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Natalie and Rachael
Grinhams First Sisters to Share Top Ten Squash Rankings

London, Feb 1, 2003 by Howard Harding
© 2003, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2003

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#1 Sarah Fitz-Gerald keeps
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(photo © 2002 Debra Tessier

Grinhams Celebrate Highest World
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Reigning
World champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald maintains her place at the top of the
new February Women’s World Squash Rankings, through inactivity. Meanwhile,
the rankings announced today (04 February) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), showed her Australian compatriots
Rachael and Natalie Grinham to both rise to career-high positions to become
the first sisters to celebrate world top ten squash rankings.

Since
moving to Cairo in Egypt last year, Queenslander Rachael has enjoyed a
significant boost to her career – and rises three places to a best-ever
No5 in the new list. After making an unexpected quarter-final exit to
Egyptian training partner Omneya Abdel Kawy in last month’s Greenwich
Open in the USA, the 26-year-old won the Vassar
College Open title in Poughkeepsie, New York
last weekend.

Younger
sister Natalie, based in the Netherlands, celebrated her maiden WISPA
World Tour title winning the Marsh & McLennan Apawamis Open in New
York after dismissing two higher-seeded players. Just six days later,
the 24-year-old stormed to victory in the Forbes Southport Open in Connecticut
– and now enjoys world top ten status for the first time at No 10.

Sarah
Fitz-Gerald heads an unchanged top four list – with New Zealander Carol
Owens at 2; Natalie Pohrer of the USA at No3; and England’s Linda Charman
at No4.

England’s
Vicky Botwright moves up one place to No17 in the new list after making
her first WISPA final appearances in January. The 25-year-old from Manchester
was runner-up to Natalie Grinham in the Southport Open, then lost to Rachael
at Vassar College last week after overcoming two higher-ranked players
to reach the final.

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

AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN THE TOP 100:

24
[26] Latasha Khan USA
30 [30] Shabana Khan USA
42 [54] Samantha Teran MEX
48 [57] Meredeth Quick USA
49 [59] Melanie Jans CAN
61 [49] Marnie Baizley CAN
63 [61] Dana Betts USA
68 [69] Runa Reta CAN
70 [67] Ivy Pochoda USA
77 [102] Julia Beaver USA
79 [87] Tara Mullins CAN
81 [95] Carlin Wing USA
89 [82] Katie Patrick CAN
98 [81] Louise Lefebvre CAN

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