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Gaultier Rises To Three In March World Rankings

1 Mar 2013

While Egypt's Ramy Ashour and Englishman Nick Matthew strengthen their grip on the top two places, France's Gregory Gaultier moves up to third position in the new March Dunlop PSA Men's World Squash Rankings published today by the Professional Squash Association.

With three PSA World Tour titles since October, the 30-year-old from Aix-en-Provence is enjoying one the most spectacular phases of his 14-year professional career. Already this year, Gaultier has followed a runners-up berth in the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York with title success in last month's Case Swedish Open in Linkoping where he upset world No2 Matthew in the final.

His latest achievement saw him notch up his 50th appearance in a PSA Tour final - a magnificent milestone only equalled by Matthew on today's Tour.

On his new ranking achievement, Gaultier was characteristically cool: "I'm pleased, of course - but my main goal is to win as many tournaments as possible and my main target is, and will always be, the world championship.

"I'm happy with the way I am playing at the moment and I try to stay in that dynamic. I know I have a few more years to play and I think I am getting to maturity now in terms of experience, fitness capacities and technically - even though I can always improve.

"I know that I still have things to improve, including mental strength which was my main problem and that I think I'm getting much much better now. Let's see how it goes in the next few tournaments!"

England's James Willstrop slips to fourth place, whilst 22-year-old Mohamed El Shorbagy moves up to a career-equalling-high No5, ahead of fellow Egyptians Karim Darwish and Amr Shabana.

March 2013 top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,451
2 [2] Nick Matthew ENG 1,095
3 [4] Gregory Gaultier FRA 928
4 [3] James Willstrop ENG 854
5 [6] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 637
6 [5] Karim Darwish EGY 608
7 [7] Amr Shabana EGY 515
8 [8] Peter Barker ENG 504
9 [9] Omar Mosaad EGY 496
10 [10] Borja Golan ESP 435
11 [11] Tarek Momen EGY 396
12 [12] Tom Richards ENG 360
13 [15] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 333
14 [14] Alister Walker BOT 323
15 [13] Daryl Selby ENG 314
16 [16] Simon Rosner GER 291
17 [17] Adrian Grant ENG 290
18 [19] Cameron Pilley AUS 275
19 [18] Saurav Ghosal IND 275
20 [20] Stephen Coppinger RSA 265

For full list - see www.psaworldtour.com