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Welshman David Evans Soars to Career-High
World No 3
David Evans photo © 2001 Debra Tessier

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Cardiff Wales, Jan 31 2001 PSA. – Wales’
first ever British Open champion David Evans rises to a career-high world
No3 in the new February Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (31
January) by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Scotland’s world champion Peter Nicol
maintains his grip on the No1
position, ahead of Canada’s Jonathon Power at No2. David Evans, 26, from Pontypool,
made squash history last October when, seeded 10, he swept through the British
Open field at the NIA in Birmingham to become the first Welshman and only
the third Briton to lift the sport’s most prestigious trophy.

Last week in Connecticut, USA, the six-times
Welsh national champion consolidated his new-found world status by winning
the Greenwich Open – registering only the fourth PSA Tour title success of
his career. England’s Simon Parke slips to No4 in the new list, while Egypt’s
Ahmed Barada falls to No5.

Mark Chaloner, the Hertfordshire-based
England international from Lincolnshire, moves up to No10 to make his first
appearance in the world top ten since October 1998. Malaysian squash star
Ong Beng Hee, the former world junior champion from Penang, moves up a single
place to a new career-best world No14, whilst Australia’s John Williams, 28,
from Victoria, makes his top twenty debut at 19. Two PSA Tour title winners
this month have secured career-high world rankings in the new list: England’s
Lee Beachill, 23, from Barnsley in Yorkshire, rises seven places to 21 following
his Pittsburgh Open trophy success, whilst Finland’s 21-year-old Helsinki-based
Olli Tuominen, runner-up in Pittsburgh but winner of the Marsh-McLennan Apawamis
Open in New York after qualifying in both events, leaps 12 positions to No25.

1 [1] Peter Nicol SCO
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [5] David Evans WAL
4 [3] Simon Parke ENG
5 [4] Ahmed Barada EGY
6 [6] Martin Heath SCO
7 [7] Paul Johnson ENG
8 [8] David Palmer AUS
9 [9] Alex Gough WAL
10 [11] Mark Chaloner ENG
11 [10] Paul Price AUS
12 [16] John White SCO
13 [17] Graham Ryding CAN
14 [15] Ong Beng Hee MAS
15 [14] Nick Taylor ENG
16 [18] Stewart Boswell AUS
17 [12] Del Harris ENG
18 [19] Thierry Lincou FRA
19 [21] John Williams AUS
20 [20] Omar Elborolossy EGY