WSA/PSA: World Rankings May 2013

Unchanged Top15 Ahead Of British Open

A quiet April on the WSA World Tour sees an unchanged Top15 ahead of the forthcoming World Series British Open event later this month.
Nicol David sits atop the women’s elite for the 80th consecutive month, leading Laura Massaro, Raneem El Weleily and Alison Waters to complete the Top4.
David is one of two Malaysian players to feature in the WSA Top20 along with Low Wee Wern who sits at No.7.  Massaro and Waters are also joined in the Top20 by former world No.2 compatriot Jenny Duncalf who is currently at No.8, and also Sarah-Jane Perry who rises two places to No.18 this month, the first sub-20 ranking of her career.
El Weleily remains the highest ranked Egyptian player, ahead of teenager Nour El Sherbini at No.5 and Omneya Abdel Kawy at No.14.  Just below Kawy, Australian pair Donna Urquhart and Rachael Grinham have switched places for the May rankings, with the former world No.1 and World Open champion Grinham slipping a place to No.17.
A disappointing quarter-final exit in the Irish Open for second seed Samantha Teran has seen the Mexican player slip to No.19, whilst Joey Chan of Hong Kong also slips a place to No.20.
Outside the Top20, Nicolette FernandesIrish Open final appearance has seen her rise three places to No.28 this month, just one place shy of her career best ranking.  Deon Saffrey’s Irish Open run also saw her leap three places as the Welsh qualifier reached the semi-finals of the event, beating third seed Aisling Blake in the opening round. Aisling has dropped 1 place to No. 24. The Welshwoman Saffrey now sits at No.48, her career best ranking.
The second WSA World Tour World Series event of the year, the Allam British Open, will take place in Hull, England from 19th May.

1 Nicol David MAS 1   25150.00 10 2958.824 Track
2 Laura Massaro ENG 2   15940.00 8 1992.500 Track
3 Raneem El Weleily EGY 3   15175.00 9 1896.875 Track
4 Alison Waters ENG 4   12875.00 12 1355.263 Track
5 Nour El Sherbini EGY 5   8862.50 8 1107.813 Track
6 Joelle King NZL 6   9800.00 11 1088.889 Track
7 Low Wee Wern MAS 7   10362.50 13 1036.250 Track
8 Jenny Duncalf ENG 8   7785.00 10 915.882 Track
9 Camille Serme FRA 9   7347.50 11 816.389 Track
10 Natalie Grinham NED 10   6902.50 10 812.059 Track
11 Madeline Perry IRL 11   8841.00 15 803.727 Track
12 Kasey Brown AUS 12   6954.00 13 695.400 Track
13 Annie Au HKG 13   6047.50 12 636.579 Track
14 Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 14   5248.50 10 617.471 Track
15 Dipika Pallikal IND 15   5044.25 12 530.974 Track
16 Donna Urquhart AUS 17 1 4755.00 13 475.500 Track
17 Rachael Grinham AUS 16 1 4967.00 14 473.048 Track
18 Sarah-Jane Perry ENG 20 2 3740.00 12 393.684 Track
19 Samantha Teran MEX 18 1 3562.50 12 375.000 Track
20 Joey Chan HKG 19 1 3392.25 12 357.079 Track

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New PSA Rankings Show Increased Global Spread

1 May 2013

Whilst Egypt’s Ramy Ashour continues to lead the May Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings by a considerable margin, it is the presence of 11 countries in the top 20 – representing four continents – which provides the most noteworthy aspect of the new list published today by the Professional Squash Association.

Swiss star Nicolas Mueller, his country’s highest-ranked player of all-time, moves up into the top 20 to add Switzerland to Egypt, England, France, Spain, Germany, Botswana, Australia, Netherlands, South Africa and India with players whose success on the PSA World Tour have earned them places in the elite top 20 group.

Further representation from Malaysia, Colombia, Finland, Hong Kong, Kuwait, New Zealand and Canada see players from 18 countries – and all five continents – in the top 40.

“To have a top twenty in any sport with this breadth of countries being represented is fantastic,” said PSA CEO Alex Gough.

“It shows another sign that squash is being played on a truly global front and we are very proud of this fact.  We will continue to keep growing the sport to all corners of the globe.”

Ashour, the reigning world champion from Cairo, holds his lead over England’s world number two Nick Matthew, while Frenchman Gregory Gaultier leapfrogs England’s James Willstrop to reclaim third place.

Mohamed El Shorbagy also rises above fellow Egyptian Karim Darwish to take over fifth place, while England’s Peter Barker does the same to Egyptian Amr Shabana to regain the No7 position.

Outside the top 20, several players mark career-high rankings – including France’s Gregoire Marche at 29 after his surprise quarter-final appearance in last month’s Grasshopper Cup in Switzerland; Kuwaiti Abdullah Al Muzayen at 33 following his 14th Tour title success at the Burgan Bank Challenger 10 on home soil; and New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson at 37 after winning the Houston Open in the USA.

May 2013 top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,671
2 [2] Nick Matthew ENG 1,099
3 [4] Gregory Gaultier FRA 1,001
4 [3] James Willstrop ENG 982
5 [6] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 701
6 [5] Karim Darwish EGY 671
7 [8] Peter Barker ENG 584
8 [7] Amr Shabana EGY 578
9 [9] Borja Golan ESP 445
10 [11] Omar Mosaad EGY 433
11 [10] Tarek Momen EGY 416
12 [12] Simon Rosner GER 328
13 [14] Daryl Selby ENG 317
14 [13] Alister Walker BOT 299
15 [17] Cameron Pilley AUS 298
16 [15] Tom Richards ENG 292
17 [16] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 286
18 [18] Stephen Coppinger RSA 270
19 [19] Saurav Ghosal IND 259
20 [21] Nicolas Mueller SUI 249

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