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Massaro moves into Top 3 in December Rankings!

Nicol David is on her 63rd consecutive month as world No1. The Malaysian left New Zealander Susan Devoy (58 month) far behind her in the all-over statistics. The world No2 position remains unchanged, as England’s Jenny Duncalf (pic ri) established herself. Laura Massaro (pic le) has moved into the world’s top 3 for the 1st time. The Englishwoman started the year ranked at No10. Low Wee Wern records her highest ranking at No11.

December 2011 top 10 (inc. points average): 1 [1] Nicol David MAS 3,279; 2 [2] Jenny Duncalf ENG 1,934; 3 [4] Laura Massaro ENG 1,411; 4 [3] Madeline Perry IRL 1,409; 5 [6] Kasey Brown AUS 1,111; 6 [5] Rachael Grinham AUS 1,078; 7 [8] Raneem El Weleily EGY 1,022; 8 [7] Annie Au HKG 948; 9 [10] Natalie Grinham NED 920; 10 [9] Camille Serme FRA 877.

There were further career highs in the top 100:
Kanzy El Dafrawy up to no.29 after reaching the World Open last 16. That makes 6 Egyptians in the top 30. Gaby Huber makes her top 30 debut at no.30. She started the year outside the top 50.
Yathreb Adel up to no.32. The youngest player in the top 100 pushed Massaro in the World Open 1st round.

Melody Francis captured her 5th title of the year at the Mackay Open and moves to no.36, Siyoli Waters at no.38, Misaki Kobayashi up to no.39, Sina Wall up to no.41, Samantha Cornett up to no.44, Lauren Selby up to no.47, Olga Ertlova up to no.48, Ahn Eun Chan up to no.53, Lisa Aitken up to 55, Coline Aumard up to no.56, Amanda Landers-Murphy to 57, Salma Hany up to no.59, Tesni Evans up to no.65, Liu Tsz-Ling up to 68, Tamika Saxby up to 73, Kristen Lange up to no.82, Megan Craig up to no.84, Christine Nunn up to no.86 and Vanessa Pickard up to no.90.

Two Englishman at the top of the new World Rankings!

England boasts the top 2 squash players in the world for the 1st time since 2004 with the rise of James Willstrop (pic ri) to 2nd place in the December World Rankings. Fellow Nick Matthew (pic le) completes his first full year as No1. In the 1st PSA world rankings since December 2005 not to feature an Egyptian in the top 3, France’s Gregory Gaultier leaps 2 places to No3. Egypt, however, takes the next 3 places in the ranking.

December 2011 top 10 (inc. points average): 1 [1] Nick Matthew ENG 1,716; 2 [3] James Willstrop ENG 1,392; 3 [5] Gregory Gaultier FRA 1,050; 4 [2] Ramy Ashour EGY 1,028; 5 [6] Karim Darwish EGY 980; 6 [4] Amr Shabana EGY 789; 7 [7] Peter Barker ENG 644; 8 [8] Mohamed El Shorbagy EGY 642; 9 [9] David Palmer AUS 514; 10 [13] Mohd Azlan Iskandar MAS 465.

2012 ATCO World Series Finals returns to Queen’s!

The ATCO World Series Finals will return to The Queen’s Club in London (4-8 January 2012). The flagship PSA event, which celebrates its 18th staging since 1993, will feature the top 8 players from the 2011 World Series standings in this year’s 9 PSA World Series events (2 of which have yet to be completed).

But new for 2012 will be the simultaneous staging of the WISPA World Series Finals – featuring the top 8 women in the now-completed 2011 WISPA World Series, led by Malaysia’s record 6-time world champion Nicol David. The women’s event, launched in 1998, has not been staged since 2004. It will be run alongside the men’s championship for the 1st time.

PSA launches innovative draw in Kuwait!

A brand new event format, reflecting the open draw style of English football’s prestigious FA Cup, will be launched by the Professional Squash Association this week at the Kuwait PSA Cup which will feature the top 48 players in the world.

But the draw for the quarter-finals will be made (drawn randomly out of the hat) at a Gala Dinner in Kuwait once the line-up has been resolved – with the highest-ranked player drawing his opponent, then the remaining highest player is drawing next his opponnent, etc, until the quarters are confirmed. That means that No1 and No2 are able to meet in the quarters. What do you think about the new draw system?

Gaultier rises in PSA World Series standings!

Success in last week’s Qatar Classic in Doha has seen Greg Gaultier rise to 5th place in the latest 2011 Dunlop PSA World Series Standings. In his first major title success for more than two years, the Frenchman defeated England’s former champion James Willstrop in a 70-minute final of the 6th PSA World Series event of the year.

But, despite surprise early exits in Doha, England’s world No1 Nick Matthew and the 2nd-ranked Egyptian Ramy Ashour share the lead at the top of the standings, both with 375 points.

Egypt’s US Open champion Amr Shabana holds onto 3rd place, while Willstrop strengthens his grip on 4th place after reaching his first World Series final of the year.

Position/(Prev) Total
1/ 1 Ramy Ashour (EGY) 375
1/ 2 Nick Matthew (ENG) 375
3/ 3 Amr Shabana (EGY) 230
4/ 4 James Willstrop (ENG) 225
5/ 7 Gregory Gaultier (FRA) 190
6/ 5 Peter Barker (ENG) 150
7/ 6 David Palmer (AUS) 120
8/ 9 Karim Darwish (EGY) 115
9/ 8 Mohd Azlan Iskandar (MAS) 100
9/ 14 Stewart Boswell (AUS) 100
11/ 11 Tom Richards (ENG) 85
11/ 14 Nicolas Mueller (SUI) 85
13/ 12 Thierry Lincou (FRA) 80
14/ 9 Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 75
15/ 22 Cameron Pilley (AUS) 70
16/ 17 Simon Rosner (GER) 65
16/ 12 Adrian Grant (ENG) 65

PSA to roll out video review for all TV events!

After extensive trials at recent major PSA World Tour events, the PSA is rolling out its video review system at all future televised events, starting with the ROWE British Grand Prix in Manchester later this month. The system allows match officials to review decisions (eg, ‘Let’, ‘Stroke’ or ‘No Let’) questioned by the players, via TV action replays viewed by a 4th official, the video referee. Players are allowed 1 appeal per game, which remains live following a successful appeal …
PSA To Roll Out Video Review AT ROWE British Grand Prix – Manchester

Matthew v Shabana – World Series Finals cancelled!

The PSA has confirmed that, the 2010 ATCO PSA World Series Finals final will not now take place. It was staged in spectacular style at The Queen’s Club in London in January. The PSA event featuring the world’s top 8 players was prevented from reaching a conclusion when the inflatable structure (pic) in which the climax was due to be staged became unsafe. Nick Matthew, the world No1 from England, was due to face Egypt’s 4-time world champion Amr Shabana – both players bidding to win the prestigious title for the 1st time. “Whilst we are hugely disappointed with not being able to hold the postponed final, we feel this is the right decision. We are now fully focused on the 2011 edition of the PSA World Series Finals which will again be at Queen’s this coming January”, explained PSA CEO Alex Gough.


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