It is mixed fortune for Nigerian squash players according to the latest global rankings for November released on Friday by the world’s squash governing body, the Professional Squash Association (PSA).
Concise News reports that US-based Babatunde Ajagbe moves up 21 places to No.167.
Fellow US-based athlete, Adewale Amao – inactive in top PSA competition since February – continues to fall off the radar. He is No.532 on the PSA. Same for top local player, Abdul Rahaman Yusuf, who is presently placed No.410.
Meanwhile, Adegoke Onaopemipo of Lagos state, the current No.1 seeded senior player on the home front further leapt. Recall he jumped a massive 181 places in the space of two months. This time around, he sees himself at No.252 – from No.257 last time out.
‘Onas’ stunning rise has been helped by his recent achievements at all of the PSA Satelite Tour events held in Nigeria lately.
Idowu Enimakure and Sodiq Taiwo are both ranked No.400; Gabriel Olufunmilayo is No.402; while the Iguodala brothers – Desmond and Clinton are joint No.590.
In the women’s classification, long-term Nigeria squash queen, Yemisi Olatunji attained a career-best No.122, while her sister, Busayo Olatunji dipped a bit to world No.177.
Olatunji Sr.’s new placement is a new national record, as no Nigerian female squash player has ever reached that height. Last month, she was at No.123.
Both ladies dominated all the PSA Satelite events they competed in not long ago.
The racket sport siblings are participating in the ongoing 1st Frigate Squash Open 2019 at the squash section, Ikoyi Club 1938, Ikoyi, Lagos.
The newcomer on the Tour, Ebifemi Taiwo, is joint No.282.
International players round-up
England’s Adrian Waller has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his career to become the highest ranked Englishman on the men’s tour after the PSA Men’s World Rankings for November were released today.
Waller, the 29-year-old from Enfield, won his eighth PSA Tour title at the Life Time Chicago Open in October, and that victory, along with a third round finish at the U.S. Open, has helped elevate him seven places to sit at a career-high World No.17 ranking.
U.S. Open champion Ali Farag extends his lead over runner-up Mohamed ElShorbagy at the top of the World Rankings, while Tarek Momen (No.3), Karim Abdel Gawad (No.4) and New Zealand’s Paul Coll complete the top five.
The rest of the top 10 is also unchanged as Simon Rösner (No.6), Diego Elias (No.7), Mohamed Abouelghar (No.8), Miguel Rodriguez (No.9) and Marwan ElShorbagy (No.10) all retain their spots.
India’s Saurav Ghosal stays at No.11 ahead of Welshman Joel Makin, while Egypt’s Fares Dessouky rises a spot to No.13.
France’s Gregoire Marche moves up two spots to a career-high No.14 ranking, while Omar Mosaad drops two places to No.15. Zahed Salem falls a place to No.16, with England’s former World No.1 James Willstrop staying at No.18.
Egypt’s Mazen Hesham rises two places to return to the top 20 for the first time since September 2016, while England’s Daryl Selby completes the top 20 after falling three places.
Here is November’s top 20 in full… 👇 pic.twitter.com/UjIj7pIPqo
— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) November 1, 2019
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar has returned to World No.2 in the PSA Women’s World Rankings
Gohar reached a career-high ranking of World No.2 in January 2017 but a loss of form and motivation saw her drop out of the world’s top five, falling as low as No.8 in February of this year.
However, the 22-year-old has returned to her best in recent months and has climbed up the rankings after winning the British Open and last month’s U.S. Open. She lost out to World No.1 Raneem El Welily in the World Championship semi-finals last night.
Her opponent will be three-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who drops to World No.4, which is her lowest World Ranking since March 2016.
El Sherbini is appearing at her first tournament of the season after suffering a knee injury, but she has been in dominant form this week in Cairo and will look to celebrate her 24th birthday with a fourth World Championship triumph.
Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb stays at No.3 after her defeat to Gohar in the U.S. Open final saw her miss out on the chance to rise a place, while France’s Camille Serme drops to No.5.
New Zealand’s Joelle King, England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, America’s Amanda Sobhy, Wales’ Tesni Evans and Hong Kong’s Annie Au complete the top 10.
World Junior Champion Hania El Hammamy – who lost out to El Sherbini last night in the semi-finals – stays at No.11 ahead of India’s Joshna Chinappa, while Victoria Lust is on the rise to No.13 as her fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters moves the other way to No.14.
Egypt’s Salma Hany stays put at No.15, with Hong Kong’s Joey Chan rising a spot to a joint career-high No.16 ranking.
Yathreb Adel moves down a spot to No.17 as Belgium’s Nele Gilis rises one place to No.18.
The final two spots are taken up by Olivia Blatchford Clyne and two-time World Junior Champion Rowan Elaraby.
Elaraby rises 11 places after reaching her first PSA Platinum quarter-final last month at the U.S. Open.
The women’s top 20 for November in full.. 👇 pic.twitter.com/WbnBmTmiI0
— PSA World Tour (@PSAWorldTour) November 1, 2019