Squash: Power stays as No 1 ahead of Nicol

CANADA'S JONATHON POWER has retained his world No 1 position in the new December Dunlop PSA Men's World Rankings, announced yesterday by the Professional Squash Association.

Power is just ahead of Scotland's world champion, Peter Nicol, who will defend his British Open title for the first time in his home country next week.

Despite both players being beaten by Ahmed Barada as he headed for the title in the Heliopolis Open last month, the Egyptian maintains his position at No 3, ahead of England's Paul Johnson at No 4.

Australia's Anthony Hill makes further progress up the rankings to achieve a new career-high world No 5 five position, while Belgium's Stefan Casteleyn similarly rises to the highest place he has been in the rankings, No 7.

John White, an Australian-born Scot, makes his top 10 debut at No 10, which, with the British Open about to be staged in Scotland for the first time, brings to three the number of Scottish players in the world's top 10.

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