Egypt on top

Egypt’s Ramy Ashour moves into his fifth month at the top of the Dunlop. The 22-year-old from Cairo, the youngest player in the world top ten, leads an unchanged top six – ahead of England’s Nick Matthew at two; compatriots Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish at three and four, respectively; Englishman James Willstrop at No5; and Frenchman Gregory Gaultier in sixth place. Londoner Peter Barker is the highest upward mover, leapfrogging France’s Thierry Lincou to take over seventh place.

After becoming the first player in PSA history to win his maiden World Tour title at a 5-star event, Egyptian teenager Mohamed El Shorbagy celebrates a three-place rise to his highest ranking of 14. The 19-year-old from Alexandria – the youngest player in the top 50 – clinched the Indian Challenger No7 in Chennai last month. Omar Mosaad makes his debut in the top 20, at 20, after an exceptional 2010 campaign in which he has competed in three Tour events, and finished as runner-up in one (the Heliopolis Open last month in his home town Cairo) and claimed the trophies in the other two, the Racquet Club Invitational and KIG Open, both in the USA, in January.

Saurav moves to No 27

Saurav moved up in the PSA world rankings to no 27. April PSA rankings are:
27 Saurav Ghosal
80 Siddharth Suchde
90 Harinder Pal Sandhu
113 Ritwik Bhattacharya
174 Gaurav Nandrajog
184 Naresh Kumar
201 Ravi Dixit
210 Ramit Tandon
307 Abhishek Pradhan
345 Karan Malik

Asian Championships start today

The defending champion in both the men’s and women’s categories, Malaysia has received the top billing in the team event, while India is seeded third. The host will be served by Sourav Ghosal, Siddharth Suchde. Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and Ritwik Bhattacharaya in the men’s event and by Joshna Chinappa, Dipika Pallikal, Anaka Alankamony and Surbhi Misra in the women’s section. Read more of this post

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