Nigerian PSA contingent
Nigerian PSA contingent

US-based Nigerian squash players, Babatunde Ajagbe and Adewale Amao have both risen in the PSA Men’s World Rankings for October released yesterday (October 1).

Ajagbe moved up 24 places from 234 to 210 while Amao climbed 15 places from 292 to 277.

Ajagbe, 31 began his season with a semi-final finish at the Kiva Club Open 2018 in September, beating better-ranked players – Anthony Graham (England) in round 1 and Mario Yanez (Mexico) in the quarter-finals before falling to World No.125 Faraz Khan in the last four.

Action panorama from the Kiva Club Open 2018 PSA Challenger Tour which Ajagbe and Amao were part of. PHOTO CREDIT: Squash Site UK

Meanwhile Amao, 28 who also featured in the Kiva Club Open 2018 but lost out in round 1 to Yanez – the man Ajagbe conquered in the quarters – still improved on his last month’s world ranking.

Elsewhere, Abdulrahaman Yusuf drop two places to No.260.

While the 24 year old did not partake in any tournament in September, he did compete at the Growthpoint SA Open 2018 in August where he was defeated in round 1 by homeboy, Christo Potgieter.

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.

Olatunji Sr. slips

Furthermore, in the women’s world rankings for October 2018, Nigeria No.1, Yemisi Olatunji fell two places to 192. Although she claimed the 2018 Safeguard Zimbabwe Open Squash Championship in August, the tourney was not PSA-sealed. Like Onaopemipo, she has not participated in any PSA-recognised event since the Chamberlain Squash Open in May.

In the meantime, Busayo Olatunji – Yemisi’s sister and the only Nigerian female players on the PSA world rankings – has not earned any point on the rankings. The 19 year old currently stand in 275 alongside over thirty other players.

PSA ranking policy

Players competing in PSA tournaments earn ranking points according to how far they get in the draw. The points available depend on the prize money and the draw size. The monthly rankings (issued on the 1st of the month) are used in selecting entries to tournaments and in determining the seeds.

The total number of points a player earns in the previous twelve months is divided by the number of tournaments played (a minimum divisor of ten is used) to give a ranking average. Where a player has played more than 10 tournaments, the best scores may be selected (i.e. the lowest are not included) according to the Averaging Formula.

For example, a player who has competed in 14 events will have his best 11 scores used. These will be accumulated and divided by 11.

Players competing in PSA World Tour Events earn ranking points according to the prize money, classification of the event, and the final position in the draw the player reaches.

Divisor

A divisor is selected based on the number of tournaments played during the year (the minimum divisor is ten). The average is calculated from the highest points scored for this number of events over the past twelve months.

Top 10 Men’s PSA World Rankings (October)

1. MOHAMED ELSHORBAGY (Egypt)

2. ALI FARAG Egypt)

3. MARWAN ELSHORBAGY (Egypt)

4. TAREK MOMEN (Egypt)

5. SIMON RÖSNER (Germany)

6. MIGUEL ANGEL RODRIGUEZ (Columbia)

7. GREGORY GAULTIER (France)

8. PAUL COLL (Australia)

9. MOHAMED ABOUELGHAR (Egypt)

10. KARIM ABDEL GAWAD (Egypt)

Top 10 Women’s PSA World Rankings (October)

1. NOUR EL SHERBINI (Egypt)

2. RANEEM EL WELILY (Egypt)

3. NOUR EL TAYEB (Egypt)

4. CAMILLE SERME (France)

5. JOELLE KING (Australia)

6. LAURA MASSARO (England)

7. NOURAN GOHAR (Egypt)

8. SARAH-JANE PERRY (England)

9. ALISON WATERS (England)

10. ANNIE AU (Hong Kong)

Report By: Ridwan Adeola Yusuf

 

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