Nigeria Players Fall in PSA World Rankings for August
Nigeria’s top squash players on Thursday fell in the August PSA Men’s and Women’s World Squash Rankings, published by the Professional Squash Association.
Nigeria’s top squash player Babatunde Ajagbe fell three places and now sits at 205th.
The 32-year-old was 202th in the July world rankings.
Ajagbe reached the semi-final of $5,500 Men’s life Time Mississauga Open, Canada in June, where he loss to Portugal’s Rui Soares 13-11, 11-9, 12-10.
Another US-based player, Adewale Amao slumped three places to 393th and Abdulrahman Yusuf also slipped and now sits at 353th.
Yusuf shares the spot with America’s Gabriel Basil and Guy Davidson, while Amao shares the position with Egypt’s Youssef Hisham.
However, Yemisi Olatunji improved her rankings from 138th to 135th.
In a related development, Busayo Olatunji is 251th on the Women’s circuit, Idowu Enimakure dropped to 560th and 19-year-old Onaopemipo Adegoke occupies the 438th spot with four other players.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s Ali Farag has extended his lead at the top for the sixth time in a row.
Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.2), Tarek Momen (No.3), Karim Abdel Gawad (No.4) and Germany’s Simon Rösner round out the top five.
New Zealand’s Paul Coll stays at No.6 ahead of Egypt’s Mohamed Abouelghar (No.7), Peru’s PanAm Games Gold Medal winner Diego Elias (No.8), Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez (No.9) and India’s Saurav Ghosal.
Marwan ElShorbagy retains the No.11 spot ahead of Makin and Mosaad, with Egyptian duo Zahed Salem and Fares Dessouky completing the top 15.
France’s Gregoire Marche, English trio Declan James, James Willstrop and Daryl Selby, and Australia’s Ryan Cuskelly take the final spots inside the top 20.
The biggest riser on the men’s tour was Australia’s Ethan Eyles – the son of former World Champion Rodney – who moves up 94 places to World No.298 after appearing at the Australian Open and Tasmanian Open on home soil.
Spain’s Ivan Perez was also a significant mover, rising 84 places to World No.349.
Egypt’s Mickawy Breaks into Top 20 in Women’s World Rankings
Egypt’s Zeina Mickawy has broken into the top 20 of the PSA Women’s World Rankings for the first time in her career.
The 20-year-old from Alexandria leaps ahead of England’s Millie Tomlinson and Emily Whitlock to break the top 20.
Egypt’s Raneem El Welily tops the World Rankings for a ninth consecutive month ahead of Nour El Sherbini (No.2), Camille Serme (No.3), Nouran Gohar (No.4) and Nour El Tayeb (No.5).
An unchanged top 10 is completed by New Zealand’s Joelle King (No.6), England’s Sarah-Jane Perry (No.7), America’s Amanda Sobhy (No.8), Wales’ Tesni Evans (No.9) and Hong Kong’s Annie Au.
Alison Waters stays at No.11, ahead of Victoria Lust (No.12), Joshna Chinappa (No.13), Salma Hany (No.14) and Hania El Hammamy (No.15).
Yathreb Adel (No.16), Joey Chan (No.17), Nele Gilis No.18), and Olivia Blatchford Clyne (No.19) make up the rest of the top 20.
The biggest movers are Egyptian pair Kenzy Ayman and Nadeen Kotb, who rise 67 places to No.156 and No.204, respectively.