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Jonathon
Power Bounces Back to #1

March 1 , 2006 by Howard Harding ©
2006
photo © 2006 Debra Tessier


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[top Americas players]

J Power
Jonathon
Power is enjoying his 14th month as world
#1 . (photo © 2005 Debra Tessier.)

Canada’s Jonathon Power returns
to number one in the new March Dunlop PSA Men’s World
Squash Rankings
, published today (Thursday)
by the Professional Squash Association – bringing
about the fourth change at the top of the rankings in as many
months for the first time since the rankings were introduced
three decades ago.

 Power,
who first became world No1 in May 1999, reclaimed the top spot
in January, ending the year-long ‘reign’ of Frenchman Thierry Lincou.  However,
it was David Palmer who headed the list in February,
but the Australian was unable to stop the 31-year-old from Montreal
regaining the position this month.

Boosted by final appearances in both the Canadian
Classic
and Windy City Open in January,
Power is now celebrating his 14th month as world number one – equalling
the total achieved to date by Thierry Lincou.

While
Palmer slips to two, and Egypt’s World
Open
champion Amr Shabana holds onto
third position, Lincou rises to No4 after winning last week’s ISS
Canary Wharf Classic
in London,
the 15th PSA Tour title of the 29-year-old’s
career.

James Willstrop rises
to No5, retaining his status as the top-ranked Englishman in
the list, ahead of Australian Anthony Ricketts at
six, and England’s Peter Nicol at seven.

A
punishing schedule in the first two months of the year has
ended a three-month exile out of the top twenty for England’s Adrian
Grant,
who jumps five places to No16.  The 25-year-old
London-born left-hander celebrated his 15th PSA final appearance
in January’s Virginia Pro Championship in the USA.

Lower in the world list, Canada’s Shahier
Razik
celebrates a career-high No23 ranking after
winning the Manitoba Open last month, and
Egypt’s Ramy Ashour becomes the only teenager
in the world’s top 30 after rising to a career-best 27 following
a final berth – as qualifier – in the Dayton
Open
in January.

    1      [2]        Jonathon
Power           CAN
     2     [1]        David
Palmer                AUS
     3     [3]        Amr
Shabana               EGY
     4     [5]        Thierry
Lincou             FRA
     5     [6]        James
Willstrop           ENG
     6     [4]        Anthony
Ricketts          AUS
     7     [7]        Peter
Nicol                  ENG
     8     [8]        Lee
Beachill                 ENG
     9     [10]      John
White                  SCO
     10    [9]        Nick
Matthew              ENG
     11    [11]       Gregory
Gaultier          FRA
     12    [12]      Karim
Darwish              EGY
     13    [14]      Mohd
Azlan Iskandar   MAS
     14    [13]      Olli
Tuominen               FIN
     15    [15]      Ong
Beng Hee              MAS
     16    [21]      Adrian
Grant                ENG
     17    [16]      Stewart
Boswell           AUS
     18    [17]      Shahid
Zaman              PAK
     19    [18]      Graham
Ryding             CAN
     20   [19]      Alex
Gough                  WAL

.

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

24 (25) Shahier Razik CAN
40 (42) Matthew Giuffre CAN
50 (49) Eric Galvez MEX
62 (67) Rafael Alarcon BRA
64 (66) Shawn DeLierre CAN

71 (74) Nick Kyme BER

89 (97) Christoper Gordon USA
93 (94) Sabir Butt CAN
96 (95) David Phillips CAN

97 (92) Ian Power CAN

and the other top Americans:

104 (96) Julian Illingworth USA
115 (108) Beau River USA
119 (102) Kumail Mehmood USA
122 (131) Dylan Patterson USA
132 (180) Robert McFadzean USA
179 (200) Ryan Donegan USA

other notables:

22 (19) Wael El Hindi EGY
27 (23) Laurens Jan Anjema NL
28 (28) Cameron Pilley (AUS)
29 (27) Joey Barrington ENG
31 (29) Joe Kneipp AUS



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