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

Carol Owens now Top-Ranked New
Zealander .

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

Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who
will be back in action next week at the British Open after a calf injury,
retains her lead at the top of the new April Women’s World Squash Rankings,
announced today (1st April) by the Women’s International Squash Players’
Association (WISPA).

Carol Owens, winner of three events
this year in the absence of Fitz-Gerald, regains the #2 position that
she held through October of last year. Leilani Joyce, who is suffering
an extended injury sabattical due to an achilles injury, continues her
downward spiral, as she surrendered her #2 spot to countrywoman Owens.

Also notable in this month’s rankings
is Natalie Pohrer’s rise back into the top ten on the back of strong performances
throughout this spring. Meanwhile, Fiona Geaves, who this week lost to
#13 Natalie Grinham in Hurghada, falls out of the top five.

Also, Omneya Abdel Kawy, precocious
Egyptian star, makes her debut in the top 20, giving Egypt once more a
place in the elite top twenty.

Among the USA athletes, Dana Betts
(62), Meredith Quick (65) and Runa Reta (78), all three of whom have recently
attacked the WISPA tour in earnest, all were rewarded with strong surges
in their rankings.

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


… and North Americans in the top 90:

30 [27] Latasha Khan USA
33 [32] Melanie Jans CAN
36 [34] Shabana Khan USA
45 [44] Marnie Baizley CAN
48 [48] Margo Green CAN
62 [79] Dana Betts USA
65 [85] Meredith Quick USA
77 [75] Caroline Russell CAN
78 [94] Runa Reta CAN
80 [63] Louise Lefebvre CAN
80 [83] Ivy Pochoda USA
84 [80] Tara Mullins CAN
86 [81] Lauren Wagner CAN

 


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