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Fitz-Gerald, no
surprise,at #1; Rachel Grinham makes move to world #7.

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

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#1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald keeps
top spot for month 13 — The only suspense is whether she will
retire
(photo © 2002 Debra Tessier

Most
of the movement at the top of this month’s women’s professional squash
rankings was caused by the retirement of Leilani Rorani.

Whilst Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald
comfortably retains her No1 position in the new October Women’s World
Squash Rankings, announced today (30 September) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), her compatriot Rachael Grinham rises
two places to equal her career-best world No7 place.

Grinham, 25, from Toowoomba
in Queensland, has found a new vein of form since moving to Cairo in Egypt.
A surprise women’s singles bronze medallist in the non-ranking Commonwealth
Games in July – who then went on to claim bronze in the women’s doubles
– Grinham grabbed the Singapore Open title in August after victories over
two higher-ranked players.

Four weeks later in Hong Kong,
Rachael again upset two higher-seeded players to secure the Credit Suisse
Privilege Open title, beating England’s world No. 4 Natalie Pohrer in
the final to claim the tenth WISPA title of her career in 14 final appearances.

In the first world rankings
published since last week’s announcement of New Zealander Leilani Rorani’s
retirement, Carol Owens, Cassie Jackman, Natalie Pohrer, Linda Charman
and Vanessa Atkinson hold onto positions two to six, respectively.

In the lower half of the top
twenty list, Egypt’s 17-year-old Omneya Abdel
Kawy rises two places to a career-high No 16 following a semi-final berth
in the Credit Suisse Privilege Open, and England’s Jenny Tranfield returns
to the top twenty at 19.

Despite disappointing performances
in the non-ranking Pan Am Cup in Quito in August, American sisters Latasha
and Shabana Khan both moved up to retain honors as top-ranking Pan-Americans,
at 29th and 30th respectively.

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


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

29 Latasha Khan USA
30 Shabana Khan USA
36 Marnie Baizley CAN
39 Melanie Jans CAN
55 Margo Green CAN
57 Dana Betts USA
59 Meredith Quick USA
62 Samantha Teran MEX
66 Ivy Pochoda USA
75 Runa Reta CAN
81 Katie Patrick CAN
84 Louise Lefebvre CAN
89 Tara Mullins CAN
99 Caroline Russell CAN

 


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