Ramy tightens grip on top spot

Success in last month’s Allam British Open has strengthened Ramy Ashour‘s grip on the world number one ranking, according to the June Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings.

SH_1096The formidable 25-year-old from Cairo became the first Egyptian for almost 50 years to win the sport’s historic title last week, falling to his knees on the all-glass court on the Hull City Football Club pitch at the KC Stadium in high emotion after clinching his eighth successive PSA World Tour title and extending his unbeaten run into a second year.

“Winning this prestigious title is one of the happiest moments of my life, if not the happiest,” said Ashour afterwards. “Winning this title is really big for me. It’s something I will always remember.”

SH_1100Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, runner-up in Hull, moves up to No2 – his highest ranking for more than a year.

England’s James Willstrop, whose 2013 British Open campaign in his home county of Yorkshire was stopped by Ashour in the semi-finals, rises to third place – whilst fellow countryman Nick Matthew, the former world champion who was hoping to extend his English record in the event to a fourth title, slips to No4, his lowest ranking since 2009.

Stunning success in Hull, where he upset world No7 Peter Barker to reach the British Open quarter-finals for the first time, sees Tarek Momen back in the top ten at a career-equalling-high No10. The 25-year-old from Cairo’s rise also ensures that there are five Egyptians in the top ten for the sixth month in a row.

Australian Cameron Pilley, who became the second unseeded player in the British Open last eight after ousting sixth seed Mohamed El Shorbagy, rises two places to 13 to celebrate his highest ranking since February 2011.

Stephen Coppinger continues his march up the rankings to reach a best-ever world No16. The Dublin-born 28-year-old, who in February became the first South African to make the men’s world top 20 since the late 70s, reached the 15th Tour final of his career last month at the Torneo Internacional PSA Sporta in Guatemala.

Almost five years after briefly making the top 20 for the first time, Miguel Angel Rodriguez cements his status as the highest-ranked Colombian of time by leaping four places to a career-high world No19.

A member of the PSA since 2002, Rodriguez celebrated one of the biggest wins of his career at the Sporta event in Guatemala City, beating Coppinger in the final to bring his Tour title haul to 22.

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