PSA World Rankings: Latest Nigerian Players Standings
PSPAN Players on PSA World Tour [Photo: www.topmediang.com]
It is mixed fortune for Nigerian squash players according to the latest rankings for August released on Thursday by the world’s squash governing body, the Professional Squash Association (PSA).

Concise News reports that that US-based Babatunde Ajagbe falls three places to No.205, as with another US-based athlete, Adewale Amao who also plunge three places to No.393. The 29-year-old was last in action in February.

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For top home-based player, Abdul Rahaman Yusuf, he falls four places to No.353.

19-year-old Adegoke Onaopemipo sinks fives spots to No.438.

Nigeria’s most skilful sinistral squash player, Idowu Enimakure is joint No.560.

In the women’s classification, long-term Nigeria squash queen, Yemisi Olatunji rises to No.135 while her sister, Busayo Olatunji drops six spots to No.251.

International players round-up

Welshman Joel Makin has risen above Egypt’s Omar Mosaad to sit at No.12 in August PSA Men’s World Rankings.

Makin, 24, rises one spot and swaps places with Mosaad in the only move in an otherwise unchanged top 20 spearheaded by Egypt’s Ali Farag, who makes it six months at World No.1.

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.

Marche Reaches Joint Career-High Ranking

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.