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Jonathon Power Attains #1, Shabana
to #2 !

Dec 30 , 2005 by Howard Harding ©
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[top Americas players]

The confirmation of Jonathon Power as
the new world number one in the January 2006 Dunlop PSA
Men’s World Squash Rankings
, published today (Thursday)
by the Professional Squash Association, marks
yet another historic achievement for the 31-year-old from Montreal.

Jonathon
Power regains world #1 after a 4 1/2 year absence. (photo © 2005
Fritz Borchert.)


 
Jonathon
Power interview From Dec 28th (click arrow to start the interview
audio)

By winning the Saudi International,
the second richest PSA Tour event of the year,
this month in Al-Khobar, Power clinched a sensational
return to the top of the world rankings four and a half years after
last being world No1 – marking the longest gap between successive
reigns since the rankings were established in the early eighties.

Power first became world No1 in May 1999, after
winning the World Open title for the first time
in Qatar in December 1998.  His and rival Peter Nicol swapped
the title until April 2001 when the Canadian began his penultimate
four-month reign which lasted until July 2001.

 Power
has enjoyed a sparkling 2005 which included winning five PSA
titles from five final appearances – the Apawamis
Open
in New York in January; the PSA Masters in
Bermuda in April; the Super Series Finals in London
in May; the Motor City Open in Detroit in October;
and the Saudi International.

“This was my goal this year, to give it a big
push and go back to the top,” said Power after the sensational
Saudi triumph which clinched his return to the top of the PSA rankings.

Amr
Shabana (r) passes Palmer to reach world #2 .
(photo © 2005
Fritz Borchert.)

Also
notable in the new list is the career-best world No2 ranking
achieved by Egypt’s Amr
Shabana. 
The
26-year-old from Cairo enjoyed a significant ‘comeback’ year
in 2005 by returning to the form which saw him become the first
Egyptian to win the World Open title in 2003.

The left-hander reached six PSA Tour finals in
2005 – and began a stunning four-month run in September by winning
the Heliopolis Open in his hometown of Cairo,
then picked up the St Louis Open and Hungarian
Open
crowns over the following few weeks before claiming
the ultimate prize of the World Open trophy in
Hong Kong at the beginning of this month for the second time in
his career.

Australians Anthony Ricketts and David
Palmer
hold onto third and fourth place in the new rankings,
ahead of France’s Thierry Lincou who,
after spending the whole of 2005 as world No1, begins 2006 at
No5.

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

Among
the Americans, Julian Illingworth continues to
be the best ranked player at 96th.

Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (Jan 1 2006):

25 (29) Shahier Razik CAN
42 (40) Matthew Giuffre CAN
49 (51) Eric Galvez MEX
66 (65) Shawn DeLierre CAN
67 (68) Rafael Alarcon BRA
74 (74) Nick Kyme BER
92 (92) Ian Power CAN
94 (94) Sabir Butt CAN
95 (95) David Phillips CAN
96 (96) Julian Illingworth USA
97 (97) Christoper Gordon USA


and the other top Americans:

102 (103) Kumail Mehmood USA
108 (109) Beau River USA
131 (131) Dylan Patterson USA
132 (133) Michael Puertas USA
188 (188) Preston Quick USA

other notables:

22 (21) Peter Barker ENG
23 (28) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
27 (35) Joey Barrington ENG
29 (24) Joe Kneipp AUS

35 (34) Dan Jenson
AUS



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