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Kiwi squash players continue to climb world rankings

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The good news continues for the players in the New Zealand men’s squash team leading in to the world championships later this month in Washington DC.

After Paul Coll’s effort making the final of the individual world championships in Doha last month he has maintained his position as the No.5 ranked player in the world, close behind four Egyptians in the December rankings.

The second ranked New Zealander is veteran, Campbell Grayson who has risen in the rankings from 31 to a new career high of 25 on the back of a consistent year winning the titles at the Irish Open and Houston Open as well as being a finalist at the Chicago Open.

Evan Williams from Wellington is the third ranked Kiwi team member and has improved from 104 to 93. In preparation for the men’s world champs he will play at a Challenger event in St Paul, Minnesota later this week.

The new player to the team, Lwamba Chileshe has seen his ranking move two places from 160 to 158 and has been playing top interclub in the England and Dutch leagues as well as training with Coll.

A total of 23 nations will compete for the world teams title. Egypt will be the tournament favourite with six players ranked in the top 10 to choose from, Germany, England and France are also likely to be contenders while New Zealand depending on its draw has the ability to make the top eight and beyond.

New Zealand finished sixth at the last world men’s teams champs in France in 2017. The best finishes by New Zealand was second in 1977, 85 and 87.

The team will be led by former New Zealand professional player and coach Glen Wilson.

The full team is, Paul Coll (Canterbury), Campbell Grayson (Auckland), Evan Williams (Wellington), Lwamba Chileshe (Waikato), non-travelling reserve, Zac Millar (Waikato), coach Glenn Wilson.

The 2019 WSF men’s world squash teams championships will be held 15-21 December at Washington DC.

There are currently 18 New Zealand male players with PSA world rankings.

In the latest women’s world rankings, Joelle King remains at No.6 in the world followed by Amanda Landers-Murphy as No.2 with a ranking of 48. There are 11 Kiwi woman with PSA rankings.

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