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PSA RANKINGS: Golan hits the heights

Lee Hortonhttps://squashmad.com
Former Sun, Mirror, People and Sunday Express sports executive. Knows a bit about newspapers and the art of talking a good game. Brighter than some but a way to go to match others.

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Spaniard Borja Golan and Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez have reached career-high world ranking positions.

In the November Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings, Golan is up the eights and Rodriguez 14th.

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour extends his 2013 run into an 11th month at the top of the list. He collected his ninth successive PSA World Tour title at the NetSuite Open in San Francisco last month – and last night moved to within one win of a 50-match unbeaten Tour run at the AJ Bell PSA World Championship in Manchester.

And second-placed Frenchman Gregory Gaultier also added to his Tour title tally in October, winning the PSA World Series Delaware Investments US Open without dropping a single game.

Englishmen James Willstrop and Nick Matthew hold onto third and fourth places, respectively, with Egypt’s Karim Darwish at No5.

But the new rankings have a strong Hispanic flavour: It was after making the world top 10 in 2009 and becoming Spain’s highest-ranked player of all-time that Borja Golan suffered a career-threatening knee injury which took him out of the game for nine months.

From an eight-year-low 103 ranking in May 2010, the determined Spaniard was back in the top 30 within nine months. After winning the Montreal Open last month – his 29th Tour title – Golan now celebrates a new best-ever world No8 ranking.

After overtaking Argentina’s 1990’s star Federico Usandizaga two months ago to become the highest-ranked South American ever, Miguel Angel Rodriguez makes further progress this month with a two-place rise to a career-high No14.

“It’s amazing for me to be the best South American – and reaching two more positions makes me more proud of my work,” said the 27-year-old from Bogota after reaching the last 16 of the PSA World Championship for the first time.

“But it’s not easy to be where I am right now, coming from Colombia, as I don’t have so many players to play with.

“But the things I am doing right now with David Palmer have been helping me in my game and my results.

“The top ten guys are very strong. I am happy to get two more positions. But 14 is not what I am aiming at – my target is top ten within the next six months.”

November 2013 top 20 (inc. points average):

(Prev)
1 [1] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,559
2 [2] Gregory Gaultier FRA 1,195
3 [3] James Willstrop ENG 921
4 [4] Nick Matthew ENG 825
5 [5] Karim Darwish EGY 679
6 [6] Mohamed Elshorbagy EGY 675
7 [7] Peter Barker ENG 597
8 [9] Borja Golan ESP 523
9 [10] Omar Mosaad EGY 460
10 [8] Amr Shabana EGY 416
11 [14] Daryl Selby ENG 389
12 [11] Tarek Momen EGY 378
13 [12] Simon Rosner GER 352
14 [16] Miguel Angel Rodriguez COL 324
15 [15] Alister Walker BOT 316
16 [13] Cameron Pilley AUS 298
17 [17] Saurav Ghosal IND 293
18 [18] Laurens Jan Anjema NED 274
19 [19] Stephen Coppinger RSA 268
20 [24] Adrian Grant ENG 250

For full list – see www.psaworldtour.com

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