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

Pohrer Makes Strong Leap into Top
Five.

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

Sarah Fitz-Gerald has extended her
lead at the top of the new May Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced
today (30th April) by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association
(WISPA), after winning her second successive British Open title earlier
this month.

The four-times world champion from
Melbourne competed in her 16th successive British Open after a month layoff
due to a calf injury. The world No1 clinched the title without conceding
a single game – then consolidated her status by retaining the World Grand
Prix Finals title in Qatar last week. New Zealanders Carol Owens, a British
Open quarter-final casualty, and Leilani Joyce, still recovering from
an Achilles rupture, retain their second and third place, respectively.

England’s Natalie Pohrer leaps four
places to No5 after winning the Hurghada International in Egypt. The 24-year-old,
originally from South Africa but now based in St Louis, USA, has enjoyed
an impressive WISPA World Tour run since taking six months off last year.
Unseeded, Pohrer claimed the Hurghada title after beating both Carol Owens
and compatriot Cassie Campion, the world No4.

Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson celebrates
a career-high world No9 position in the new list after securing a semi-final
berth in the British Open. England’s Tania Bailey, who reached the British
Open final for the first time as the 15th seed, rises four places to No11.

A notable absentee from the world
top ten is England’s Suzanne Horner. The drop to No12 marks the end of
a remarkable unbroken reign in the top ten by the 39-year-old from Yorkshire
since September 1992.

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


… 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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