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Kareem
Darwish (13) and Nick Taylor (19) main movers in October World Rankings

Cardiff Wales, September 1 2002 by
Howard Harding © 2001
match sequence © 2001 Debra Tessier


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Despite the exciting and unexpected
denouement of the US Open in Boston last month, the October 2002 world
ranks saw virtually no movement at the top, with Egyptian Kareem
Darwish
, who advanced from #21 to #13 and Nick Taylor,
who edged into the top 20, the main movers this month.

London-based Nicol successfully
reclaimed the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open title on the 1st September,
beating Canada’s world No2 Jonathon Power in the final. Two weeks later,
however, Power crashed out at the quarter-final stage of the US Open in
Boston – and Nicol, the defending champion, lost in the semi-finals to
Australia’s eventual champion David Palmer, who strengthens his hold on
the No3 slot.

Fellow Australian Stewart
Boswel
l, runner-up in Boston and a beaten
semi-finalist in Hong Kong, reinforces his grip on the 4th position and

increases his lead on fifth-placed Scot John White, a
last sixteen casualty in both PSA Tour events.

Australia’s Anthony
Ricketts
, 23, from Brisbane, is the highest mover in the new
list – rising to a career-high world No9 after upsetting England’s Mark
Chaloner
(whom he succeeds in the new rankings) in Hong Kong,
then (unseeded) reaching the US Open quarter-finals.

The biggest riser in the October
list is world junior champion Kareem Darwish who leaps
from 21 to a career-best 13 to become Egypt’s highest-ranked player since
superstar Ahmed Barada. The 21-year-old from Cairo upset
Scotland’s world No11 Martin Heath to reach the second round of the Hong
Kong Open, then brushed aside all opposition in last week’s CNS International
in Pakistan to
claim his fifth PSA Tour title in only seven final appearances.

After an eighteen month absence,
England’s Nick Taylor makes a welcome return to the world
top twenty a week after celebrating his 31st birthday. Manchester-based
Taylor, who jumps to 19 from 27, qualified for both the US and Hong Kong
Opens and overpowered two higher-seeded players to win last month’s Motor
City Open in Detroit, USA.

1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [3] David Palmer AUS
4 [4] Stewart Boswell AUS
5 [5] John White SCO
6 [6] Thierry Lincou FRA
7 [7] Ong Beng Hee MAS
8 [8] Lee Beachill ENG
9 [10] Anthony Ricketts AUS
10 [9] Mark Chaloner ENG
11 [11] Martin Heath SCO
12 [12] Chris Walker ENG
13 [21] Kareem Darwish EGY
14 [13] Joseph Kneipp AUS
15 [16] David Evans WAL
16 [18] Paul Price AUS
17 [20] Olli Tuominen FIN
18 [19] Alex Gough WAL
19 [27] Nick Taylor ENG
20 [15] Amr Shabana EGY


Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (Oct 1 2002):

23 Graham Ryding CAN
41 Shahier Razik CAN
49 Viktor Berg CAN
83 Eric Galvez MEX
86 Ian Power CAN
93 Yasser El Halaby EGY/Princeton Univ
95 Dave McNeely USA
102 Matt Giuffre CAN
105 Preston Quick USA

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