Seven Egyptians in top 14
By NATHAN CLARKE
Egyptian duo Tarek Momen and Karim Abdel Gawad have soared up the March PSA Men’s World Rankings released today (March 1) to occupy their highest ever rankings of World No.6 and No.7, respectively.
After finishing as runner-up to Gawad in the UCS Swedish Open PSA M70 tournament, which was the highest profile title of Gawad’s career, and then reaching the semi-finals of the Taeq Colombia Open PSA M100 tournament, Momen has moved up five places from No.11 to hold the No.6 spot – improving on his previous high of No.7 which he last held in April 2015.
The two are just a narrow margin behind Ramy Ashour, who has not played since the World Championship in Seattle in November.
As a result of the pair moving up, Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez falls two places to No.8, his lowest ranking in over a year, while Germany’s Simon Rösner (No.9) and Frenchman Mathieu Castagnet (No.10) also fall one place inside the top ten.
Elsewhere inside the top 20, the Australian pairing of Cameron Pilley and Ryan Cuskelly both move up to find themselves inside the top 15, with Pilley holding the No.12 slot and Cuskelly at No.15.
Daryl Selby (No.16), Mazen Hesham (No.17) and Saurav Ghosal (No.19) also move up one place while Spaniard Borja Golan rounds out the top 20 after falling one place to No.20.
There is no movement in the top five, with Mohamed Elshorbagy out in front and followed by Gregory Gaultier, Nick Matthew, Omar Mosaad and Ashour.
PSA Men’s Rankings (March 2016):
Picture by STEVE LINE (www.squashpics.com) courtesy of Swedish Open. Graphic courtesy of PSA