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30/11/2017
Men's December Rankings

 


ElShorbagy Returns to Top Two in Men’s December World Rankings as Ashour Tumbles

A sparkling run of form which has seen him claim three PSA World Tour titles in a row has elevated Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy up to World No.2 after the release of the PSA Men’s World Rankings today (December 1).

The Bristol-based 26-year-old spent 28 months atop the World Rankings between 2015-2017, but a run of poor form last season saw him lose the coveted World No.1 ranking, slipping to No.3 last April.

However, ElShorbagy has played some of his best squash to reach six successive Tour finals - winning five of them - to move back inside the world’s top two behind Frenchman Gregory Gaultier, with U.S. Open champion Ali Farag also on the rise to No.3, while Karim Abdel Gawad drops to No.4 ahead of his World Championship title defence later this month.

A semi-final finish at last month’s Hong Kong Open has seen Marwan, Mohamed’s younger brother, move into the top five for the second time in his career, with England’s three-time World Champion Nick Matthew dropping to No.6 - his lowest ranking since 2009.

The rest of the top 10 is made up of Egypt’s Tarek Momen (No.7), New Zealand’s Paul Coll (a career-high No.8), Germany’s Simon Rösner (No.9) and England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop.

Another former World No.1 - Egyptian maverick Ramy Ashour - has tumbled down the rankings after a shock first round defeat to tournament wildcard Leo Au in Hong Kong, falling eight places to No.17, which is his lowest ranking since 2006.

His compatriot, Mohamed Abouelghar, moves to a career-high No.11 spot, with Peruvian Diego Elias achieving a career-best No.12 ranking. The injured Fares Dessouky drops five places to No.13, while Ryan Cuskelly (No.14) and Daryl Selby (No.15) complete the top 15.

India’s Saurav Ghosal enjoys a five-place increase to No.16 to sit ahead of Ashour, with Spain’s Borja Golan (No.18), Omar Mosaad (No.19), and Mexico’s Cesar Salazar (No.20) rounding out the top 20.

PSA Men's World Rankings Top 20 - December 2017
 

Full Men's Rankings

Rank Prev Player............................ Pts Ctry

1

=

Gregory Gaultier

1,650

FRA

2

↑1

Mohamed ElShorbagy

1,428

EGY

3

↑1

Ali Farag

1,208

EGY

4

↓2

Karim Abdel Gawad

1,040

EGY

5

↑1

Marwan ElShorbagy

761

EGY

6

↓1

Nick Matthew

756

ENG

7

=

Tarek Momen

606

EGY

8

↑1

Paul Coll

607

NZL

9

↑3

Simon Rösner

571

GER

10

=

James Willstrop

554

ENG

11

↑2

Mohamed Abouelghar

526

EGY

12

↑2

Diego Elias

520

PER

13

↓5

Fares Dessouky

516

EGY

14

↑2

Ryan Cuskelly

414

AUS

15

=

Daryl Selby

412

ENG

16

↑5

Saurav Ghosal

395

IND

17

↓6

Ramy Ashour

379

EGY

18

=

Borja Golan

369

ESP

19

↑1

Omar Mosaad

341

EGY

20

↓3

Cesar Salazar

334

MEX

Full Men's Rankings


 


 

 

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