Massaro Gains Last Minute Edge
In defeating Raneem El Weleily in yesterday’s Carol Weymuller Open final, Massaro not only prevented the Egyptian from retaining the trophy, but also leapfrogs her opponent to occupy the world No2 spot behind World Champion Nicol David.
Below them, teenage prodigy Nour El Sherbini rises to her highest ranking to date as her Carol Weymuller Open semi-final appearance pushes the 16-year-old up to No5. Alison Waters, Low Wee Wern and Natalie Grinham all rise one place this month to occupy No8, 9 and 10 respectively, forcing Kasey Brown down three places and just outside the top 10. Wee Wern’s No9 spot is a career high for the young Malaysian.
Lauren Briggs rises four places to No30 after a semi-final appearance in the Atlantis Open, whilst eventual winner Nour El Tayeb rises into the top 20.
Siti Munriah Jusoh and Lauren Selby rise four and six places respectively top occupy their highest ranking places at No33 and 34, while Kylie Lindsay gains three places to sit at No36. Coline Aumard also sits at her highest ranking this month at No39, as doesLiu Tsz-Ling at No40 and Lisa Aitken and Southwest Open winner Maria Toor Pakay who gain eight places each to No42 and 44.
Willstrop holds onto World No1 ranking
Despite losing to his rival in the final of the Springfield Solutions British Grand Prix last month, James Willstrop maintains his lead over fellow Englishman Nick Matthew at the top of the new October Dunlop PSA Men’s World Squash Rankings.
The climax of the PSA International 70 event in Manchester marked the Yorkshire pair’s 30th PSA clash on the but Matthew extended his near-five-year unbeaten run over the 29-year-old from Leeds to retain the title.
Matthew is in second place in the new list, while Frenchman Gregory Gaultier holds onto third place and Egypt’s Karim Darwish moves up to No4, ahead of his fellow countryman Ramy Ashour who slips to fifth place.
With Amr Shabana at No7, and Mohamed El Shorbagy and Omar Mosaad in 8th and 10th positions, respectively, Egyptians continue to occupy 50% of the world top ten!
And it is an Egyptian who celebrates the biggest leap in the top 20: Tarek Momen, the 24-year-old from Cairo who stunned the squash world by clinching two titles in September, rises six places to a career-high 13.
It was after winning the Colombian Open for the first time in Bogota that Momen, unseeded, claimed the biggest title of his career in Selangor where he defeated second-seeded compatriot Mohamed El Shorbagy in the final of the CIMB Malaysian Open.