Ramy Romps Into Fifth Month As World Number One

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour moves into his fifth month at the top of the Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, according to the May list published today (Friday) by the Professional Squash Association.

The 22-year-old from Cairo, the youngest player in the world top ten, leads an unchanged top six – ahead of England’s Nick Matthew at two; compatriots Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish at three and four, respectively; Englishman James Willstrop at No5; and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in sixth place.

Londoner Peter Barker is the highest upward mover, leapfrogging France’s Thierry Lincou to take over seventh place.

After becoming the first player in PSA history to win his maiden World Tour title at a 5-star event, Egyptian teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy celebrates a three-place rise to his highest ranking of 14. The 19-year-old from Alexandria – the youngest player in the top 50 – clinched the Indian Challenger No7 in Chennai last month.

Another Egyptian has cause for celebration in the new list: Omar Mosaad makes his debut in the top 20, at 20, after an exceptional 2010 campaign in which he has competed in three Tour events, and finished as runner-up in one (the Heliopolis Open last month in his home town Cairo) and claimed the trophies in the other two, the Racquet Club Invitational and KIG Open, both in the USA, in January.

May top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Ramy Ashour EGY 1155
2 [2] Nick Matthew ENG 1117
3 [3] Amr Shabana EGY 968
4 [4] Karim Darwish EGY 733
5 [5] James Willstrop ENG 696
6 [6] Gregory Gaultier FRA 668
7 [8] Peter Barker ENG 490
8 [7] Thierry Lincou FRA 489
9 [9] Daryl Selby ENG 412
10 [10] David Palmer AUS 404
11 [11] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 378
12 [12] Wael El Hindi EGY 342
13 [13] Adrian Grant ENG 336
14 [17] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 333
15 [14] Alister Walker ENG 331
16 [15] Cameron Pilley AUS 328
17 [18] Stewart Boswell AUS 310
18 [16] Mohd Azlan Iskandar MAS 297
19 [19] Ong Beng Hee MAS 266
20 [22] Omar Mosaad EGY 255