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Cardiff Wales, May 1 2002 by Howard
Harding © 2001

Power Wierdly Still at #3 Ranking

WORLD SQUASH NEWS Nicol Extends World
Ranking Lead – But Power Stays At No3

In the oddest yet permutation of the
world ranking algorithm, England’s world champion Peter Nicol has extended
his lead at the top of the new May Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, despite
losing to Jonathon Power in both New York’s Tournament of Champions and
Qatar’s Masters.

Canada’s Jonathon Power who has won
three of the five events held in 2002 remains at No3 behind Australia’s
world No2 David Palmer who has not won any. Furthermore, with the absence
of any top tier events until Hong Kong in August, the rankings will not
move significantly in the interim.

Nicol, 29, from London, celebrates
his fifth consecutive month as world No 1 after winning his second British
Open title early last month.

However, the former Scot lost for
the third successive time this year to arch rival Jonathon Power in last
week’s semi-finals of the PSA Masters in Qatar. The Canadian went on to
win the richest PSA Tour title this year – and claim his third trophy
in 2002.

Australia’s Stewart Boswell rises
to a career-high No4 in the new list. The 23-year-old from Canberra celebrated
his first appearance in a PSA Super Series final when he reached the PSA
Masters climax after scoring his first ever win over compatriot David
Palmer in the semi-finals.

England’s Chris Walker – enjoying
a new lease of life on the men’s international circuit despite being the
oldest player at 34 – consolidated his position as the highest-ranked
Englishman by moving up to 7 after reaching the quarter-finals of the
British Open. Compatriot Lee Beachill, the British national champion for
the second year, records a best-ever No9 ranking after quarter-finals
berths in both the British Open and PSA Masters. Amr Shabana becomes the
highest-ranked Egyptian for the first time after marking his top twenty
debut with a seven-place jump to 18. The 22-year-old from Cairo reached
the last eight of the PSA Masters unseeded.



1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [2] David Palmer AUS
3 [3] Jonathon Power CAN
4 [5] Stewart Boswell AUS
5 [4] Thierry Lincou FRA
6 [6] John White SCO
7 [8] Chris Walker ENG
8 [9] Mark Chaloner ENG
9 [10] Lee Beachill ENG
10 [7] Ong Beng Hee MAS
11 [11] Martin Heath SCO
12 [12] Anthony Ricketts AUS
13 [15] Alex Gough WAL
14 [13] David Evans WAL
15 [18] Paul Price AUS
16 [14] Del Harris ENG
17 [17] Olli Tuominen FIN
18 [25] Amr Shabana EGY
19 [16] Paul Johnson ENG
20 [19] Karim Darwish EGY

Other North American Players in
the top 110:

22 Graham Ryding CAN
42 Shahier Razik CAN
59 Viktor Berg CAN
82 Ian Power CAN
100 Dave McNeely USA
109 Tim Wyant USA

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