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January 2010 World Rankings
Ramy Ashour Confirmed As
New World Number One

As expected, Egypt's 22-year-old Ramy Ashour heads the new January 2010 Dunlop PSA Men's World Squash Rankings for the first time becoming the youngest player to top the list  since legendary Pakistanis Jahangir Khan and Jansher Khan in the eighties.

Ashour becomes the 15th men's world number one since the rankings were first introduced in the mid-seventies and the third Egyptian in the past 14 months.

After becoming the youngest ever Men's World Junior (U19) Champion in August 2004 at the age of 16, Ashour went on to become the first to win it a second time two years later in New Zealand.

The teenager's impact on the senior circuit was no less dramatic: He lifted the trophy in the first PSA World Tour event he participated in the Athens Open in Greece and clinched the World Open title last year in only his third appearance in the sport's most prestigious event.

His exemplary 2009 campaign included appearances in six Tour finals, with title successes in four - including the final two Super Series events of the year last month at the Punj Lloyd PSA Masters in India and the Saudi International in Saudi Arabia.

It was Nick Matthew who the Cairo King had to overcome in both the December finals Ashour surviving the longest battle of his career in a dramatic 110-minute climax in Saudi and the Englishman also celebrates a career-high world number two ranking next month.

The 29-year-old from Sheffield has enjoyed a remarkable return to form since spending most of last year on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery. In addition to winning the British National title and the World Games gold medal this year, Matthew notched up eight Tour final appearances in all but one case against expectations securing his first Qatar Classic crown and his second British Open trophy. The Yorkshireman's new ranking is all the more stunning considering that he was ranked outside the top ten at the beginning of 2009!

Three former world number ones occupy the positions behind Ashour and Matthew Egyptians Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish at three and five, respectively, and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier at No4.

But Englishman Peter Barker has much to celebrate in the New Year in a career-best sixth place. The left-hander from London clinched the 13th Tour title of his career at the Santiago Open in Spain in November but, more pertinently, achieved unexpected semi-final berths in the end-of-the-year Qatar Classic and PSA Masters.

England team-mate Adrian Grant, also from London, rises two places to No10 to begin a New Year in the top ten for the first time after celebrating his first Super Series semi-final appearance at his 48th attempt in the Saudi International.

Pakistan will now be represented in the top 20 in the New Year following teenager Aamir Atlas Khan's four-place leap to No19. The 19-year-old from Peshawar celebrated surprise quarter-final finishes in both the Qatar Classic and Saudi International.
Nicol David Begins Fifth Year As World Number One

Malaysia's Nicol David begins her fifth year and her 42nd consecutive month as world number one, according to the January 2010 Women's World Squash Rankings.

The 26-year-old from Penang first took over the top spot in January 2006 then began her current uninterrupted world number one run in August 2006. Despite suffering four shock defeats in 2009, David secured seven WISPA World Tour titles in the year, as well as her second World Games gold medal.

In September, in her training base of Amsterdam, David retained her World Open title not only notching up the 40th Tour title of her career, but also becoming only the third player in history to win the sport's premier title four times.

World Open runner-up Natalie Grinham, from the Netherlands, squeezes past Jenny Duncalf to reclaim second place in the list, while the English player slips to three, ahead of fourth-placed Rachael Grinham, of Australia, and USA's Natalie Grainger at five.

Australia's Kasey Brown moves up a single place to celebrate her debut in the world top 10 while France's 20-year-old Camille Serme continues her relentless rise up the rankings to mark a career-high No12 position.

Also celebrating a best-ever ranking in the New Year is Samantha Teran, the 28-year-old from Mexico City who consolidates her status as the most successful Mexican woman ever by reaching No14.

Rank Prev Player


1 [5] Ramy Ashour 1184 Egy
2 [4] Nick Matthew 1078 Eng
3 [3] Amr Shabana 951 Egy
4 [2] Gregory Gaultier 791 Fra
5 [1] Karim Darwish 721 Egy
6 [7] Peter Barker 557 Eng
7 [6] James Willstrop 555 Eng
8 [8] David Palmer 513 Aus
9 [9] Thierry Lincou 478 Fra
10 [12] Adrian Grant 397 Eng
11 [10] Wael El Hindi 354 Egy
12 [13] Alister Walker 336 Eng
13 [11] Daryl Selby 327 Eng
14 [14] Laurens Jan Anjema 310 Ned
15 [20] Mohamed El Shorbagy 309 Egy
16 [18] Stewart Boswell 281 Aus
17 [16] Azlan Iskandar 277 Mas
18 [15] Cameron Pilley 276 Aus
19 [23] Aamir Atlas Khan 250 Pak
20 [19] Ong Beng Hee 248 Mas
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Rank Prev Player Pts Ctry
1 [1] Nicol David   2692 Mas
2 [3] Natalie Grinham 1469 Ned
3 [2] Jenny Duncalf 1460 Eng
4 [4] Rachael Grinham 1446 Aus
5 [5] Natalie Grainger 1258 Usa
6 [6] Alison Waters 1256 Eng
7 [7] Omneya Abdel Kawy 1003 Egy
8 [8] Madeline Perry 959 Irl
9 [9] Laura Massaro 908 Eng
10 [11] Kasey Brown 505 Aus
11 [10] Vanessa Atkinson 504 Ned
12 [13] Camille Serme 475 Fra
13 [14] Engy Kheirallah 457 Egy
14 [15] Samantha Teran 457 Mex
15 [16] Annie Au 456 Hkg
16 [12] Shelley Kitchen 451 Nzl
17 [17] Jaclyn Hawkes 424 Nzl
18 [18] Tania Bailey 419 Eng
19 [19] Isabelle Stoehr 417 Fra
20 [20] Rebecca Chiu 395 Hkg
Player Websites

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