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Aug 1, 2005 by Ron Beck © 2005
photo © 2005 Debra Tessier


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[top Americas players]

Thierry Lincou holding the No 1 position
(photo © 2005 Debra Tessier.)

France’s Thierry Lincou has
widened the gap ahead of England’s second-placed Lee Beachill at
the top of the new August Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, produced
by the Professional Squash Association.

Lincou, the 29-year-old world
champion from Marseille, claimed his first PSA Tour title of the year
last week with a powerful performance in the Bank Alfalah Pakistan Open
in Karachi. The most successful French squash player of all time, Lincou
beat Australia’s David Palmer, the world No3, in the final to rack
up the 14th PSA title of his career.

While Canada’s Jonathon Power
and England’s Peter Nicol retain fourth and fifth place, respectively,
Australian Anthony Ricketts continues his ranking rise by moving up to
sixth place – boosted by a semi-final berth in the Pakistan Open.

Frenchman Gregory Gaultier,
an unexpected semi-finalist in Karachi, returns to the top ten at ten
– while lower down the list, England’s Simon Parke makes a
welcome return to the top twenty for the first time since the end of 2003.

But perhaps the most significant
development in the latest PSA list is the rise to a career-high No16 of
Malaysia’s Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who overtakes for the first time in his
career his compatriot and long-time Malaysian No1 Ong Beng Hee, who slips
to 18.

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 [7] Anthony Ricketts
AUS
7 [6] Amr Shabana EGY
8 [8] James Willstrop
ENG
9 [9] Nick Matthew ENG
10 [12] Gregory Gaultier
FRA
11 [10] John White SCO
12 [11] Karim Darwish
EGY
13 [13] Graham Ryding
CAN
14 [14] Shahid Zaman
PAK
15 [15] Joseph Kneipp
AUS
16 [17] Mohd Azlan Iskandar
MAS
17 [19] Olli Tuominen
FIN
18 [16] Ong Beng Hee
MAS
19 [18] Adrian Grant
ENG
20 [21] Simon Parke ENG

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

38 (39) Shahier Razik CAN
52 (48) Matthew Giuffre CAN
54 (54) Eric Galvez MEX
69 (69) Rafael Alarcon BRA
71 (91) Shawn DeLierre CAN
72 (66) Nick Kyme BER
80 (80) Ian Power CAN
81 (73) Viktor Berg CAN
82 (82) David Phillips CAN
85 (82) Christoper Gordon USA


and the other top Americans:

89 (103) Kumail Mehmood USA
105 (107) Beau River USA
120 (112) Julian Illingworth USA
122 (119) Michael Puertas USA

other notables:

21 (22) Dan Jenson AUS
26 (24) Mansoor Zaman PAK
32 (31) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
50 (62) Stewart Boswell AUS
61 (57) Ritwik Bhattacharya IND

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