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Willstrop Holds Onto World No1 Ranking

1 Oct 2012

Despite losing to his rival in the final of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix last month, James Willstrop maintains his lead over fellow Englishman Nick Matthew at the top of the new October Dunlop PSA Men's World Squash Rankings, published today by the Professional Squash Association.

The climax of the PSA International 70 event in Manchester marked the Yorkshire pair's 30th clash on the PSA World Tour - but Matthew extended his near-five-year unbeaten run over the 29-year-old from Leeds to retain the title.

Matthew is in second place in the new list, while Frenchman Gregory Gaultier holds onto third place and Egypt's Karim Darwish moves up to No4, ahead of his fellow countryman Ramy Ashour who slips to fifth place.

With Amr Shabana at No7, and Mohamed El Shorbagy and Omar Mosaad in 8th and 10th positions, respectively, Egyptians continue to occupy 50% of the world top ten!

And it is an Egyptian who celebrates the biggest leap in the top 20: Tarek Momen, the 24-year-old from Cairo who stunned the squash world by clinching two titles in September, rises six places to a career-high 13.

It was after winning the Colombian Open for the first time in Bogota that Momen, unseeded, claimed the biggest title of his career in Selangor where he defeated second-seeded compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy in the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open.

October 2012 top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] James Willstrop ENG 1,685
2 [2] Nick Matthew ENG 1,384
3 [3] Gregory Gaultier FRA 1,216
4 [5] Karim Darwish EGY 873
5 [4] Ramy Ashour EGY 782
6 [7] Peter Barker ENG 668
7 [6] Amr Shabana EGY 655
8 [8] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 629
9 [9] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 498
10 [10] Omar Mosaad EGY 451
11 [11] Daryl Selby ENG 424
12 [13] Alister Walker BOT 392
13 [19] Tarek Momen EGY 390
14 [12] Tom Richards ENG 375
15 [14] Hisham Mohd Ashour EGY 367
16 [17] Borja Golan ESP 330
17 [16] Cameron Pilley AUS 328
18 [18] Simon Rosner GER 323
19 [15] Adrian Grant ENG 315
20 [20] Nicolas Mueller SUI 295

For full list - see www.psaworldtour.com