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Cardiff Wales, Dec 1 2001 by Howard Harding
© 2001

Australian Palmer Retains World No1 Ranking

Australia’s David Palmer retains
the top position in the new December Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced
today (30th November) by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) – maintaining
his fourth successive month as the world’s No.1 player.

Palmer heads a world-top-ten list that
displays a much different elite pecking order than that of even a few months
ago.

Among the new, young faces in the
top ten are the phenomal trio of youth: Stewart Boswell,
the Australian YMG Finalist, holding at world #6; Lee Beachill,
the scintillating English prodigy, now moving up to 12, and Ong
Beng Hee
, the Malaysian often mentioned as a future world-champion
candidate, now at world #7.

Palmer, the Antwerp-based
25-year-old British Open and Hong Kong Open champion, holds off the challenge
of two familiar rivals — England’s world champion Peter Nicol
– despite bowing out at the
quarter-final
stage of last week’s YMG Capital Classic in Canada, while his adversary went
on to claim the Toronto title. Canada’s Jonathon Power, a semi-final
casualty in Toronto, holds onto the No. 3 position, ahead of Scotland’s John
White
at 4, Frenchman Thierry Lincou at 5, and Australia’s
unseeded YMG Capital Classic runner-up Stewart Boswell at 6.

Simon Parke –
out of the top 20 for first time in 10 years

Malaysia’s
Ong Beng Hee, a quarter-finalist in Toronto, rises to a career-high No7 in
the new list. Also boasting career-best rankings in December are Egyptian
Kareem Darwish at 17, and Finland’s Olli Tuominen
at 18. Meanwhile England’s former world No3 Simon Parke, who
underwent an operation to remove a spur on his left ankle in September, drops
to 23 in the December list – his first time out of the world top 20 since
March 1991.

 

1 [1] David Palmer AUS
2 [2] Peter Nicol ENG
3 [3] Jonathon Power CAN
4 [4] John White SCO
5 [5] Thierry Lincou FRA
6 [6] Stewart Boswell AUS
7 [9] Ong Beng Hee MAS
8 [8] Mark Chaloner ENG
9 [11] Paul Price AUS
10 [10] David Evans WAL
11 [13] Chris Walker ENG
12 [16] Lee Beachill ENG
13 [14] Alex Gough WAL
14 [7] Martin Heath SCO
15 [15] Paul Johnson ENG
16 [17] Del Harris ENG
17 [18] Kareem Darwish EGY
18 [19] Olli Tuominen FIN
19 [21] Anthony Ricketts AUS
20 [22] Graham Ryding CAN

American Players:

96 David McNeely
117 Beau River
121 Segun Maku
127 Jason Jewell
134 Damian Walker
151 Mark Lewis

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