Former Nigeria number one, Babatunde Ajagbe moved from 218 to 196 in the December PSA world ranking released by the world squash ruling body.
The U.S based player leap twenty-two places to return to the top 200 for the first since 2017.
Ajagbe impressive rise can be attributed to his performance at the Alliance Fabricating Ltd Simon Warder Memorial Cancer Open in Canada.
At the $22,000 prize tournament, Ajagbe overcame Canada’s Jayden Shortt 11-5, 11-4, 11-8 in the first round.
In the second round, the 31-year-old was leading home boy, Cameroon Seth 11-8, 13-11 before the Canadian retire in the third set.
Ajagbe was beaten in the quarter-final by eventual winner, Shahjahan Khan.
Ajagbe, who was unseeded in the tournament did not disappoint in the quarter-final as he gallantly loss to the Pakistan player by an 11-8, 8-11, 11-6,7-11, 11-9 scoreline in 66 minutes.
In a related development, Adewale Amao, who jumped 19 places in November slumped from 258 to finish the year 269- that’s eleven place drop.
Meanwhile inactivity in October and November sees current Nigeria number one, Abdulrahman Yusuf slump further in the PSA world rankings.
Yusuf dropped six places from 267 in November to 273 in December.
In the Women category, Yemisi Olatunji slipped for the four places from 191 in November to end the year 195 in the world.
Yemisi, who was recently crowned Nigerian Racket Sportsperson of the year, was walk over by Mexico’s Diana Garcia in the first round at the Alliance Fabricating Ltd Simon Warder Memorial Cancer Open in Canada.
Meanwhile Yemisi’s sister, Busayo and Adegoke Onaopemipo are still without a point.
While Onaopemipo occupies the 606th position Busayo sit at the 286 position with thirty other players.