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Thierry Lincou In 2003, he won the Dayton Open title in the US, beating Thierry Lincou in the final - but, after his injury layoff the following year, dropped to 14 in the world rankings.

As his confidence grew in late 2004 after his comeback, so results began to come his way:

He progressed beyond his seeding in the Hungarian Open, the Canadian Classic and World Open in Qatar, and reached the final of the Pakistan Open in Islamabad as the tenth seed!

And the following February in New York, where he was also seeded ten, he beat third seed Peter Nicol, then Amr Shabana in the semi-finals, before defeating world champion and world No1 Thierry Lincou in the final of the Tournament of Champions.

"This is a big moment for me, I've been waiting for this for a long time," said the Ricketts after beating the Frenchman 11-10 7-11 11-9 6-11 11-7 in 89 minutes to take the biggest title of his career to date.

But best was yet to come: In the 2005 British Open in Manchester, the sixth-seeded Ricketts beat Peter Nicol in the semi-finals, then another Englishman James Willstrop in straight games in the final to earn the most prestigious title of his career.

The success took Ricketts to No3 in the world rankings - making him the top-ranked Australian for the first time - and he maintained his momentum through to November's Qatar Classic where he reached the semi-finals as seventh seed.

ANTHONY RICKETTS
TOURNAMENT SUCCESSES:

Jan 06 Windy City USA

Mar 05 Winner Sheika Al Saad Kuwait Squash Open KUW

Nov 05 Finalist Qatar Classic QAT

Jul 05 Finalist Pakistan Open ENG

Oct 05 Finalist Cathy Pacific Credit Suisse Open ENG

Feb 05 Semi-finalist *Tournament of Champions USA

Dec 04 Winner #Mixed World Doubles Championship IND

Dec 04 Semi-finalist #World Doubles Championship IND

Dec 04 Quarter-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK

Dec 04 Semi-finalist *World Open QAT

Nov 04 Winner British Open ENG

Sep 04 Semi-finalist US Open USA

Sep 04 Semi-finalist Hong Kong Open HKG

Apr 04 Runner-up *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 04 Runner-up Bermuda Open BER

Feb 04 2nd round Tournament of Champions USA

Jan 04 1st round Kuwait Open KUW

Dec 03 3rd round *World Open PAK

Dec 03 Quarter-finalist *Qatar Classic QAT

Nov 03 Runner-up Canadian Classic CAN

Nov 03 Quarter-finalist *Canadian Open CAN

Oct 03 (Australia No1) #World Team Championships AUT

Oct 03 Winner British Open ENG

Sep 03 Runner-up US Open USA

Aug 03 t-family: Verdana"> David Palmer 
Lee Beachill Peter Nicol
 James Willstrop Nick Matthew Amr Shabana Anthony Ricketts
PSA PLAYER BIOGRAPHY

Name:
Anthony Ricketts
Country:
Australia
Date of Birth:
12 March 1979
Height:
1.85m
Place of Birth:
Brisbane
Place of Residence:
Sydney & Reading, England
Current World Ranking (Mar 06): 6
Highest World Ranking (Nov 05): 3
National Ranking: 2
PSA Titles: 16
PSA Final Appearances: 37

Anthony Ricketts on SquashPics.com

After a hugely-successful 2002 - in which he leapt from 18 to 7 in the Dunlop PSA World Rankings over the year - Anthony Ricketts consolidated his success the following year by rising to world No6 in October 2003.

But a knee injury following his appearance in the Apawamis Open in January 2004 caused the Australian to return to Sydney from his UK base in Reading for treatment. He returned to the PSA Tour seven months later - at the English Open in Sheffield - and just over a year later clinched the British Open title for the first time and rose to a career-high world No3.

Ricketts first came to international notice in the 2000 Hong Kong Open when he came through the qualifiers to reach his first Super SerieSemi-finalist Prince English Open ENG

Feb 03 Semi-finalist *Tournament of Champions USA

Dec 02 Winner *World Open BEL

Nov 02 Runner-up *Qatar Classic QAT

Oct 02 Winner South African Challenge RSA

Sep 02 Winner US Open USA
Sep 02 Semi-finalist *Hong Kong Open HKG

Aug 02 Bronze medallist #Commonwealth Games Menís Doubles ENG

Jul 02 Bronze medallist #Commonwealth Games Menís Singles ENG

Jun 02 Winner *Super Series Finals ENG

Apr 02 Semi-finalist *PSA Masters QAT

Mar 02 Semi-finalist *Pakistan Open PAK

Nov 01 Quarter-finalist YMG Capital Classic CAN

Oct 01 (Champion team) #World Team Championships AUS

Oct 01 Runner-up *Qatar Classic QAT

Sep 01 Semi-finalist *Al-Ahram International EGY

Aug 01 Winner *Hong Kong Open HKG

Jun 01 Runner-up *Super Series Finals ENG

Jun 01 Winner *British Open ENG

May 01 Runner-up Irish Open IRL

Apr 01 Runner-up *PSA Masters EGY

Feb 01 Semi-finalist *Flanders Open BEL

Dec 00 Quarter-finalist YMG Capital Classic CAN

Nov 00 Semi-finalist Florida Open USA

Nov 00 Quarter-finalist US Open USA

Oct 00 Winner Motor City Open USA

Oct 00 Semi-finalist *British Open ENG

Aug 00 Quarter-finalist *Al-Ahram International EGY

Mar 00 Semi-finalist Irish Open IRL

Nov 99 Runner-up Pittsburgh Open USA

Oct 99 Runner-up Motor City Open USA

Oct 99 Winner CAS International PAK

May 99 Runner-up Clermont-Ferrand Open FRA

May 99 Winner Mega Italia Open ITA

Apr 99 Runner-up Finnish Open FIN

Aug 98 Runner-up Geoff Hunt Aus. Satellite AUS

Nov 97 Winner Philadelphia Open USA

Sep 97 Winner Rio International BRA

Sep 97 Winner Chile Open CHI
Aug 97 Winner Ecuador Open ECU

Aug 97 Runner-up Cali Open COL

Aug 96 Runner-up Head Satellite No1 MAS

Sep 95 Runner-up Kleenheat Open AUS

1994 Winner #Australian Junior (U-19) Nationals AUS

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* Super Series event