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No Changes in Worlds Top 20 –
Peter Nicol Solidifies his #1 Position

Cardiff Wales, March 1 2003 by Howard
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Victory in last
week’s Harrisdirect Tournament of Champions in New York has strengthened
Englishman Peter Nicol’s grip on the No1 position in the new March Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (03 March) by the Professional
Squash Association (PSA).

The 29-year-old former Scot survived four-game battles
in the final three
rounds of the first PSA Super Series event of the year to lift the prestigious
title for the second time at Grand Central Station. In moving into his
15th consecutive month as world No1, Nicol has extended the gap ahead
of arch rival Jonathon Power, the Canadian who failed to reach his sixth
successive final in New York when beaten 3-1 in the semi-finals by France’s
Thierry Lincou.

Australia’s David Palmer, who suffered his first loss
since winning the World
Open title in December when he went down to Nicol in the New York
semi-finals, holds onto the world No3 slot, while compatriot Stewart Boswell

rises to a career-high-equalling No4, pushing Scotland’s John White down
to
five, ahead of Frenchman Thierry Lincou, Tournament of Champions runner-up,
who stays at No6.

Former world
junior champion Karim Darwish rises to a career-high world No10 to become
the first Egyptian in the world top ten since Ahmed Barada in April 2001.
Darwish’s compatriot Amr Shabana also boasts a best-ever position in the
new list, up one place to 13.

Three players have attained their best-ever rankings in
this month’s top 40:
England’s Nick Matthew rises two places to 22; compatriot Adrian Grant
moves up one place to 31; and another Englishman James Willstrop, the
19-year-old world junior champion, takes three steps to a career-high
No38 after reaching the second round of the Tournament of Champions as
a qualifier.

1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [3] David Palmer AUS
4 [5] Stewart Boswell AUS
5 [4] John White SCO
6 [6] Thierry Lincou FRA
7 [7] Anthony Ricketts AUS
8 [8] Lee Beachill ENG
9 [9] Ong Beng Hee MAS
10 [11] Karim Darwish EGY
11 [10] Martin Heath SCO
12 [13] Mark Chaloner ENG
13 [14] Amr Shabana EGY
14 [16] Joseph Kneipp AUS
15 [15] Mansoor Zaman PAK
16 [17] Alex Gough WAL
17 [12] Chris Walker ENG
18 [18] Simon Parke ENG
19 [19] Nick Taylor ENG
20 [20] Omar Elborolossy EGY


Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (Feb 1 2003):

25 Graham Ryding CAN
35 Shahier Razik CAN
50 Viktor Berg CAN
86 Eric Galvez MEX
91 Matthew Giuffre CAN
92 Shawn DeLierre CAN
94 Ian Power CAN
107 Sabir Butt CAN
107 Preston Quick USA
116 Beau River USA

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