US-based Nigerian squash player, Adewale Amao is the biggest Nigerian mover in the latest PSA Men’s World Rankings (November).

Amao accelerated 19 places from 277 last time out to 258 today. Recall in the October PSA World Rankings, Amao rose as well – climbing 15 places from 292.

It is a steady rise for the Ilorin-born athlete who has been smart with his tournament pick. His sole competition in October was the Texas Open Men’s Squash Championships 2018. The 28 year old lost narrowly in Round 1 to Spain’s Hugo Varela 3-2 (11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11) in the $11,000 (M) prize-money event.

The tournament in the United States early October is the fourth Amao would partake in this year. That is already double the number of tournaments he competed in the whole of 2017.

His highest career ranking is 215 in April, 2015 during the 2015 PSA World Tour.

Meanwhile, another US-based Nigerian squash player, Babatunde Ajagbe dropped 8 places to 218. By that standing, the 31 year old still remains the highest ranked Nigerian in the PSA World Rankings.

Furthermore, top home-based player, Abdulrahaman Yusuf also slipped. From No.260 in October, Yusuf, 24 now occupy joint 267.

PSA entrant, Adegoke Onaopemipo is still without points as the youngster has not taken part in any PSA-sanctioned tournament since the Chamberlain Squash Open in Lagos in May.

Elsewhere, in the women’s world rankings, Nigeria No.1, Yemisi Olatunji leapt a bit. She moved up one place to 191. Since being defeated in Round 1 by Egypt’s Menna Hamed at the Chamberlain Squash Open in May in Lagos, she is yet to participate in any PSA-sanctioned tournament.

Busayo Olatunji – Yemisi’s sister and the only Nigerian female players in the PSA world rankings – has still not earned any point on the rankings. Although, the 19 year old did move up from 275 to 273. This despite not featuring in any PSA-sealed tournament in 5 months.

Nigerian PSA contingent
Nigeria PSA troop

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On the global scene, Mohamed Elshorbagy stays at World No.1 for a ninth month in a row, while Nour El Sherbini marked her 23rd birthday with a successive month at World No.1. But she could lose top spot to compatriot Raneem El Welily if the older Egyptian can get further than El Sherbini in the Hong Kong Open later this month.

James reaches career-high ranking to become England’s no.1 male

Briton, Declan James moved up four places to World No.16 to become England’s No.1 male player.

James reached the third round of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships and the second round of the Channel VAS Championships during October, where he proved to be a stern test for World No.3 Tarek Momen and World No.2 Ali Farag, respectively.

Those performances have seen him leapfrog compatriot and former World No.1 James Willstrop in the rankings.

Ali Farag (No.2), Marwan ElShorbagy (No.3), Tarek Momen (No.4) and Simon Rösner retain their places in an unchanged top five, while France’s Gregory Gaultier moves up a place to No.6, trading places with Colombia’s Miguel Angel Rodriguez.

New Zealand’s Paul Coll stays at No.8, while former World Champion Karim Abdel Gawad rises to No.9 to overtake fellow Egyptian Mohamed Abouelghar, who completes the top 10.

India’s Saurav Ghosal stays at No.11 ahead of Peru’s Diego Elias, who moves up a place to No.12, Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly, who rises three places to No.13, Hong Kong’s Max Lee (No.14) and Egypt’s Ramy Ashour (No.15).

2015 World Championship runner-up Omar Mosaad has fallen five places to No.17, with Willstrop (No.18), Nicolas Mueller (No.19) and Raphael Kandra rounding off the top 20.

Wales’ Evans breaks into top 10 in women’s world rankings

Tesni Evans became the first Welsh woman ever to break into the world’s top 10 after the November PSA Women’s World Rankings were released today.

Evans made history last month in Philadelphia as she became the first Welsh player to reach the semi-finals of the FS Investments U.S. Open Squash Championships.

Her performances at that tournament have helped her rise three places to No.9, making her the first Welsh player, male or female, to feature in the top 10 since David Evans in 2002.

Nour El Tayeb stays at No.3 ahead of France’s Camille Serme in No.4, while England’s Laura Massaro moves up a place to end a seven-month hiatus from the top five.

Massaro’s compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry rises two spots to No.6 after winning the Oracle NetSuite Open in October, while New Zealand’s Joelle King has dropped two places to No.7.

Egypt’s Nouran Gohar falls to No.8 to sit a place ahead of Evans, while Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David returns to the top 10 after last month saw her record 177-month run in the top 10 come to an end.

England’s Alison Waters and Hong Kong’s Annie Au drop two places to No.11 and No.12, respectively, while former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy moves up five places to No.13.

India’s Joshna Chinappa and Egypt’s Salma Hany keep their respective rankings of No.14 and No.15. England’s Victoria Lust drops three places to No.16.

Australia’s Donna Lobban (No.17), Olivia Blatchford Clyne (No.18), Joey Chan (No.19) and Hania El Hammamy.

Top 10 Men’s PSA World Rankings (November)

Top 10 Women’s PSA World Rankings (November)

 

Report By: Ridwan Adeola Yusuf

 

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