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

No Big Changes in
Top 20 Positions.

#1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald (left)
keeps #1 throughout 2002 first half, here against Vanessa Atkinson
#7 (photo © 2002 Debra Tessier

Twenty four hours after claiming
a historic 58th WISPA World Tour title in Adelaide, Australia’s Sarah
Fitz-Gerald celebrates her 10th successive month as world No1 in the new
July Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced today (1st July) by the
Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Fitz-Gerald, the British Open champion
who won her third Australian Open title on Sunday, maintains her lead
in the rankings ahead of former compatriot Carol Owens, now representing
New Zealand, at No2 and England’s Cassie Jackman, who is reverting to
her maiden name from now on, at No3.

The determined six-times Dutch champion
Vanessa Atkinson records her career-best ranking in the new list, rising
two places to No7. England’s Tania Bailey has two reasons to celebrate
this month: The 22-year-old from Lincolnshire who reached the final of
the British Open in April returns to the top ten, at 10, for the first
time this year after fighting back from a knee injury. The former world
junior champion also moves to the top of the WISPA Under-23 World Rankings,
also published today.

While Malaysia’s double world junior
champion Nicol David returns to her career-equalling 16th place this month,
her junior rival Omneya Abdel Kawy, the 16-year-old from Egypt, registers
a career-best No18 in the new list.

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

… and North Americans in the top 90 (as of July 1 2002):

29 Latasha Khan USA
33 Shabana Khan USA
37 Marnie Baizley CAN
41 Melanie Jans CAN
44 Margo Green CAN
54 Dana Betts USA
57 Meredith Quick USA
68 Ivy Pochoda USA
77 Runa Reta CAN
83 Louise Lefebvre CAN
86 Tara Mullins CAN

 


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