Thursday, November 23, 2017

Ramasra climbing up world rankings again


CAC MEDALLIST: Colin Ramasra

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COLIN RAMASRA has returned to the international squash arena with a bang.

The Trinidad and Tobago player has climbed 84 places since he returned to the tour in December and is now ranked #271 in the world.

Ramasra had been missing from the Professional Squash Association (PSA) circuit since the tragic passing of his mother in a vehicular accident in June 2010.

At the time he was based in Holland, but the 28-year-old is now in Toronto, Canada, the place where he resumed preparations to return to the circuit in November.

It did not take Ramasra long to get back into the swing of things as he upset Sergio Lopez, the sixth-seeded Mexican, who is ranked #235 in the world, in straight sets in the first round of the Florida State Open the following month.

However, the two-time runner-up at the Caribbean Championships then came up against three-time Caribbean champion Chris Binnie and the second-seeded Jamaican, ranked #140 in the world, prevailed in straight sets.

Ramasra's other tournament to date was also in the United States and although he went out in the first round in the Atlanta Open, his performance was far from disappointing.

The six-time national champ obtained one of the four qualifying spots with two straight-set victories, including a triumph over Farooz Khan, a former top 100-ranked player in the world. Ramasra, who ran into the No. 7 seed Tyler Hamilton in the first round and was beaten by the world No. 172 from Canada, stated: "I am very happy with my progress up the rankings this year. I have improved significantly in the last three months and it's only a matter of time before it is fully reflected on my performances and in the rankings."

Ramasra will next be seen in the qualifying draw of the North American Open from Monday in Virginia, USA, and he is "looking forward to playing in my first super series event".

"My goal is to qualify and keep rising in the world rankings," he ended.

Over five years ago, the man who hails from San Fernando, became the first player from this country to become a professional.

Ramasra, whose highest career ranking is #148 in the world, and Kerrie Sample, a Briton of local parentage, secured this country's first-ever CAC (Central American and Caribbean) medal in squash when they grabbed silver in mixed doubles in 2010 in Puerto Rico.