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to # 16.

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London,Dec 27, 2001 by Howard Harding
© 2001, photos © Fritz Borchert and SquashTalk © 2001

Fitz-Gerald Begins New Year as
World #1.

#1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (left)
starts 2002 at #1; shown here against Vicky Botwright (photo ©
2001 Debra Tessier

Exactly two years after slipping
to 38 in the world – her lowest position since 1987 – Australia’s Sarah
Fitz-Gerald begins 2002 as No1 in the new January Women’s World Squash
Rankings, announced today (27th December) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

After a sensational 2001 in which
she consolidated her comeback after knee surgery by winning the British
Open title for the first time, and securing a fourth World Open crown
in front of a home crowd in Melbourne, Fitz-Gerald has her sights in 2002
on her 80th appearance in a WISPA World Tour final, her 50th professional
title, and claiming the gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in Manchester
– one of few goals yet to be achieved by one of the sport’s all-time greats.

Linda Charman-Smith
(left) regains #4 while #2 Leilani Joyce is sidelined for 12 months
(photo © 2001 Fritz Borchert

At No2 in the new list is New Zealand’s
former world No1 Leilani Joyce, whose year ended in devastating style
last week when she tore her Achilles tendon during a training session
in Queensland, Australia. “I underwent surgery in Australia performed
by Dr Peter Myers, a highly regarded sports injury specialist who has
treated a lot of the Australian Olympic athletes, and I’ll now be out
of action for 9-12 months,” said Joyce from her home in Hamilton, where
she is learning to master walking on crutches.

Fellow New Zealander Carol Owens is
at No3, while England’s former world No1 Cassie Campion holds onto the
No4 position. England also occupy the next three places as Linda Charman-Smith
overtakes Fiona Geaves to move to 5, while Stephanie Brind retains the
7th slot.

Three players celebrate career-high
positions in the first ranking list of the new year – New Zealand’s Shelley
Kitchen jumps two places to 14, while Malaysia’s double world junior champion
Nicol David steps up two places to No16. England’s Janie Thacker makes
her top twenty debut at 18.

1 [1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
2 [2] Leilani Joyce NZL
3 [3] Carol Owens NZL
4 [4] Cassie Campion ENG
5 [6] Linda Charman-Smith ENG
6 [5] Fiona Geaves ENG
7 [7] Stephanie Brind ENG
8 [8] Rachael Grinham AUS
9 [9] Suzanne Horner ENG
10 [10] Rebecca Macree ENG
11 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [12] Natalie Grinham AUS
13 [13] Tania Bailey ENG
14 [16] Shelley Kitchen NZL
15 [15] Vicky Botwright ENG
16 [18] Nicol David MAS
17 [14] Natalie Pohrer ENG
18 [21] Janie Thacker ENG
19 [19] Jenny Tranfield ENG
20 [20] Ellen Petersen DEN


… and North Americans in the top 80:

29 [29] Latasha Khan USA
30 [30] Melanie Jans CAN
32 [34] Shabana Khan USA
37 [37] Margo Green CAN
48 [50] Marnie Baizley CAN
65 [69] Louise Lefebvre CAN
76 [76] Caroline RussellCAN
77 [77] Tara Mullins CAN

 


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