Cardiff Wales, March 30 2001 PSA.
POWER DEPOSES ENGLAND’S NICOL
TO BECOME WORLD No1
Power Profile] [Jonathon
Ten days after defecting from Scotland to England, world champion Peter Nicol
has been deposed as world No1 by Canada’s Jonathon Power in the new April
Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (30 March) by the Professional
Squash Association (PSA).
The 26-year-old from Toronto who lost
to Nicol in their only meeting so far this year – in February’s final of the
Tournament of Champions
in New York – has edged ahead of his arch rival as a result of a better points
average over the past twelve months in eight events, two of which (the British
and US Opens) Nicol was forced to withdraw from following an ankle injury.
Furthermore, three major PSA Tour events in March 2000 (the Flanders Open,
Irish Open and PSA Masters) dropped off the April rankings calculations –
and Nicol won all three previous year.
Power, who first became world No1 in May
1999, ends a 14-month unbroken run by Nicol at the top of the PSA list. Whilst
Wales’ British Open champion David Evans retains his No3 position, Australia’s
David Palmer jumps to a career-best No4. Outside the top
40 two years ago, the 24-year-old from Lithgow in New South Wales reached
the semi-finals of the British and Florida Opens last year, and the Flanders
Open last month.
Fellow Australian Paul Price maintains
his 6th position, while former Australian John White, now representing Scotland,
rises to a best-ever world No6. The Queensland-born 27-year-old, who now becomes
the Scottish No1 in Peter Nicol’s absence, claimed his first PSA Super Series
title in February when he won the Flanders Open in Belgium, where he also
beat his former compatriot Nicol in the semi-finals for the first time.
Mixed recent results have led to drops
by English internationals Simon Parke and Paul Johnson, to 7 and 11, respectively
– Johnson moving out of the world top ten for the first time since April 1998.
Meanwhile, England team-mate Mark Chaloner climbs up to No9, one place away
from his career-best position. The fall of Egypt’s Ahmed Barada continues
– the former world No3 slides to 10 in the April list.
Registering highest-ever rankings in
the top twenty are Australians Stewart Boswell and John Williams at 14 and
15, respectively, and Egypt’s Omar Elborolossy at 17.
1  Jonathon Power CAN
2  Peter Nicol ENG
3  David Evans WAL
4  David Palmer AUS
5  Paul Price AUS
6  John White SCO
7  Simon Parke ENG
8  Martin Heath SCO
9  Mark Chaloner ENG
10  Ahmed Barada EGY
11  Paul Johnson ENG
12  Alex Gough WAL
13  Ong Beng Hee MAS
14  Stewart Boswell AUS
15  John Williams AUS
16  Lee Beachill ENG
17  Omar Elborolossy EGY
18  Del Harris ENG
19  Graham Ryding CAN
20  Thierry Lincou FRA