Tenth Month At No1 For Ramy Ashour

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour moves into his tenth successive month as world number one, according to the new October Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings published today by the Professional Squash Association.
Ashour, who celebrated his 26th birthday yesterday in San Francisco where he is competing in the PSA International 70 NetSuite Open, is enjoying the best run of his career – unbeaten now in 44 matches in a row and boasting title triumphs in the last eight Tour events in which he has competed.
Gregory Gaultier has strengthened his grip on second place in the new list after retaining the PSA International 70 Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas last month in Mexico. The success marked up the Frenchman’s 24th title on the Tour since winning his first exactly 12 years before.
Englishmen James Willstrop and Nick Matthew hold onto third and fourth places, respectively, with Egypt’s Karim Darwish at No5.
Despite title successes in both the Colombian Open in August and last month’s Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur, England’s Peter Barker remains in seventh place – behind sixth-placed Mohamed Elshorbagy, the 22-year-old Egyptian who finished as runner-up to Gaultier in Mexico.
After four months just outside the top ten, Egypt’s Omar Mosaad moves back to No10 to join four fellow countrymen with single-figure rankings.
India’s Saurav Ghosal has reason to celebrate after rising to a career-high world No17 ranking. Since becoming the highest-ranked Indian of all-time some three years ago, the 27-year-old from Kolkata has made steady progress on the Tour, winning five titles from eight final appearances.
A notable achievement just outside the top 20 is made by Chris Simpson, the Guernsey-born 26-year-old who celebrates a best-ever No21 ranking. Simpson reached the Malaysian Open semi-finals unseeded and is now the fifth highest-ranked Englishman for the first time.
October 2013 top 20 (inc. points average):
1
[1]
Ramy Ashour
EGY
1,638
2
[2]
Gregory Gaultier
FRA
1,168
3
[3]
James Willstrop
ENG
902
4
[4]
Nick Matthew
ENG
854
5
[5]
Karim Darwish
EGY
705
6
[6]
Mohamed Elshorbagy
EGY
697
7
[7]
Peter Barker
ENG
605
8
[8]
Amr Shabana
EGY
514
9
[9]
Borja Golan
ESP
491
10
[11]
Omar Mosaad
EGY
400
11
[10]
Tarek Momen
EGY
389
12
[12]
Simon Rosner
GER
331
13
[14]
Cameron Pilley
AUS
329
14
[13]
Daryl Selby
ENG
318
15
[15]
Alister Walker
BOT
294
16
[16]
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
COL
274
17
[19]
Saurav Ghosal
IND
263
18
[18]
Laurens Jan Anjema
NED
262
19
[17]
Stephen Coppinger
RSA
261
20
[20]
Karim Abdel Gawad
EGY
251
For full list – see www.psaworldtour.com

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