Momen Makes It Six Egyptians In World Top 20

Tarek Momen leaps three places to make his top 20 debut in the Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, bringing to six the number of Egyptians in the August list published by the Professional Squash Association.

Momen, at 20 in the latest list, reached the finals against expectations in his last two PSA World Tour appearances. The 22-year-old from Cairo upset higher-ranked Cameron Pilley and Mohd Azlan Iskandar to reach the climax of theIndian Challenger No7 in May, then this month made it through to the biggest final of his career at the 5-star CIMB Malaysian Open, after overcoming Australia’s Stewart Boswell and top-seeded compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy.

It was Mohd Azlan Iskandar whowent on to win the Malaysian Open – his third title triumph in the event since 2004. The success sees the 28-year-old from Kuala Lumpur jump four places to 14 in the new rankings, while Mohamed El Shorbagy moves up a single place to No13.

England’s Nick Matthew extends his reign as world number one in the unchanged top ten, ahead of Egyptians Ramy AshourAmr Shabana and Karim Darwish, at two, three and four, respectively; Frenchman Gregory Gaultier at No5; and fellow countryman James Willstrop in sixth place.

August top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Nick Matthew ENG 1,283
2 [2] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,190
3 [3] Amr Shabana EGY 968
4 [4] Karim Darwish EGY 858
5 [5] Gregory Gaultier FRA 700
6 [6] James Willstrop ENG 681
7 [7] Thierry Lincou FRA 524
8 [8] Peter Barker ENG 519
9 [9] Daryl Selby ENG 412
10 [10] David Palmer AUS 395
11 [11] Wael El Hindi EGY 380
12 [12] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 369
13 [14] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 359
14 [18] Mohd Azlan Iskandar MAS 350
15 [13] Adrian Grant ENG 334
16 [15] Alister Walker ENG 330
17 [16] Cameron Pilley AUS 309
18 [17] Stewart Boswell AUS 279
19 [19] Ong Beng Hee MAS 267
20 [23] Tarek Momen EGY 260

Full PSA Rankings