PSA World Rankings: Latest Nigerian Players Standings For July 2019

PSA World Rankings: Latest Nigerian Players Standings

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It is mixed fortune for Nigerian squash players according to the latest rankings for July released last week by the world’s squash governing body, the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Concise News reports that US-based Babatunde Ajagbe moves up 26 places to No.202 following a month in which he made it to the semi-final of the Life Time Mississauga Open in Canada.

Another US-based athlete, Adewale Amao is on a free fall as he is now placed No.390 in the world. The 29-year-old was last in action in February.

For top home-based player, Abdul Rahaman Yusuf, he falls eleven places to No.349.

19-year-old Adegoke Onaopemipo rises a spot to No.433.

Nigeria’s most skilful sinistral squash player, Idowu Enimakure is joint No.550.

In the women’s classification, long-term Nigeria squash queen, Yemisi Olatunji stays at No.138 while her sister, Busayo Olatunji accelerates ten spots to No.245.

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On the international scene, Chamberlian Squash Open 2018 champion, Millie Tomlinson has broken into the top 20 of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time after the July rankings were released.

Tomlinson began the 2018/19 PSA World Tour season ranked at No.27 in the world, but has risen steadily up the rankings over the past 10 months and reached two semi-finals throughout the campaign.

The Duffield-based 27-year-old has risen a spot after eight-time World Champion Nicol David was removed from the rankings due to her retirement. Egypt’s Yathreb Adel (No.16), Hong Kong’s Joey Chan (No.17), Belgium’s Nele Gilis (No.18) and America’s Olivia Blatchford Clyne (No.19) also move up a place as a result.

The rest of the women’s rankings are unchanged. Egypt’s Raneem El Welily retains top spot for an eighth successive month ahead of compatriot Nour El Sherbini at No.2, while Camille Serme (No.3), Nouran Gohar (No.4) and Nour El Tayeb make up the rest of the top five.

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Women’s World Rankings for July 2019 [Photo: PSA]

New Zealand’s Joelle King (No.6), England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No.7), America’s Amanda Sobhy (No.8), Wales’ Tesni Evans (No.9) and Hong Kong’s Annie Au complete the top 10.

England’s Alison Waters stays at No.11 ahead of compatriot Victoria Lust (No.12), India’s Joshna Chinappa (No.13) and Egypt’s Salma Hany (No.14), while Hania El Hammamy takes the final spot inside the top 15.

Marche Reaches Joint Career-High Ranking

France’s Gregoire Marche has risen two spots to a joint career-high ranking of No.16 after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for July were released.

The 29-year-old from Aix en Provence closed out his season by winning the 5R Montpellier Metropole Open last month, taking the title without dropping a single game throughout the event, while he got the better of England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop in the final.

Marche moves up two spots from No.18, while Willstrop moves up a spot from No.19 to take the Frenchman’s place.

Egypt’s Ali Farag has seen out the season as the World No.1, enjoying his fifth successive month atop the World Rankings. He leads an unchanged top five, including compatriots Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.2), Tarek Momen (No.3), Karim Abdel Gawad (No.4) and Germany’s Simon Rösner.

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Men’s World Rankings for July 2019 [Photo: PSA]

The rest of the top 10 is also unchanged as New Zealand’s Paul Coll (No.6), Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar (No.7), Peru’s Diego Elias (No.8), Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez (No.9) and India’s Saurav Ghosal (No.10) retain their places.

Marwan ElShorbagy (No.11), Omar Mosaad (No.12), Joel Makin (No.13), Zahed Salem (No.14) and Fares Dessouky (No.15) also see their rankings stay the same.

English duo Declan James and Daryl Selby drop to No.17 and No.19, respectively, while Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly closes out the top 20.

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Ridwan is a trained communicator who specialises in football and squash. He has been published by African Examiner. He provides professional coverage of general news, politics and sports, and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first Nigerian interview with South Africa's no. 1 male squash player, Jean-Pierre Brits. He is a proud Nigerian and campaigner for #NigeriaIsOurs.

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