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By Howard Harding, PSA Press Officer
© 2001. Paul Price
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2001 Squashtalk.

SCOT NICOL EXTENDS WORLD No1 LEAD

Scotland’s Peter Nicol celebrates his 30th month as the world’s No1 squash
player in the new March Dunlop PSA Men’s World Rankings, announced today
(28 February) by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) – and has extended
his lead over Canada’s world No2 Jonathon Power, whom he beat in this
month’s final of the CSFBdirect Tournament of Champions in New York.

While Wales’ British Open champion
David Evans remains at No3 and England’s
Simon Parke holds onto the No4 position, Australia’s Paul Price has leapt
six places to a career-best world No5. The 24-year-old from Melbourne
has enjoyed a remarkable rise up the rankings since returning to the PSA
Tour last autumn after a back injury – reaching the final of the British
Open for the first time in October, then the semi-finals of the Tournament
of Champions in New York and the final of the Flanders Open in Antwerp
two weeks ago.

Scotland’s John White, winner of the
Flanders Open, his first Super Series title, has also jumped three places
to No9 – one place below his career-best position and one position ahead
of compatriot Martin Heath, making the Australian-born White the second
highest-ranked Scot for the first time.

Malaysia’s Ong Beng Hee continues
his steady rise in the world list – moving up one place to a best-ever
No13. England’s newly-crowned British National champion Lee Beachill has
also made a spectacular top twenty debut in the new list – leaping from
21 to a career-high world No15. The 23-year-old from Pontefract in Yorkshire
won the Pittsburgh Open in January, then – as a qualifier – fought through
to the Flanders Open quarter-finals where he extended the ultimate winner
John White before losing 17-15 in the fifth game. England’s Peter Genever,
from Chichester in Sussex, also records a career-high No23 in the new
list – as does South Africa’s Rodney Durbach, at No28.

1 [1] Peter Nicol SCO
2 [2] Jonathon Power CAN
3 [3] David Evans WAL
4 [4] Simon Parke ENG
5 [11] Paul Price AUS
6 [5] Ahmed Barada EGY
7 [8] David Palmer AUS
8 [7] Paul Johnson ENG
9 [12] John White SCO
10 [6] Martin Heath SCO
11 [10] Mark Chaloner ENG
12 [9] Alex Gough WAL
13 [14] Ong Beng Hee MAS
14 [13] Graham Ryding CAN
15 [21] Lee Beachill ENG
16 [16] Stewart Boswell AUS
17 [18] Thierry Lincou FRA
18 [15] Nick Taylor ENG
19 [19] John Williams AUS
20 [17] Del Harris ENG