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>Jan 1 2001 World Rankings

[last update was 28-dec-00
]


Peter Nicol Retains #1 Spot by a hair.
Ong Beng Hee first Malaysian in top 20

  

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World Squash News © 2000

Squashtalk
(photos: Peter Nicol – Debra Tessier
for Squashtalk; Ong Beng Hee AFP)

NICOL RETAINS
WORLD No1 POSITION INTO NEW YEAR

Scotland’s world squash champion Peter Nicol claims his 28th month as
world No1 in the new January Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced
today (28 December) by the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Nicol, 27, from Aberdeen, maintains
his lead over Canada’s world No2 Jonathon
Power despite losing to his arch rival in the final of the YMG Capital
Classic in Power’s hometown of Toronto at the beginning of this month,
losing in the first round of the PNC Investments Open in Florida, and
withdrawing from the British Opens and US Opens. Power won the US Open,
PNC Open, and YMG Classic but still remains at #2.

England’s Simon Parke stays at No3,
while Egypt’s Ahmed Barada returns to No4, pushing David Evans, the British
Open champion from Wales, back to 5th place. England’s Nick Taylor, 29,
from Manchester, moves up to 14 to record his career-best world ranking.

Former world junior champion Ong
Beng Hee, who moves seven places to 15
to become Malaysia’s first world top twenty squash player, is the list’s
highest jumper. Barely in the top fifty (at 45) just a year ago, the 20-year-old
from Kuala Lumpur reached the quarter-finals of October’s British Open
as a qualifier, and three weeks ago became the first home winner of the
prestigious Malaysian Open.

Three players register their highest-ever
rankings in the top thirty: Australia’s John Williams, 28, from Victoria,
moves three places to 21 after reaching the finals of both the Malaysian
Open and Finnish Open this month; England’s Peter Genever, 27, from Chichester
in Sussex, rises to 25 after clinching the Finnish Open title; and South
Africa’s Rodney Durbach makes his top thirty debut at 29 three years after
recording his previous career-best ranking of 32!

WORLD TOP
20 [last months ranking in brackets]

1 [1] Peter Nicol SCO
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [3] Simon Parke ENG
4 [5] Ahmed Barada EGY
5 [4] David Evans WAL
6 [6] Martin Heath SCO
7 [7] Paul Johnson ENG
8 [8] David Palmer AUS
9 [9] Alex Gough WAL
10 [10] Paul Price AUS
11 [11] Mark Chaloner ENG
12 [12] Del Harris ENG
13 [13] Joseph Kneipp AUS
14 [15] Nick Taylor ENG
15 [22] Ong Beng Hee MAS
16 [14] John White SCO
17 [20] Graham Ryding CAN
18 [18] Stewart Boswell AUS
19 [16] Thierry Lincou FRA
20 [19] Omar Elborolossy EGY

 

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