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London: Qatar’s Abdulla Mohammed Al Tamimi (pictured) head the latest World Squash Federation (WSF) World Junior Circuit Rankings according to the new February list published yesterday by the WSF.
Al Tamimi retains the top position he first achieved in November.
After winning the Liechtenstein Junior Open last year, the 18-year-old went on to win the Dutch Junior Open in Amsterdam.
In July 2012, Al Tamimi took part at the World Junior Championships, which came to a disappointing end when he was forced to concede his match, when blood from an injury from Al Tamimi dripped onto the court, making the surface unplayable.
The Qatari also competed at the PSA World Championship in December at the Khalifa International Tennis and Squash Complex after receiving a wildcard. Al Tamimi went out in the first round but not without a battle, losing to India’s Saurav Ghosal in three sets.
Jordan’s Ahmad Al-Saraj and Englishman Richie Fallows are in second and third positions, respectively.
Al-Saraj won his own country’s Junior Open in April before making the final of the Hong Kong Junior Open in July.
Seventeen-year-old Fallows clinched both the Nordic Junior Open and Swiss Junior Open trophies late last year.
Fellow Englishman Ollie Holland has moved up to fourth place.
Meanwhile, Macclesfield-born Emily Whitlock of England, tops the rankings for the women’s category.
Whitlock rounded off her illustrious junior career in style in January by winning the women’s British Junior Open title for the first time - not only becoming the only home winner, but also adding to the U17 crown she won two years before.
The Colwyn Bay-based 18-year-old also won the European Junior Championship last year - and is already establishing herself on the WSA Tour, with six titles to her credit.
India’s Anaka Alankamony has moved to second place, boosted by title success in both the Indian Junior Open and the Asian Junior Championships.
Karla Urrutia, the 18-year-old from Mexico is in third place after winning both the PanAm Junior Championship and the Canadian Junior Open. AGENCIES