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>Rankings section > WISPA Feb 1 2001 Rankings

New Zealander Joyce Holds onto #1;
Aussies Owens & Fitz-Gerald crowd her at #2 and 3
Fitz-Gerald – Atkinson photo © 2001 Debra Tessier

London, Feb 1 2001 WISPA. – New Zealand’s
British Open champion Leilani Joyce holds onto the No1 position in the February
world rankings, announced today (1st February) by WISPA.

The complete new WISPA list features players
from a record 35 nations, and is the first following the association’s decision
to move from bi-monthly to monthly ranking lists. Joyce, 26, from Hamilton,
holds her lead over Australia’s world No2 Carol Owens, the 29-year-old from
Melbourne, now also based in New Zealand, who beat her in November’s World
Open final in Edinburgh.

At No3 is Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald
who, following her semi-final
loss in the 2000 World Open, has already claimed three WISPA World Tour title
successes. In December the three-times former world champion beat Owens in
the final of the UniversalSportsClub Classic in London, then in the USA last
month she captured the Marsh-McLennan Apawamis Open and Greenwich Open

# 3 Fitz-Gerald
and #11 Atkinson in NYC

trophies to reach an
impressive 40-title career total.

England’s Linda Charman stays at No4 whilst
compatriot Natalie Grainger overtakes former world junior champion Tania Bailey,
also from England, to move up to world No5.

Notable success in the new list is enjoyed
by Australia’s Grinham sisters – who both achieve career-best rankings and
also become the first sisters to appear simultaneously in the world top twenty.
Rachael Grinham, 24, from Sunnybank in Queensland, makes her debut in the
top ten at 10, while 22-year-old Natalie Grinham arrives in the top twenty
at 20. England’s 23-year-old Vicky Botwright, from Manchester, also boasts
a career-best ranking of 18, whilst the following WISPA players register their
highest-ever rankings in the February top thirty list: France’s Isabelle Stoehr,
at 22; South Africa’s Annelize Naude at 29; and Norway’s Elin Blikra at 30.

1 [1] Leilani Joyce NZL
2 [2] Carol Owens AUS
3 [3] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
4 [4] Linda Charman ENG
5 [6] Natalie Grainger ENG
6 [5] Tania Bailey ENG
7 [8] Suzanne Horner ENG
8 [7] Fiona Geaves ENG
9 [9] Stephanie Brind ENG
10 [11] Rachael Grinham AUS
11 [10] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [12] Cassie Campion ENG
13 [13] Rebecca Macree ENG
14 [14] Sabine Schoene GER
15 [15] Sue Wright ENG
16 [17] Jenny Tranfield ENG
17 [16] Pamela Nimmo SCO
18 [19] Vicky Botwright ENG
19 [20] Maha Zein EGY
20 [21] Natalie Grinham AUS

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