Nigerian Players PSA World Ranking Position Revealed

Nigerian Squash Players

The latest rankings released by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) has only two (2) Nigerians in the top 200.

The ranking revealed that Babatunde Ajagbe, the only Nigerian player that participated in a PSA recognised tournament in the month of April is now rank 196, while Yemisi Olatunji is 133th in the women’s category.

The 31-year-old movement is connected to his recent performance at an international tour.

Ajagbe, who was ranked 200 in April lost 11-2, 11-9, 14-16, 11-3 (3-1) to Britain’s Ashley Davies in the first round of a $5, 500 men’s Rochester Pro-Am 2019 Genesse Valley Club, Rochester NY, USA.

Yemisi on the other hand drop six places. The 25-year-old was 127th in April.

Meanwhile, Adewale Amao is 234th, a marginal rise from his April position of 235th.

Elsewhere, Abdulrahman Yusuf rises to 309th place from 315th in April, Onaopemipo Adegoke drops to 429th position.

Adegoke was placed 420th in April.

Idowu Enimakure with eighty-one (81) other players across the world occupies the 565th position and finally Busayo Olatunji, the second women in 254th.

The latest rankings is an indication that highlight just how much needs to be done in the sport of squash by and for Nigerian players.

Globally Ranking: Dessouky Returns to Top 20

A semi-final finish at last week’s El Gouna International Squash Open has seen Egypt’s Fares Dessouky rise 24 places to World No.18 after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for May were released.

Dessouky, a former World No.8, had been ranked outside of the top 20 for 12 months as he recovered from a torn ACL sustained in November 2017.

The 24-year-old was in fine form in El Gouna as he beat the likes of World No.2 Mohamed ElShorbagy and World No.7 Miguel Rodriguez en route to the semi-finals as he reached the last four of a PSA Platinum tournament for the first time in two years.

Eventual El Gouna International winner Ali Farag tops the men’s rankings for a third successive month ahead of ElShorbagy, while Tarek Momen ensures that it’s an all-Egyptian top three for a fourth month in a row.

El Gouna finalist Karim Abdel Gawad moves up two places to No.4, while Germany’s Simon Rösner completes the top five.

New Zealand’s Paul Coll drops a place to No.6, with Colombia’s Rodriguez staying at No.7. Peru’s Diego Elias rises to a career-high No.8 ranking after winning the Macau Open in April. He swaps places with Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar, while India’s Saurav Ghosal stays at No.10.

Egypt’s Omar Mosaad rises a place to No.11, with Welshman Joel Makin rising three spots to a career-high No.12 ranking. Germany’s Raphael Kandra also reaches a career-high ranking, moving up one place to No.13, to sit ahead of Egyptian Zahed Salem and England’s Declan James, the latter of whom moves up to a career-high No.15 ranking.

Frenchman Gregoire Marche is the fifth player in the top 20 to reach a career-high ranking this month as he moves up two spots to No.16. Former World No.1 James Willstrop, Dessouky, Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly and England’s Daryl Selby complete the top 20.

Meanwhile, former World Champion Gregory Gaultier has dropped out of the top 20 for the first time since April 2003. The Frenchman hasn’t played on the PSA Tour since October 2018 due to surgery on a knee injury and has fallen 13 places to No.26.

Egypt’s Marwan ElShorbagy also drops out of the top 20, and is at his lowest ranking since April 2014 after falling 10 places to No.21.

PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 20 – May 2019

PSA Women’s World Rankings: Sobhy Breaks Back into Top 10

United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy has risen four places to sit at World No.8 after the PSA Women’s World Rankings for May were released.

Sobhy, the 25-year-old Harvard-graduate from Boston, last week reached her first PSA World Tour Platinum semi-final since rupturing her achilles in March 2017, with a run to the last four of the El Gouna International Squash Open.

Sobhy, who beat World No.3 Nour El Tayeb and World No.10 Laura Massaro en route to the semis, has returned to the top 10 after a two-month absence.

Meanwhile, El Gouna International champion Raneem El Welily remains at World No.1 for a sixth successive month ahead of World No.2 Nour El Sherbini. El Tayeb stays at No.3 ahead of France’s Camille Serme, who has cut the gap on the Egyptian to just 20 points. New Zealand’s Joelle King rounds off the top five.

England’s Sarah-Jane Perry stays at No.6 ahead of El Gouna runner-up Nouran Gohar. Wales’ Tesni Evans drops to No.9, while England’s Massaro drops two spots to No.10, her lowest ranking since May 2008.

Hong Kong’s Annie Au drops a spot to No.11, while Alison Waters falls two places to No.12. England’s Victoria Lust stays at No.13, with Egypt’s Salma Hany (No.14) and India’s Joshna Chinappa completing the top 15.

Yathreb Adel rises two places to a career-high No.16 ranking to sit ahead of fellow Egyptian Hania El Hammamy.

Malaysia’s former World No.1 Nicol David moves up a place to No.18. David, 35, spent an unprecedented nine years atop the World Rankings between 2006-2015 and will make her final appearance in the rankings this month as she brings a trophy-laden career to a close at the Allam British Open between May 20-26.

Hong Kong’s Joey Chan drops two places to No.19, while America’s Olivia Blatchford Clyne completes the top 20.