……..Adewale Amao Rises as Ajagbe slips
It was mixed fortunes for Nigeria players in the November PSA World Rankings released by the squash governing body.
In the latest rankings, Adewale Amao moved up 19 places to world No 258.
In-form Amao, who was 277th in October was beaten by Spain’s Hugo Varela in his sole PSA tournament-Texas Open Men’s Squash Championship.
The Spainard stopped Amao in the first round of the $11,000 prize money tournament beating the US based player 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 8-11.
Similarly, Yemisi Olatunji who was 192 in October climbed one place to 191 on the latest world ranking for the month.
Meanwhile, Babatunde Ajagbe, who is still the highest ranked Nigeria player surprisingly slipped eight places.
The 31-year-old Ajagbe who moved twenty-four places in October slumped to 218 from 210 in the previous month.
An inactive Abdulrahman Yusuf has continued to slid on the ranking after an impressive rise in September.
The Lagos-based player who debut on the World stage in 2018 dropped from 260th in October to 267th in November.
The other Nigeria on the PSA World Ranking, Busayo Olatunji who is yet to get a point occupies the 273th position with thirty-nine new entrants.
On the global stage, Egypt’s Mohamed ElShorbagy still top the rankings for a ninth successive month.
While, 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).
On the women side, Egypt’s Nour El Sherbini marks her 23rd birthday with a 31st successive month at World No.1, compatriot Raneem El Welily is second.
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.
Rhyl-based Tesni Evans is the first Welsh woman ever to break into the world’s top 10.