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Peter Nicol holds
onto Razor-thin lead over Jonathon Power; Zaman in top 20

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


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England’s
world champion Peter Nicol maintained a razor-thin lead at the top of
the new December Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, despite suffering a
loss to Jonathon Power in Toronto in their only meeting in November. Power,
#2 has now beaten #1 Nicol in three of their last four meetings.

The
rankings for December were announced today (29 November) by
the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Nicol,
the London-based former Scot, first reached No1 in February 1998 – and
has now accumulated a total of 43 months at the top, including an unbroken
sequence since January this year. Winner of the Qatar Classic title in
Doha at the beginning of this month – his 20th PSA Super Series title
– Nicol lost to his great rival Jonathon Power in the final of the YMG
Capital Canadian Classic in Toronto two weeks later. The Canadian holds
onto the No. 2 position. Power (1149 points) and Nicol (1253 ranking points),
who are practically even in ranking points have extended significant distance
ahead of number # David Palmer (729 ranking points).

Australians
Anthony Ricketts and Joseph Kneipp both celebrate career-high rankings
in the new list: Ricketts, 23, from Brisbane, rises two places to No7
after reaching the last eight of the Qatar Classic – his third quarter-final
berth in a Super Series event this year. Kneipp, originally from Queensland
but now based in Amsterdam, has moved to 11 – two places higher than his
previous career best position established exactly two years ago – after
reaching the semi-finals of the Canadian Classic unseeded.

A
two-year period without any Pakistani representation in the world top
twenty is ended this month by the arrival of Mansoor Zaman at a career-best
world No18. The 22-year-old from Peshawar, son of noted former British
Open champion Qamar Zaman, has reached the semi-finals of three PSA Tour
events this year.

The
American program continues to perform abysmally, with its top two ranked
players at number 98 (David McNeely) and 99 (Preston Quick)

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 [9] Anthony Ricketts AUS
8 [7] Ong Beng Hee MAS
9 [8] Lee Beachill ENG
10 [10] Mark Chaloner ENG
11 [13] Joseph Kneipp AUS
12 [11] Martin Heath SCO
13 [12] Karim Darwish EGY
14 [14] Chris Walker ENG
15 [15] Amr Shabana EGY
16 [16] Alex Gough WAL
17 [17] Olli Tuominen FIN
18= [21] Mansoor Zaman PAK
18= [19] Paul Price AUS
20 [17] Nick Taylor ENG


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

22 Graham Ryding CAN
41 Shahier Razik CAN
51 Viktor Berg CAN
79 Sabir Butt CAN
91 Eric Galvez MEX
95 Shawn DeLierre CAN
97 Ian Power CAN
98 Dave McNeely USA
99 Preston Quick USA

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