Squash World Squash Rankings April 2010

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April 2010 World Rankings
Ashour & Matthew Hold Onto Top Two World Ranking Slots

After both claimed major PSA titles last month, Egypt's Ramy Ashour and Englishman Nick Matthew hold onto the top two positions in the April Dunlop PSA Men's World Squash Rankings.

Ashour moves into his fourth month as world number one after winning the 5-star CIMB KL Open in Malaysia in March. Later in the month, in London, Matthew triumphed in the ISS Canary Wharf Classic also a 5-star event and has further closed the gap behind his Egyptian rival, in second place.

Egypt's former world number one Amr Shabana holds onto third place in the list while Karim Darwish completes the trio of Egyptians in the top four by moving up to No4 boosted by reaching the Kuala Lumpur final.

After contesting three successive Tour finals in Canada last month losing two to Dutchman Laurens Jan Anjema but then winning the third against Hisham Ashour in Calgary England's Daryl Selby celebrates his top ten debut and a career-high No9 ranking.

The new ranking consolidates the 27-year-old from Essex's position as the fourth highest-ranked Englishman in the list.

But Anjema also boasts a best-ever ranking leaping four places to a career-high No11 after winning the National Bank Financial Group International in Montreal and the Manitoba Open in Winnipeg.

And a further Englishman has reasons to be cheerful as Jonathan Kemp celebrates his first appearance in the top 20 at No20, sharing the position with Pakistan's Aamir Atlas Khan.

Left-hander Kemp made it through to the 13th Tour final of his career at last month's Chennai Open in India.

Nicol overtakes Michelle

Malaysia's Nicol David has passed another major milestone in her illustrious squash career by moving into her 45th successive month at the top of the April Women's World Squash Rankings.

By overtaking the 44-month run achieved by Australia's Michelle Martin in October 1996, Nicol David has established the longest unbroken reign as world number one since the great New Zealander Susan Devoy 17 years ago in February 1993.

The 26-year-old from Penang began her 2010 WISPA World Tour campaign in March, and immediately added a further two titles to her formidable collection by winning both the Chennai Open in India and the CIMB KL Open on home soil in Malaysia successes which brought her career WISPA title haul to 43.

England's Jenny Duncalf, runner-up to David in KL, reclaims her career-high world number two ranking while Dutch star Natalie Grinham, currently out of action while awaiting the birth of her first child, drops to third place.

But England's Alison Waters rises a single position to record a best-ever fourth place in the new list. The 26-year-old Londoner is enjoying the form of her life after winning two WISPA Tour titles in the USA at the beginning of the year before becoming the British National champion for the second time in February.

Mexico's Samantha Teran celebrates her third rankings rise this year by moving to a career-best No12 this month. Unseeded, the 28-year-old from Mexico City reached the quarter-finals of the KL Open in Malaysia.

Lower in the list, Australia's Donna Urquhart makes her long-awaited debut in the world top 20 at No20. The 23-year-old left-hander from New South Wales reached her ninth Tour final at the Chairman's Cup in Hong Kong as third seed in January, then earned places in the main draws of both the Chennai Open and KL Open as a qualifier.

And just outside the top 20 is a trio of promising stars all boasting career-high rankings England's Sarah Kippax at 21; ahead of Malaysian Delia Arnold, up seven places to 22; and New Zealander Joelle King at 23.

APRIL 2010
Rank Prev Player


1 [1] Ramy Ashour 1190 Egy
2 [2] Nick Matthew 1117 Eng
3 [3] Amr Shabana   971 Egy
4 [5] Karim Darwish  740 Egy
5 [4] James Willstrop 696 Eng
6 [5] Gregory Gaultier  655 Fra
7 [8] Thierry Lincou   505 Fra
8 [7] Peter Barker 490 Eng
9 [12] Daryl Selby 412 Eng
10 [9] David Palmer   404 Aus
11 [13] Laurens Jan Anjema 378 Ned
12 [11] Wael El Hindi 343 Egy
13 [10] Adrian Grant 333 Eng
14 [13] Alister Walker 321 Eng
15 [14] Cameron Pilley 308 Aus
16 [18] Azlan Iskandar  289 Mas
17 [16] Mohamed El Shorbagy 286 Egy
18 [19] Ong Beng Hee 272 Mas
20 [18] Aamir Atlas Khan 248 Pak
20 [21] Jonathan Kemp   248 Eng
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Rank Prev Player Pts Ctry
1 [1] Nicol David   2897 Mas
2 [3] Jenny Duncalf 1575 Eng
3 [5] Natalie Grinham    1485 Ned
4 [5] Alison Waters   1443 Eng
5 [4] Rachael Grinham   1421 Aus
6 [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy  1214 Egy
7 [7] Madeline Perry   974 Irl
8 [9] Laura Massaro 848 Eng
9 [8] Natalie Grainger   643 Usa
10 [10] Kasey Brown 636 Aus
11 [11] Camille Serme 618 Fra
12 [13] Samantha Teran   576 Mex
13 [12] Vanessa Atkinson   506 Ned
14 [14] Engy Kheirallah 501 Egy
15 [17] Jaclyn Hawkes   479 Nzl
16 [15] Raneem El Weleily 475 Egy
17 [19] Rebecca Chiu  430 Hkg
18 [16] Annie Au 425 Hkg
19 [18] Isabelle Stoehr 416 Fra
20 [21] Donna Urquhart 413 Aus
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