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Mansoor to 27, Ritwik into top
60, Gordon to 80

June 1, 2005 by Ron Beck © 2005
photo © 2005 Stephen J Line


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Stewart Boswell jumped 54 ranking
positions this month! photo © 2005 Debra Tessier.

Lincou
Celebrates Sixth Month As World Number One

In
an inactive month for the top players, France’s Thierry Lincou celebrates
his sixth successive month as world number one in the new June Dunlop
PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, announced today (03 June) by the Professional
Squash Association.

There
was more movement in the mid range of the rankings pyramid, as several
mid range tournaments were played out around the world.

Stewart
Boswell, a former top-five player, jumped from 137 to 83 on the strength
of four satellite tourney victories, while American Chris Gordon vaulted
to #80. Mansoor Zaman edged closer to the top 20, as he reached #27 while
Ritwik Bhattacharya became the highest ranking Indian player ever at 59.

Bhattacharya is now aimiing higher, he told the press
in Delhi: ‘‘Once I decided I wanted to be the top ranked player
in India, it took me five years to reach that spot. My aim then was to
make it to the top 50. Now the goals have changed. Now I want to be the
number one in the world. And I am confident of making it in the next few
years,’’ he said on the eve of the Delhi Open Squash Championship.
‘‘If I don’t believe I can do it, there is no sense
in my continuing to play, is there,’’ Bhattacharya’s short
term target is the top 30 by year end.

Lincou,
29, heads an almost unchanged top twenty, ahead of England’s Lee Beachill
at two; Australian David Palmer at three; and Canada’s Jonathon Power
at number four. Power and Lincou contested last month’s final of the Brit
Insurance Super Series Finals in London, the non-ranking PSA Tour event
which was won by the Canadian.

Malaysia’s Mohd Azlan Iskandar is the only upward mover
in the top twenty, rising a single place to No18, aided by an unexpected
second round berth in April’s PSA Masters in Bermuda.

Outside the top twenty, England’s Bradley Ball celebrates
a career-high world No 24 ranking. The 28-year-old from Ipswich in Suffolk
reached the final of the Virginia Professional Championship in January
to record his 16th PSA Tour final appearance.

Frenchman Stephane Galifi also celebrates a career-best
ranking of 41, following his surprise victory in last month’s Grant Thornton
Atlanta Open in the USA.

But perhaps the most notable ranking rise has been made
by Australia’s former world No4 Stewart Boswell, who returned to the PSA
Tour two months ago after a two-year layoff caused by a mystery back ailment.
At 216 in April, the 26-year-old from Canberra began his comeback in New
Zealand – and last weekend won his fourth successive event (three as a
qualifier) when he lifted the WA Open trophy in Perth, Australia, to jump
133 places to 83 in the latest list.


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

[complete
rankings for June]

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Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (May 1 2005):

37 (39) Shahier Razik CAN
48 (51) Matthew Giuffre CAN
55 (56) Eric Galvez MEX
70 (84) Nick Kyme BER
69 (73) Viktor Berg CAN
75 (72) Rafael Alarcon BRA
76 (82) Ian Power CAN
78 (83) David Phillips CAN
80 (85) Christoper Gordon USA
88 (90) Shawn DeLierre CAN
99 (96) Kumail Mehmood USA

and the other top Americans:

100 (103) Beau River USA
106 (114) Julian Illingworth USA
116 (119) Michael Puertas USA

other notables:

21 (21) Simon Parke ENG
22 (22) Dan Jenson
AUS
27 (30) Mansoor Zaman PAK
30 (29) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
59 (62) Ritwik Bhattacharya IND



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