Ramy Ashour Extends World Ranking Lead

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour has extended his lead at the top of the October Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, published today by the Professional Squash Association, following his title success in September’s ROWE British Grand Prix in Manchester.

Ashour, who celebrates his 23rd birthday today, claimed his second 2010 PSA Super Series crown when he beat home hero James Willstrop in a four-game final.

His unexpected final berth as fifth seed sees Englishman Willstrop leap two places to No4 in the new list – behind compatriotNick Matthew at two, and Egyptian Amr Shabana at No3.

And Frenchman Thierry Lincou, a quarter-finalist in Manchester, also moves up – to No7 – after overtaking EnglishmanPeter Barker.

But perhaps the most notable riser in the top 20 is David Palmer, the distinguished Australian who notched up ten complete years in the world top ten in August. But within a few weeks of slipping to 12 in the September list, the 34-year-old from New South Wales reached the British GP semi-finals – and fully tested Ashour before the Egyptian ultimately prevailed.

“I haven’t been able to play a match like that for the last four or five months,” admitted Palmer, who is now back in the top 10 at No9.

While Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema returns to his career-high No11 in the October rankings, Malaysian Ong Beng Heecelebrates his highest ranking for more than a year by jumping two places to 17.

And after a gap of five months without any Pakistan player in the top 20, Aamir Atlas Khan celebrates his return to the elite list. The 20-year-old from Peshawar has already claimed two PSA Tour titles this year, and made it to the last 16 of theBritish Grand Prix in Manchester.

October top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,452
2 [2] Nick Matthew ENG 1,366
3 [3] Amr Shabana EGY 857
4 [6] James Willstrop ENG 766
5 [4] Karim Darwish EGY 761
6 [5] Gregory Gaultier FRA 734
7 [8] Thierry Lincou FRA 571
8 [7] Peter Barker ENG 570
9 [12] David Palmer AUS 431
10 [9] Daryl Selby ENG 403
11 [13] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 379
12 [10] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 378
13 [14] Mohd Azlan Iskandar MAS 366
14 [15] Adrian Grant ENG 345
15 [11] Wael El Hindi EGY 330
16 [16] Cameron Pilley AUS 315
17 [19] Ong Beng Hee MAS 285
18 [17] Alister Walker ENG 275
19 [18] Stewart Boswell AUS 270
20 [23] Aamir Atlas Khan PAK 253