Egypt’s Mostafa Asal has broken into the top five of the PSA Men’s World Rankings for the first time following his run to the semi finals of the CIB Squash Open Black Ball last month.
Asal enjoyed his most successful year on the PSA Tour so far with two major PSA titles in 2021 and will look to challenge for top spot over the next 12 months. Ali Farag holds on to the World No.1 spot for a fifth successive month but his lead over World No.2 Paul Coll has been shortened following his defeat to the Kiwi in the Black Ball final.
The rest of the top five features Mohamed ElShorbagy (No.3) and Tarek Momen (No.4). Peru’s Diego Elias drops to No.6, while Marwan ElShorbagy (No.7), Joel Makin (No.8) and Fares Dessouky (No.9) retain their places. Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez returns to the top 10 for the first time since June, 2021, while former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad drops to No.11, marking the first time since October, 2015 that he has been outside the top 10.
Frenchman Gregoire Marche moves up two places to a joint career-high ranking of No.12, ahead of Mazen Hesham, Mohamed Abouelghar and Youssef Ibrahim, who rises to a career-high No.15 ranking.
Saurav Ghosal drops to No.16, while Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng moves up a place to a career-high ranking of No.17, switching places with Youssef Soliman, who falls to No.18. Frenchman Baptiste Masotti stays at No.19, while his compatriot Victor Crouin rises three spots to break into the top 20 for the first time. It is also the first time since 2004 that three Frenchmen have been ranked inside the top 20 at the same time.
The biggest mover on the men’s tour this month is 18-year-old Egyptian Seifeldin Shams, who has risen 457 places to No.353 following his runner up finish at the MST Dubai Squash Series I in December. Pakistan’s Muhammad Jehangir Khan reached the quarter finals of that event and is the second biggest mover, rising 411 places to No.399.
PSA Men’s World Rankings Top 10 – January 2022