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Joel Makin climbs to world No.7 as Patrick Rooney breaks into the top 20 for first time

Belgium’s Tinne Gilis climbs 11 places to No.13 in women’s world rankings
By ALAN THATCHER – Squash Mad Editor

Welsh ace Joel Makin has climbed to a career-high position of No.7 in the world after winning the recent Manchester Open. England’s Patrick Rooney, who lost to Makin in the Manchester semi-finals after a great run including wins over Greg Lobban, Marwan ElShorbagy and Raphael Kandra, has reached the top 20 for the first time.

Manchester-based Merseysider Rooney has risen six places in the May rankings, released today.

Rooney also reached the last 16 of the Allam British Open in April and will be the first Englishman since James Willstrop in August 2021 to feature inside the top 20.

New Zealand’s Paul Coll stays at No.1 for a third successive month, while Ali Farag (No.2), Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.3), Mostafa Asal (No.4) and Diego Elias complete the top five.

Tarek Momen stays at No.6, while Makin rises two spots to a career-high ranking of No.7 after claiming his biggest title at last month’s Manchester Open.

Egypt’s Mazen Hesham also secures a career-high ranking of No.8 after moving up two spots, with Marwan ElShorbagy and Fares Dessouky dropping two places to No.9 and No.10, respectively.

Karim Abdel Gawad rises to No.11 and Youssef Ibrahim falls to No.12. Gregoire Marche and Miguel Rodriguez stay at No.13 and No.14, respectively, while Nicolas Mueller becomes the first Swiss player to reach No.15 in the world after a quarter final finish at the British Open.

Youssef Soliman falls to No.16, with Saurav Ghosal remaining at No.17. Mohamed Abouelghar drops two spots to No.18, with the final place inside the top 20 going to Germany’s Raphael Kandra, who moves up three places to No.19.

Switzerland’s Tim Roesch is the biggest mover on the men’s tour this month after rising 230 places to No.560 in the world after reaching the semi final of the Sekisui National in April.

PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 – May 2022.

Tinne Gilis climbs 11 spots to hit No.13 in the world

Belgium’s Tinne Gilis has broken back into the top 20 of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time since August, 2021 after rising 11 spots to reach a career-high ranking of No.13.

Gilis reached the first PSA Platinum quarter final of her career at the British Open and also picked up titles at the Annecy Rose Open and the Cannon Kirk Irish Squash Open, beating her older sister, Nele, in the final of the former.

At the top of the rankings, Nouran Gohar leads the way for a second successive month, while Nour El Sherbini (No.2), Hania El Hammamy (No.3), Amanda Sobhy (No.4) and Joelle King complete the top five.

The only change in the top 10 sees USA’s Olivia Fiechter move up two places to replace France’s Camille Serme at No.10, with Sarah-Jane Perry (No.6), Salma Hany (No.7), Rowan Elaraby (No.8) and Georgina Kennedy (No.9) taking the final remaining spots.

Nele moves up a place to a career-high No.11 ranking, while Joshna Chinappa drops a spot to No.14. Wales’ Tesni Evans drops to No.15, while Nada Abbas stays at No.16 and Hollie Naughton remains at No.17.

Emily Whitlock moves up a place to No.18 and there are two new entrants inside the top 20, with Farida Mohamed rising seven places to No.19 and Sivasangari Subramaniam rising two spots to No.20, becoming the first Malaysian woman since eight-time World Champion Nicol David in June, 2019 to feature inside the top 20.

Canada’s Iman Shaheen is the biggest mover on the women’s tour and she rose 120 places after reaching the last 24 of the Oxford Properties Canadian Open – Presented by AirSprint Private Aviation last month.

PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 – May 2022.


Pictures and graphics courtesy of PSA World Tour 


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