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Lee
Beachill – Soars to World Number Two

June 1, 2004 by Howard Harding ©
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White
drops to #5

[top Americas players]

Lee Beachill (l) moves to #2 while
Peter Nicol retains #1
, photo © 2004 Debra
Tessier

While England’s
Peter Nicol retains his No1 position in the new June Dunlop PSA Men’s
World Squash Rankings, announced today (03 June) by the Professional Squash
Association (PSA), his compatriot Lee Beachill leaps two places to a career-high
second place to give England the top two players in the world for the
first time.

France’s Thierry Lincou (winner of last month’s non-ranking
Brit Insurance Super Series Finals title last month) holds onto the third
position in the new list while Australia’s David Palmer reclaims fourth
place – pushing Scotland’s John White, who was world No1 two months ago,
down to fifth place.

Beachill, 26, from Pontefract in Yorkshire, has enjoyed
a highly-successful run on the PSA Tour since recovering from ankle surgery
a year ago. He claimed his first Super Series title in December, beating
his Commonwealth Games Doubles gold medal-winning partner Peter Nicol
en-route to lifting the Qatar Classic title in Doha, then swept to victory
in the Bermuda Open in March. Since competing in the Super Series Finals,
Beachill has undergone surgery for an injured shoulder.

Egypt’s world champion Amr Shabana moves up to six in
the new list, displacing compatriot Karim Darwish to become the highest-ranked
Egyptian. Fellow countryman Omar Elborolossy rises to 14 to equal his
career-best position after winning the German Open title last week, whilst
compatriot Mohammed Abbas celebrates a best-ever 15th position.

England’s Adrian Grant also claims a career-high ranking
in the June list. The 23-year-old Londoner, who was runner-up in the German
Open, moves up to 16. Renan Lavigne consolidates his position as the third-placed
Frenchman in the new list by moving two places to a career-best 18th position
– eight places below Gregory Gaultier who returns to the top ten at ten.


1 [1] Peter Nicol ENG
2 [4] Lee Beachill ENG
3 [3] Thierry Lincou FRA
4 [5] David Palmer AUS
5 [2] John White SCO
6 [7] Amr Shabana EGY
7 [8] Jonathon Power CAN
8 [6] Karim Darwish EGY
9 [9] Nick Matthew ENG
10 [11] Gregory Gaultier FRA
11 [10] Anthony Ricketts AUS
12 [12] Joseph Kneipp AUS
13 [13] James Willstrop ENG
14 [15] Omar Elborolossy EGY
15 [17] Mohammed Abbas EGY
16 [18] Adrian Grant ENG
17 [16] Graham Ryding CAN
18 [20] Renan Lavigne FRA
19 [19] Mansoor Zaman PAK
20 [14] Ong Beng Hee MAS


Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (June 1 2004):

32 (32) Shahier Razik CAN
58 (50) Viktor Berg CAN
64 (63) Matthew Giuffre CAN
70 (68) Rafael Alarcon BRA
76 (77) Eric Galvez MEX
78 (76) Shawn DeLierre CAN
83 (80) Nick Kyme BER
84 (83) Ian Power CAN
91 (88) David Phillips CAN

and the top Americans:
122 (117) Jamie Crombie USA
126 (118) Beau River USA

[complete
rankings for June]

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