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John
White Makes the Move to World #2; Power Slips to #5

Oct 1 2003 by Ron Beck © 2003
match sequence © 2003 Debra Tessier

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Riding the after-effects
of strong performances on the PSA Tour – featuring runners-up berths in
December’s World Open and February’s Swedish Open, and title victories
in the PSA Masters and English Open, combined with David Palmer’s tour
absense while recovering from illness, Scotlands John White finally achieved
world #2.

Australian John White
moved up to a very significant career-high No2 in the new October Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Rankings, published at the beginning of the month by the
Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Meanwhile the charismatic
Canadian Jonathon Power slipped to #5 after a string of uneven results
in events over the past several months. And of particular significance,
talented Joe Kneipp slipped to 13, forcing him into a position of potentially
needing to qualify in 16-draw events.

England’s Peter Nicol
extended his reign at No1 while Australia’s newly-crowned British 0pen
champion David Palmer slipped to 3.

White is based in Nottingham, in England, where he suffered
a shock British Open quarter-final defeat last week. But it was his earlier
success on the PSA Tour – featuring runners-up berths in December’s World
Open and February’s Swedish Open, and title victories in the PSA Masters
and English Open, which have produced this long-awaited rise.

Australian Anthony Ricketts also celebrates a career-best
position in the new list, moving up to 6. The 24-year-old from Brisbane
powerfully demonstrated his new status at the Albert Hall in Nottingham
by despatching White in an enthralling five-game British Open clash.

French squash is given a lift on the eve of the Men’s
World Team Championship by the two-place rise of Gregory Gaultier to a
best-ever world No11 ranking. The youngest player in the world top twenty,
Gaultier extended his PSA Tour title haul to seven last month after lifting
the CNS International trophy in Pakistan.

Days after hearing that he had been selected to make his
senior debut for England in this month’s World Championship in Austria,
Nick Matthew celebrated his world top twenty debut with a four-place leap
to 20. The 23-year-old from Sheffield achieved quarter-final berths against
the odds in both the Prince English Open and US Open over the past two
months.

1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [3] John White SCO
3 [2] David Palmer AUS
4 [5] Thierry Lincou FRA
5 [4] Jonathon Power CAN
6 [7] Anthony Ricketts AUS
7 [8] Ong Beng Hee MAS
8 [9] Karim Darwish EGY
9 [6] Stewart Boswell AUS
10 [10] Lee Beachill ENG
11 [13] Gregory Gaultier FRA
12 [12] Amr Shabana EGY
13 [11] Joseph Kneipp AUS
14 [14] Martin Heath SCO
15 [15] Mansoor Zaman PAK
16 [18] Simon Parke ENG
17 [19] Graham Ryding CAN
18 [17] Alex Gough WAL
19 [16] Mark Chaloner ENG
20 [24] Nick Matthew ENG


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

30 (32) Shahier Razik CAN
46 (44) Viktor Berg CAN
84 (102) Sabir Butt CAN
88 (84) Ian Power CAN
89 (104) Shawn DeLierre CAN
90 (81) Eric Galvez MEX
98 (90) Matthew Giuffre CAN

and the top American:
109 (107) Beau River USA

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