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#1. Malaysia’s Nicol David gains top 20

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London,Nov 1, 2001 by Howard Harding
© 2001, photos © Debra Tessier, squashphotos.com
and Ron Beck

FITZ-GERALD EXTENDS WORLD No 1
LEAD

Sarah Fitz-Gerald

Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who
crowned her sensational
comeback
from injury by reclaiming the World Open title in front of a home crowd
in Melbourne last month, has extended her lead at the top of the new November
Women’s World Rankings, announced today (1st November) by the Women’s
International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce, World
Open runner-up for the second successive year, retains the No. 2 position,
whilst former Australian Carol Owens at No. 3 makes her first showing
in the WISPA list as a New Zealander.

BRIND SOARS
The most dramatic development in the new list is the six-place jump to
a career-high No. 4 by Stephanie Brind, who becomes the highest-ranked
English woman for the first time. The 24-year-old from Bexleyheath in
Kent was a surprise semi-finalist in the Qatar Classic at the beginning
of October, then reached the quarter-finals of the World Open in Melbourne.

Nicol David

Compatriot Linda Charman-Smith, recently
hampered by a calf
injury, slips
to No. 5, despite beating Brind to reach the World Open semi-finals. England’s
Cassie Campion, also fighting back from injury (back surgery a year ago),
returns to the top ten at No. 7 after exceeding her seeded positions in
both Doha and Melbourne. Australia’s Natalie Grinham rises to a career-high
world No. 14 – just five places behind her older sister Rachael – while
England’s Vicky Botwright continues to improve with a single-place upward
move to a best-ever No. 15.

DAVID CROSSES THE THRESHOLD
Malaysia’s 18-year-old double world
junior
champion Nicol David makes her long-expected debut in the top twenty at
20 – thereby becoming the youngest player in the top twenty by more than
three years.

NORTH AMERICANS IN THIRTIES
Top North American players continue to be Latasha Khan (this month at
29), Shabana Khan (34) and Canada’s Margo Green (moving up to 38).

1 [1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
2 [2] Leilani Joyce NZL
3 [3] Carol Owens NZL
4 [10] Stephanie Brind ENG
5 [4] Linda Charman-Smith ENG
6 [6] Fiona Geaves ENG
7 [11] Cassie Campion ENG
8 [8] Suzanne Horner ENG
9 [9] Rachael Grinham AUS
10 [5] Natalie (Grainger) Pohrer ENG
11 [13] Rebecca Macree ENG
12 [7] Tania Bailey ENG
13 [12] Vanessa Atkinson NED
14 [17] Natalie Grinham AUS
15 [16] Vicky Botwright ENG
16 [15] Pamela Nimmo SCO
17 [14] Jenny Tranfield ENG
18 [18] Shelley Kitchen NZL
19 [19] Ellen Petersen DEN
20 [22] Nicol David MAS
………..

29 [27] Latasha Khan USA
34 [36] Shabana Khan USA
38 [41] Margo Green CAN
54 [57] Marnie Baizley CAN
60 [65] Louise Lefebvre CAN

 

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