Darwish knocks Shabana off top spot

on January 7, 2009 by Administrator

With regards to world rankings, the main focus during 2008 was rooted firmly in the tennis world, with British fans of the sport transfixed upon the progress of Andy Murray, who managed to climb impressively to the upper echelons of the list.

However, last week, the world rankings for a rather different sport grabbed the headlines, and for good reason. Amr Shabana, the Egyptian squash player, had occupied the top spot for thirty-three months. However, just last week, his reign ended as his fellow countryman, Karim Darwish, stole the top spot from under Shabana’s feet.

Just like Andy Murray, 2008 saw Darwish make a monumental rise through the world rankings. He started the year in the respectable position of number eight in the world and, although he was known for being a former world junior champion, the twenty-seven year old player had not been expected to make such a large impression on the rankings.

However, Darwish, who was born in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, managed to exceed all expectations by reaching a total of six finals. He was victorious in three of these matches. October brought a highlight as the player won the World Open. Egyptian’s domination of the top spots in the world rankings was completed by Ramy Ashour, who currently occupies the number three position.

British fans of the sport may be interested to know that James Wilstrop sits at number five. The French player, Gregory Gaultier, remains in fourth place, whilst Ong Beng Hee will be pleased with breaking into the top ten after previously occupying twelfth position.

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