
Gregory
Gaultier – world #3. (photo © 2006 Debra
Tessier.)



 




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