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London,Feb 1, 2002 by Howard Harding
© 2002, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2002

Fitz-Gerald Consolidates World
#1 Ranking.

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

WORLD SQUASH NEWS Fitz-Gerald Extends
World No1 Lead Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald has extended her lead at
the top of the new February Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced today
(1st February) by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association
(WISPA).

The four-times world champion claimed
her 50th title in her 80th final on the WISPA World Tour last month when
she swept through the Hartford Open in Connecticut, USA, dropping only
one game in the final against former compatriot Carol Owens. Owens, now
representing New Zealand, went on to lift the Southport Open title five
days after the Hartford final – and has narrowed the gap behind fellow
New Zealander Leilani Joyce at No2.

Joyce, who suffered a ruptured Achilles
tendon in December, is unlikely to back on the WISPA Tour until the latter
part of the year. While Dutch champion Vanessa Atkinson moves up one place
to return to the world top ten, England’s US-based Natalie Pohrer has
been rewarded for her success in last month’s Comcast Open at the CHASS
club in Philadelphia with a four-place rise to No13. Outside the top twenty,
South Africa’s Annelize Naude celebrates a career-high 23 position in
the new list, while Malaysia’s Sharon Wee makes her top thirty debut at
30.

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


… and North Americans in the top 85:

28 [29] Latasha Khan USA
31 [30] Melanie Jans CAN
34 [32] Shabana Khan USA
44 [48] Marnie Baizley CAN
47 [37] Margo Green CAN
62 [65] Louise Lefebvre CAN
73 [76] Caroline Russell CAN
79 [77] Tara Mullins CAN
82 [82] Lauren Wagner CAN
83 [97] Dana Betts USA
85 [95] Ivy Pochoda USA

 


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