A new feature for the PSA World Tour comes with a new collaboration with SquashLevels, which sees us bring to you a new Power Ratings system, to see which players are the most in-form.
SquashLevels uses a bespoke algorithm to assess each player's current playing level based on their results and their opponents. It focuses on how well they are playing rather than how many rounds they have progressed through. The ratings are updated match-by-match and give great insight into how in-form the players are right now. With results from events across the PSA Tour as well as WSF-sanctioned events, Premier Squash League matches, National Federation sanctioned events, amateur leagues, local club matches and more, it covers all levels from the very top PSA players down to those playing their first competitive matches.
With these new insights we are able to really see how well the top players are performing and identify the up and coming players from further down the rankings. This data is reflected in the ‘level’ which each player has, and it is that level which sees them ranked on the SquashLevels Power Ratings.
The men’s Power Ratings this week have changed significantly thanks to the results of the Manchester Open and CIB PSA World Tour Finals, with both Marwan ElShorbagy and Diego Elias rising up into the top five. It is still a familiar face that tops the charts, though!
Coming in top spot on the SquashLevels Power Ratings following the first two events after the lockdown is World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy, after the Egyptian marked his return to the Tour with a victory in Manchester.
Although the World No.1 did not feature in the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo due to personal reasons, his victory at the National Squash Centre in Manchester is enough to keep him in the top spot, following solid performances against Joel Makin, Paul Coll and Karim Abdel Gawad in the latter stages.
Currently sitting in a close second place, both in the PSA World Rankings and the SquashLevels Power Ratings is former World No.1 Ali Farag. The 2018-19 PSA Men’s World Champion is only just behind ElShorbagy in the charts.
Farag could possibly have taken top spot in the SquashLevels Power Ratings is he had made it through to the final of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, but a loss to Marwan ElShorbagy in the last four saw him lose almost 2% of his level, meaning he currently remains in 2nd place.
The man that defeated Farag in the semi-finals in Cairo, and then went on to win the title a day later, Marwan ElShorbagy, has moved up to the No.3 spot on the SquashLevels Power Ratings following a wonderful run of form on the return of the PSA World Tour after the enforced suspension.
‘The Jackal’ came back to the Tour with a level of just over 52,000, but thanks to reaching the last four in Manchester, before winning the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals at the weekend, His level increased by more than 9% following a 3-0 victory over Karim Abdel Gawad in the final, and it has helped him make the move to No.3.
The No.4 spot on the SquashLevels Power Ratings is occupied by the ‘Peruvian Puma’ Diego Elias, whose good form prior to the enforced suspension of the PSA World Tour due to the COVID-19 outbreak, has kept him inside the top five.
Elias did not feature in Manchester, making his return at the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, but was unable to make it out of his group, despite a first-match win over reigning champion Karim Abdel Gawad. He then lost out to Simon Rösner and Ali Farag, and consequently dropped down to the No.4 spot thanks to ElShorbagy’s brilliance in Cairo.
Two tournaments, two finals for Karim Abdel Gawad following the return of the PSA World Tour. However, he was unable to convert either into a title, as he lost to both ElShorbagys. His level has improved by more than 1,500 since the return, keeping him in the top five.
Gawad reached the final of the Manchester Open after defeating Benjamin Aubert, Declan James, Simon Rösner and Marwan ElShorbagy. However, he lost out to World No.1 Mohamed ElShorbagy in the final at the National Squash Centre. Ten days later, and after navigating his way into the final of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals, the ‘Baby-Faced Assassin’ lost out to Marwan ElShorbagy, which dropped him from inside the top three and down to No.5.
No.5 in the PSA World Rankings, Paul Coll has slipped just outside the top five on the SquashLevels Power Ratings, as he failed to make it out of the group stages at the season-ending CIB PSA World Tour Finals in Cairo.
The Kiwi made the semi-finals of the Manchester Open in the first tournament back, losing out narrowly to eventual winner Mohamed ElShorbagy in a tough five-game battle. He then got the better of World Champion Tarek Momen in the group stages in Cairo, but a defeat to Joel Makin saw the World No.5 crash out of the tournament at the first hurdle, and as a result, he drops down to No.6 in the charts.
The surprise inclusion in the top eight of the SquashLevels Power Ratings is Frenchman Gregory Gaultier. He is still on the comeback trail from injury after over a year out, and sits at a lowly World No.76 in the PSA World Rankings.
The former World No.1 and World Champion saw his level drop down to under 54,000 following a second round loss to Omar Mosaad at the Windy City Open presented by the Walter Family back in February. Now, though, following a run to the title at the Expression Networks Nolan and Liam’s Tournament, Gaultier’s level is back up at over 61,000, and he occupies the No.7 spot.
Reigning World Champion Tarek Momen is the last man in the top eight of the SquashLevels Power Ratings, after seeing his level drop slightly following the opening two tournaments on the return of the PSA World Tour.
The Egyptian reached the last eight in Manchester, losing out to Paul Coll at the quarter-final stage, before dropping out of the CIB PSA World Tour Finals at the group stage, having lost two of his pool matches. He now has a level of 61,733, and is just nine behind the ‘French General’s’ level in the ratings.
The ‘Power Ratings’ can be accessed by fans on the SquashLevels website under the communities tab. You’ll also find comparison tools that allow you to compare players and derive expected results. Simply visit SquashLevels.com and create a free account to get started.