Cardiff Wales, May 1 2001 PSA.
POWER STRENGHTENS HOLD ON WORLD
Power Profile] [Jonathon
POWER STRETCHES WORLD No1 LEAD AS ONG BENG HEE MAKES TOP TEN DEBUT
Canada’s Jonathon Power has stretched his lead at the top of the new May Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today (1st May) by the Professional Squash
Association (PSA), following his comprehensive victory in last month’s Al-Ahram
PSA Masters in Egypt.
World champion Peter Nicol, who dropped
to No2 last month ten days after defecting from Scotland to England, then
failed to reach his seeded position in the PSA Masters final, has held onto
his second position. Meanwhile Australia’s David Palmer, who defeated Nicol
in the semi-finals in Egypt en-route to his first Super Series event final,
rises to a career-high world No3 – becoming the first Australian in the world
top three since former world champion Rodney Eyles in November 1998.
Former world junior champion Ong Beng
Hee celebrates his semi-final success in Hurghada by becoming the first Malaysian
to make the world top ten, leaping four places to make his top ten debut at
No9. The 21-year-old from Penang made his senior
breakthrough when he reached last year’s British Open quarter-finals as a
qualifier. Later in the year he became the first local player to win the Malaysian
Open, then last month progressed two rounds beyond his seeding in the PSA
Masters before bravely bowing out to the eventual champion Jonathon Power
in a 52-minute semi-final. Cairo-based Omar Elborolossy was the local Hurghada
hero – dismissing David Evans and Paul Price, ranked four and five respectively
in the world, to become the only unseeded player to reach the last eight.
His reward is a career-best No15 ranking in the new list. Victories over seven
weeks in the Maadi Open, Shellcast Classic and last week’s Pak-Telecom International
in Pakistan have propelled fellow Egyptian Kareem Darwish, the world junior
champion, to a career-high world No21 – moving the 19-year-old up to 3rd place
in Egypt’s squash hierarchy.
No Americans appear in the top 50.
1  Jonathon Power CAN
2  Peter Nicol ENG
3  David Palmer AUS
4  David Evans WAL
5  Paul Price AUS
6  Simon Parke ENG
7  John White SCO
8  Martin Heath SCO
9  Ong Beng Hee MAS
10  Paul Johnson ENG
11  Mark Chaloner ENG
12  Ahmed Barada EGY
13  Alex Gough WAL
14  Stewart Boswell AUS
15  Omar Elborolossy EGY
16  Del Harris ENG
17  Graham Ryding CAN
18  Lee Beachill ENG
19  Thierry Lincou FRA
20  John Williams AUS 17.