Matthew Makes It Ten At World Number One
1 July 2011
England’s Nick Matthew celebrates his tenth month as world number one, according to the July Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings published today by the Professional Squash Association.
After becoming England’s first world No1 for six years in June last year, the 30-year-old from Sheffield reclaimed the top spot in January, since when he has held the title unopposed.
In an unchanged top 20, Egypt’s Ramy Ashour is at No2, while compatriot Karim Darwish is in third place and England’sJames Willstrop at No4.
Despite losing to rising Egyptian star Mohamed El Shorbagy in last month’s final of the Squash Pro Internationaux de la Reunion on Reunion Island, Frenchman Thierry Lincou has held off the rankings challenge of the youngest player in the world top 20.
Lincou, who recently celebrated his 35th birthday, maintains his grip on eighth place, with El Shorbagy reducing the gap behind the former world champion at No9.
Two rising stars of European squash celebrate career-high rankings just outside the top 20. Nicolas Mueller consolidates his status as the top-ranked Swiss player of all-time by moving up two places to 33.
Since reaching his first PSA World Tour final in May 2007, the Zurich-based 21-year-old has been unbeaten in all finals thereafter and now boasts seven Tour title triumphs.
Simon Rosner becomes the third highest-ranked German of all-time after rising three places to No30. The 23-year-old five-time German National champion from Paderborn upset top-seeded Pakistani Aamir Atlas Khan in last month’s Jena International Championship final in Kuwait to win the fifth and biggest PSA Tour title of his career.
July 2011 top 20 (inc. points average):
|9||||Mohamed El Shorbagy||EGY||483|
|10||||Mohd Azlan Iskandar||MAS||432|
|13||||Hisham Mohd Ashour||EGY||357|
|15||||Laurens Jan Anjema||NED||348|
|16||||Wael El Hindi||EGY||339|
For full list – see www.psa-squash.com