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Carol Owens Takes
over #1 Position with Fitz-Gerald’s Pro Tour Retirement

London, Mar 3, 2003 by Howard Harding
© 2003, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2003

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#1 Carol Owens puts New
Zealand Squash back into the forefront.
(photo © 2003 Debra Tessier

New Zealand’s
Carol Owens celebrates her victory in last week’s Arader & O’Rourke
Tournament of Champions in New York by taking over the No1 position in
the new March Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced today (03 March)
by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Owens, the 31-year-old
former Australian now based in Auckland, had to fight back from 2-0 down
to overcome USA’s Natalie Pohrer in the final at Grand Central Station
to claim unequivocally the world No1 title vacated by Australia’s Sarah
Fitz-Gerald on the announcement last month of her Tour retirement.

Owens has enjoyed
an illustrious international career in which she has
competed in more than 120 WISPA events since 1990. Winner of the World
Open title in November 2000, Owens claimed her 22nd WISPA title last week
in her 44th final.

Natalie Pohrer
moves up to a career-high No2 in the new list, ahead of former English
compatriots Linda Charman, at No3, and Tania Bailey, who rises three places
to a best-ever No4.

England’s Cassie
Jackman, a semi-finalist in the Tournament of Champions in her first major
event since undergoing back surgery last September, also moves up the
list to No6 – while another Englishwoman Rebecca Macree registers a career-high
No8 ranking in the March list, as does Australia’s Natalie Grinham at
No9.

England’s Jenny
Tranfield, the Sports Psychology PhD who was the only
unseeded player to reach the Tournament of Champions’ quarter-finals,
is rewarded with a career-high world No11 ranking – seven positions higher
than the Netherlands’ Annelize Naude who boasts a best-ever No18 position.

France will
be represented in the world top twenty for the first time
following the three-place leap by 23-year-old Isabelle Stoehr to a
career-high No19 position.

1 [2] Carol Owens NZL
2 [3] Natalie Pohrer USA
3 [4] Linda Charman ENG
4 [7] Tania Bailey ENG
5 [5] Rachael Grinham AUS
6 [8] Cassie Jackman ENG
7 [6] Vanessa Atkinson NED
8 [9] Rebecca Macree ENG
9 [10] Natalie Grinham AUS
10 [11] Fiona Geaves ENG
11 [13] Jenny Tranfield ENG
12 [12] Stephanie Brind ENG
13 [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
14 [16] Pamela Nimmo SCO
15 [17] Vicky Botwright ENG
16 [15] Suzanne Horner ENG
17 [18] Shelley Kitchen NZL
18 [20] Annelize Naude NED
19 [22] Isabelle Stoehr FRA
20 [19] Ellen Petersen DEN

AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN THE TOP 100:

25
[24] Latasha Khan USA
29 [30] Shabana Khan USA
42 [42] Samantha Teran MEX
46 [48] Meredeth Quick USA
53 [52] Melanie Jans CAN
60 [61] Marnie Baizley CAN
64 [63] Dana Betts USA
67 [68] Runa Reta CAN
70 [67] Ivy Pochoda USA
71 [77] Julia Beaver USA
80 [79] Tara Mullins CAN
83 [81] Carlin Wing USA
88 [89] Katie Patrick CAN
97 [98] Louise Lefebvre CAN
111      Hope Prockop USA

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