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Nick Matthew tops squash world rankings…all on his own

Matthew regains exclusive rights to world number one crown as Ramy leapfrogs Mo into third

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Triple world champion Nick Matthew has reclaimed sole ownership of the world number one spot in the March PSA World Rankings, following his victory at the Swedish Open last month.

Matthew, who has won four titles since November, was joined at the top of the summit by Frenchman Gregory Gaultier last month – the first time in PSA history that two men have held the number one ranking simultaneously.

Gaultier drops back to second in the rankings following his semi-final exit in Linköping, while Egyptian Ramy Ashour leapfrogs compatriot Mohamed Elshorbagy into third following his return from a hamstring injury.

Tournament of Champions winner Amr Shabana rise two places to seventh in the roster after reaching back-to-back semi-finals at the Motor City Open and Swedish Open, while Spanish number one Borja Golan maintains his career high number six ranking.

“Last year was a great year for me and probably the best year of my career but it is very tough to maintain this position in the rankings,” said Golan.

“There are so many guys behind me who are fighting so hard to move up the rankings and who play at really high levels so it is difficult. “My aim is just to keep playing at the level I am currently and try to challenge the players above me at every opportunity.

“I had good results in Qatar and Hong Kong last year, and I think I played one of my best ever games to beat Greg (Gaultier) in Qatar so I’m very motivated for 2014 and I think it will be a good year, added the 33-year-old.”

Elsewhere, Motor City Open runner-up Peter Barker falls two positions to ninth in the rankings, while Dutch champion Laurens Jan Anjema drops down to number 17 with Egyptian Karim Abdel Gawad rising one place to a career-high 16 in the new world rankings.

Further down the pecking order, Swiss number one Nicolas Mueller moves up three places to 25th, former world number 12 Tom Richards slips two places to 28th and Christopher Gordon (48) overtakes Julian Illingworth (49) as the new American number one.

PSA World Rankings (March 2014)

1 [1]Nick MatthewEngland1339.50010
2 [1]Gregory GaultierFrance1239.00011
3 [4]Ramy AshourEgypt1066.5009
4 [3]Mohamed ElshorbagyEgypt1009.50012
5 [5]James WillstropEngland845.50010
6 [6]Borja GolanSpain659.50013
7 [9]Amr ShabanaEgypt610.50010
8 [8]Karim DarwishEgypt607.50012
9 [7]Peter BarkerEngland591.50013
10 [10]Daryl SelbyEngland485.00013
11 [11]Simon RosnerGermany438.50013
12 [12]Tarek MomenEgypt411.50013
13 [13]Omar MosaadEgypt377.27314
14 [14]Miguel Angel RodriguezColombia363.50013
15 [15]Cameron PilleyAustralia341.00013
16 [17]Karim Abdel GawadEgypt318.50012
17 [16]Laurens Jan AnjemaNetherlands317.27314
18 [18]Saurav GhosalIndia297.00012
19 [19]Alister WalkerBotswana290.45514
20 [20]Adrian GrantEngland253.18214
21 [21]Mathieu CastagnetFrance248.00013
22 [22]Chris SimpsonEngland241.81814
23 [23]Stephen CoppingerSouth Africa232.00013
24 [25]Marwan ElshorbagyEgypt231.50012
25 [28]Nicolas MuellerSwitzerland225.00015
26 [24]Olli TuominenFinland221.81814
27 [27]Ong Beng HeeMalaysia218.00013
28 [26]Tom RichardsEngland207.27314
29 [29]Adrian WallerEngland202.00012
30 [30]Omar Abdel MeguidEgypt198.50013
31 [34]Joe LeeEngland190.50013
32 [31]Gregoire MarcheFrance186.81814
33 [32]Max LeeHong Kong179.50012
34 [33]Mohd Nafiizwan AdnanMalaysia177.72715
35 [36]Mazen Hesham Ga SabryEgypt169.50013
36 [37]Ryan CuskellyAustralia168.00013
37 [35]Henrik MustonenFinland164.00013
38 [38]Alan ClyneScotland160.90914
39 [39]Abdullah Al MuzayenKuwait159.00012
40 [40]Leo AuHong Kong152.00013
41 [42]Cesar SalazarMexico144.50013
42 [43]Mohd Ali Anwar RedaEgypt144.00013
43 [41]Campbell GraysonNew Zealand139.09114
44 [45]Nasir IqbalPakistan129.00013
45 [49]Omar Abdel AzizEgypt128.18214
46 [46]Karim Ali FathiEgypt128.00013
47 [44]Jonathan KempEngland124.50010
48 [48]Christopher GordonUSA121.36414
49 [47]Julian IllingworthUSA116.66716
50 [50]Martin KnightNew Zealand115.83316

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