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>WISPA Grand Prix Lineup Finalized
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Fitz-Gerald Caps Amazing Comeback Year with Grand Prix, Bailey & Atkinson
debut.

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12.12.00 London by Howard Harding;
(Tania Bailey photo © 2000 Ron Beck; Vanessa Atkinson photo ©
2000 Fritz Borchert)

BAILEY &
ATKINSON EARN WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS DEBUTS

England’s Tania Bailey and Netherlands’ Vanessa Atkinson have qualified
for the first time for the Women’s World Grand Prix Finals after making
the top eight in the Grand Prix 2000 standings which have been announced
today (Tuesday 12 December) by the Women’s International Squash Players’
Association (WISPA).

New Zealand’s world No1 Leilani Joyce,
winner of four of the titles including
the British Open, heads the list of eight players who achieved the most
points in the WISPA World Tour Grand Prix events this year which include
the Al-Ahram International and Heliopolis Open in Egypt, the Carol Weymuller
Open in the USA, the World Open in Scotland, and the British Open in England.

The 2001 World Grand Prix Finals will
also feature the return of Australia’s three-times former world champion
Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who crowned her comeback this year after injury by
winning last week’s UniversalSportsClub Classic in London, the final GP
event of the year. Fitz-Gerald’s position is made more amazing by the
events she missed: She was unable to play in several
of the key ranking events due to her injury rehabilitation program.

The players who have qualified alongside
Bailey, Atkinson, Joyce and Fitz-Gerald are Australia’s World Open champion
and World Grand Prix Finals title-holder Carol Owens and England’s Natalie
Grainger, Linda Charman and Suzanne Horner. Tania Bailey, the world No6
from Stamford in Lincolnshire, was a semi-finalist in both the Al-Ahram
International and Carol Weymuller Open, and reached the last eight in
the World Open for the second successive year.

English-born Vanessa Atkinson, from
The Hague, secured three quarter-final berths in the series, including
a maiden British Open quarter-final appearance after a memorable victory
over England’s top seed Cassie Campion, the then world No1. The 2001 World
Grand Prix Finals will take place in Hurghada, Egypt, from 25-31 March.

Issued on behalf of WISPA by Howard
Harding. Edited by SquashTalk

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