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>Rankings section > WISPA Mar 1 2001 Rankings

New Zealander Joyce Holds onto
#1; Aussies Owens & Fitz-Gerald stay at #2 and 3
Natalie Grinham, Ellen Petersen photos © 2001 Ron Beck

London, March 1 2001 WISPA.
GRINHAMS CONTINUE RANKINGS RISE
Whilst New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce maintains her grip on the No1 position
in new March world rankings, announced today (1st March) by the Women’s
International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA),
Australia’s Grinham sisters continue their ranking rise to register career-best
positions for the second successive month.

Rachael Grinham, 24, from Sunnybank
in Queensland, rises two places to No8 after winning the Kuala Lumpur
Open title in Malaysia in February. Natalie Grinham, 22, also moves up
two slots to 18 – but would surely have expected greater progress had
she not been forced to concede the Kuala Lumpur final to her older sister
after sustaining a wrist injury when 2-0 up.

World No1 Leilani Joyce, the British
Open champion, was feted in her home country last month when she won the
‘New Zealand Sports
Woman of the Year’ award for the first time. Australia’s Carol Owens,
the World Open champion, retains her No2 position behind Joyce, whilst
fellow Australian Sarah Fitz-Gerald stays at No3.

Denmark’s Ellen
Petersen
makes her top twenty debut in the new WISPA list, moving
up four places to No20 after clinching the Sonderborg Danish Open title
last month. Two players claim career-best rankings in the March list:
South Africa’s Annelize Naude rises to 28 after reaching the quarter-finals
of the Kuala Lumpur Open, whilst Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy, just 15 years
old, moves up to 22 after beating Naude to secure a place in the KL semi-finals.

1 [1] Leilani Joyce NZL
2 [2] Carol Owens AUS
3 [3] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
4 [4] Linda Charman ENG
5 [5] Natalie Grainger ENG
6 [6] Tania Bailey ENG
7 [7] Suzanne Horner ENG
8 [10] Rachael Grinham AUS
9 [8] Fiona Geaves ENG
10 [9] Stephanie Brind ENG
11 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [12] Cassie Campion ENG
13 [13] Rebecca Macree ENG
14 [14] Sabine Schoene GER
15 [15] Sue Wright ENG
16 [16] Jenny Tranfield ENG
17 [17] Pamela Nimmo SCO
18 [20] Natalie Grinham AUS
19 [18] Vicky Botwright ENG
20 [24] Ellen Petersen DEN

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