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London, Sept 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

Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald celebrates
an uninterrupted year as world No1 in the new September Women’s World
Squash Rankings, announced today (3 September) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

The four-times world champion from
Melbourne tops the seedings at this month’s French Open in her first WISPA
World Tour event since claiming the Commonwealth Games gold medal in England
last month.

Fitz-Gerald, who first topped the
world rankings in November 1996, has dominated the women’s game since
recovering from two knee operations. Since re-claiming the world No1 position
in October last year, the Australian has seen her WISPA title haul exceed
the 57 won by her great Australian rival Michelle Martin, and has now
won 54 successive matches without defeat.

New Zealand’s Carol Owens, Commonwealth
Games silver medallist, has strengthened her position as world No2 since
winning last week’s Head Malaysian Open. While England’s Cassie Jackman
holds onto the No3 slot, US-based compatriot Natalie Pohrer rises to a
career-high-equalling world No4.

Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson celebrates
a career-high No6 ranking in the new list after reaching the semi-finals
of both the Singapore and Malaysian Opens last month. Former South African
Annelize Naude, the Amsterdam-based world No22, becomes the Netherlands’
second highest world ranked player after switching nationalities in August.

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

… and other players from the Americas in the top 100 (as of Set 1 02):

31 Latasha Khan USA
32 Shabana Khan USA
35 Marnie Baizley CAN
39 Melanie Jans CAN
54 Margo Green CAN
57 Dana Betts USA
59 Meredith Quick USA
62 Samantha Teran MEX
66 Ivy Pochoda USA
75 Runa Reta CAN
77 Katie Patrick CAN
82 Louise Lefebvre CAN
85 Tara Mullins CAN
96 Caroline Russell CAN

 


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