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Gaultier & Lincou Give France
Unprecedented Top-4 Double.

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

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[top Americas players]

J Power
Gregory
Gaultier – Career High #4 in the World. (photo © 2006
Debra Tessier.)

Gaultier Joins Compatriot Lincou
In World Top Four

France’s Gregory
Gaultier
has moved up to a career-high world No4
in the new December Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash
Rankings
, issued today (Friday) by the Professional
Squash Association
.  With compatriot Thierry
Lincou
at three, two Frenchmen appear in the top
four world rankings for the first time.

Gaultier, 23, from Aix-en-Provence, has
been enjoying a sensational run on the PSA Tour since
August, reaching the finals of the English Open and World
Open
and, after winning the Hungarian Open in
October, going on to clinch the US Open crown
last month. 

In last week’s Warid Pakistan Open in
Islamabad, Gaultier made it through to his fifth final in
three months – where Lincou gained revenge for the
defeat by his French team-mate in Boston to win the eighth PSA
Super Series
event of the year.

Egypt’s Amr
Shabana
maintains his lead at
the top of the rankings, celebrating his ninth month in
a row as world No1.  But his teenaged compatriot Ramy
Ashour
is making further rapid progress in the
rankings, rising a further two places to a best-ever No7.

After reaching the Hong Kong Open final
in October, the 19-year-old from Cairo went on – against
the seedings – to make the semi-finals of both the US
Open
and Pakistan Open last month.

The squash hierarchy in England has also
undergone a change in the new list, in which Nick
Matthew
rises two places to a career-best-equalling
No5.  The 26-year-old from Sheffield, a quarter-finalist
in last month’s US Open, becomes the highest-ranked Englishman
for the first time.

Victory in November’s Coastal Contacts
Jericho Open
in Canada has helped England’s Peter
Barker
move up to a career-high No19.

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

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

27 (23) Shahier Razik CAN
36 (42) Rafael Alarcon BRA
40 (39) Eric Galvez MEX

44 (43) Matthew Giuffre CAN
46 (48) Shawn DeLierre CAN
57 (54) Miguel Angel Rodriguez COL
62 (68) Bernardo Samper COL
76 (99) Jorge Ferreira MEX

71 (73) Nick Kyme BER
72 (79) Christoper Gordon USA
83 (80) Sabir Butt CAN

87 (92) David Phillips CAN
94 (107) Robin Clark CAN
95 (89) Julian Illingworth USA

and the other top Americans:

120 (128) Ryan Donegan USA



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