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Jonathon Power and Amr Shabana
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Oct 3, 2005 by Howard Harding ©
2005
photo © 2005 Debra Tessier


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[top Americas players]

Power moves up to 2 while Nicol drops
to sixth (photo © 2005
Debra Tessier.)

Canada’s Jonathon
Power,
the hottest player on tour over the past five months,
has continued his resurgent world ranking position, reclaims second
place in the list for the first time since March 2003.
 

The 31-year-old from Montreal his enjoyed one of
his best years on the PSA Tour in 2005 – winning
the Apawamis Open in the USA in January, the PSA
Masters
in Bermuda in April, and the Super Series
Finals
in London for the second time in May.

After
reaching the semi-finals of the St
Louis Open
in the USA last month, Power will be back in
action in the Dunlop British Open later this month
in Manchester, where the 1999 champion is the fourth seed in his
ninth appearance in the event. Power is showing a new level of fitness
and appears as sharp as ever with his attacking game.

Title
wins by Amr Shabana in the Heliopolis
Open
and St Louis Open in September take
the Egyptian up to a career-equalling-high fifth place – ahead
of England’s Peter
Nicol
who drops to six.
(Shabana’s win this week in Hungary
will only contribute to his ranking position in the November 1st ranking.)

Meanwhile,
Australia’s Stewart Boswell continues his rapid recovery in the rankings,
moving up another 10 positions this month to 29th overall.

Australia’s David
Palmer
stays at three in the October list, while England’s Lee
Beachill
slips to four. 

Malaysia’s Mohd
Azlan Iskandar
records a career-best world No13 ranking
in the new list after following his Steel Industries PNG
International
title in Papua
New Guinea in August with success in
last month’s Kolkata International in India.

Finland’s Olli
Tuominen
also celebrates a best-ever ranking in the October
list – rising two places to 15.  The 26-year-old from
Helsinki has consistently achieved or exceeded his seeding in PSA
Tour events for the past year – and reached the quarter-finals
of the Mamut English Open in August after upsetting David
Palmer
in the opening round, and was a semi-finalist in
last month’s Heliopolis Open.

England’s Peter
Barker
, a surprise quarter-finalist in both the English
and Heliopolis Opens, moves up to career-best world No21.

Among
the Americans, Christopher Gordon moves up to 79 while Julian
Illingworth
leapfrogs to 118th from 150 after his strong performance at the
Berkshire Open this month.

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

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

34 (36) Shahier Razik CAN
41 (50) Matthew Giuffre CAN
48 (51) Eric Galvez MEX
68 (67) Rafael Alarcon BRA
73 (71) Shawn DeLierre CAN
76 (78) Nick Kyme BER
84 (83) David Phillips CAN
91 (86) Ian Power CAN
79 (84) Christoper Gordon USA
93 (90) Kumail Mehmood USA

and the other top Americans:

103 (130) Michael Puertas USA
117 (112) Beau River USA
118 (150) Julian Illingworth USA
226 (182) Preston Quick USA

other notables:

21 (23) Peter Barker ENG
24 (21) Dan Jenson
AUS
23 (22) Mansoor Zaman PAK
26 (33) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
29 (39) Stewart Boswell AUS



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