Colombian superman hits top four and German No.1 makes top six
By NATHAN CLARKE
Colombian Miguel Angel Rodriguez has moved up one place in the June PSA World Rankings to occupy the World No.4 berth and become the first South American squash player of all-time, and the first player from either American continent since the legendary Jonathan Power, to rank amongst the sport’s illustrious top four.
The high-flying crowd-favourite has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the PSA World Rankings in 2015, first breaking into the top ten in January before rising to No.6 courtesy of a run of career-best finishes at some of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments, including collecting the Motor City Open title.
After reaching the semi-finals of both the Grasshopper Cup and Allam British Open inside the last two months, Rodriguez now moves ahead of current World Champion Ramy Ashour to occupy the World No.4 spot behind the dominate trio of Mohamed Elshorbagy, Nick Matthew and Gregory Gaultier.
“It’s been a great start to the year for me, achieving some important victories and results in World Series events especially,” said Rodriguez.
“I believe I have been very consistent, and have persevered, to get to where I am and I have been a lot more disciplined in my game without losing my style.
“The work done off court now is more specific in terms of quality over quantity and I’ve kept my desire to achieve better results with a positive attitude. I think if I had not believed that I could have been top ten then I would never have achieved it so I believe that anything is possible now and I will continue to try and perform at my best.
“My aim now is to maintain my rhythm in competition play so that I can improve on my results from 2014 and hopefully reach my first World Series final.”
Just two places below Rodriguez in the rankings is German Simon Rösner, the powerful man from Paderborn who continues his own surge through the rankings to a career-best of No.6 – a third career-best ranking inside four months – while Omar Mosaad also climbs two places to a new career high of World No.7.