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Amr Shabana Extends World #1 Run

London, June 1, 2007 by Howard
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© 2007, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2007



 

Nicol David
Amr Shabana: Fifteen Months at #1, World #1. © 2007
Debra Tessier

Shabana Makes Breakthrough By Becoming Fourth Longest-Standing World No1 

Egypt’s Amr Shabana celebrates his 15th month at the top of the Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, according to the new June list issued today (Friday) by the Professional Squash Association – and thus becomes the fourth longest-standing world number one of all-time. 

After sharing 14 months at the top of the prestigious list last month with Canadian Jonathon Power and Frenchman Thierry Lincou, the two-times world champion from Cairo has pushed the pair into fifth place – now taking fourth position exclusively behind former greats Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan from Pakistan, and England’s Peter Nicol. 

Amr Shabana won his first PSA Tour title in Mexico in 1999 and went on to amass 16 titles, including two World Open crowns (in 2003 and 2005).  He first topped the world rankings in April last year. 

There is further cause for Egyptian celebration in the new list as teen sensation Ramy Ashour moves up to a career-high No2 in the June rankings – just 42 points behind his illustrious compatriot. 

The 19-year-old from Cairo shocked the squash world in April when he won the two biggest titles of the year – clinching the $200,000 Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open trophy and then the $120,000 Qatar Classic in Doha within six days, to bring his title haul for the year to four! 

Australia’s World Open champion David Palmer slips to three, ahead of Frenchmen Gregory Gaultier, at 4, and Thierry Lincou, at 5, in an otherwise unchanged top ten. 

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

Nicol David
Ramy Ashour: Brings Egypt World #2. © 2007 Fritz Borchert.

 

 

Other Notable Players:
23 [22] L J Anjema CAN
28 [29] Joey Barrington ENG
53 [62] Yasser El Halaby EGY

Other Players from the Americas
in the top 100 (June 1 2007):

26 (25) Shahier Razik CAN
31 (30) Graham Ryding CAN
37 (36) Eric Galvez MEX
41 (42) Matthew Giuffre CAN
44 (41) Rafael Alarcon BRA
45 (44) Shawn DeLierre CAN
54 (57) Miguel Angel Rodriguez COL
56 (58) Julian Illingworth
USA
63 (69) Jorge Ferreira MEX
68 (67) Bernardo Samper COL
70 (72) David Phillips CAN
71 (68) Christoper Gordon USA
76 (76) Robin Clarke CAN
94 (89) Ian PowerCAN
96 (106) Jose Angel Becerril MEX

[complete
rankings for June ’07]




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