Matthew extends world No1 lead!

Victory in last week’s 2nd PSA World Series event of the year has extended Englishman Nick Matthew’s (pic, le) lead at the top of the Men’s World Rankings. The 30-year-old moves into his 3rd successive month as world number one, holding off the challenge of world No2 Ramy Ashour (pic ri). In an unchanged top six, Egypt’s Karim Darwish retains his third position ahead of England’s James Willstrop at four, with Egyptian Amr Shabana in fifth place, and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier at six. Top-ten rankings: 1. Nick Matthew (ENG, 1,568); 2. Ramy Ashour (EGY, 1,384); 3. Karim Darwish (EGY, 959); 4. James Willstrop (ENG, 897); 5. Amr Shabana (EGY, 832); 6. Gregory Gaultier (FRA, 790); 7. Peter Barker (ENG, 595); 8. Thierry Lincou (FRA, 557); 9. Mohamed El Shorbagy (EGY, 500); 10. Azlan Iskandar (MAS, 439).