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Carol Owens Loses
#1 Position to Natalie Pohrer as she Fails to Appear in 8 Events

London, June 2, 2003 by Howard Harding
© 2003, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2003

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#1 Natalie Pohrer (r) and
# 3 Rachel Grinham (photo © 2003 Debra Tessier

In an
unexpected development in the new June Women’s World Squash Rankings,
announced today (02 June) by the Women’s International Squash Players’
Association (WISPA), USA’s Natalie Pohrer has replaced New Zealand’s Carol
Owens as world No1 to head the list for the first time in her career.

Although
Owens has dominated in the initial months this year she has only played
six ranking events in the last twelve months. But Pohrer beat Owens in
the World Open semi-finals in November – and over the course of the twelve-month
ranking period, the American reached seven Tour finals, winning two.

"Although Carol is playing well this year, she has
lost pole position to
Natalie Pohrer for a combination of reasons," commented WISPA Director
Andrew Shelley. "Firstly, all the players try to ensure they play
eight plus events as anything less than eight sees the points earned divided
by eight. Carol has played six, including one in February which was a
medium points level event. Added to that, she went out to Pohrer in the
semis of the World Open in Qatar, our biggest points-earning event of
the year."

Owen
is well positioned to regain the #1 position next month as she will add
to her event tally with appearances in this month’s Heliopolis Open and
Hurghada International, while Pohrer has been forced to withdraw from
both Egyptian events as a result of a flu virus.

Several further career-best achievements are featured
in the June list:
Australia’s Rachael Grinham rises one place to a best-ever No3 – and immediately
endorsed her new status by registering a first-time win over England’s
Linda Charman, whom she succeeded, in the Heliopolis semi-finals in Cairo.

England’s
Jenny Tranfield also continues her upward progress by moving to a best-ever
No9, becoming the fourth-placed Englishwoman for the first time – behind
No4 Charman, No6 Tania Bailey and No7 Rebecca Macree.

Egypt’s
17-year-old Omneya Abdel Kawy rises to an all-time high No12 while France’s
Isabelle Stoehr, winner of both the Carcassone Open and Brest Open in
her home country last month, leaps to a best-ever No15.

In addition
to Hong Kong’s Asian Games champion Rebecca Chiu’s rise to a career-high
No18, Malaysia’s Sharon Wee celebrates her top twenty debut at 20.

1 [2] Natalie Pohrer USA
2 [1] Carol Owens NZL
3 [4] Rachael Grinham AUS
4 [3] Linda Charman ENG
5 [6] Vanessa Atkinson NED
6 [5] Tania Bailey ENG
7 [7] Rebecca Macree ENG
8 [8] Natalie Grinham AUS
9 [10] Jenny Tranfield ENG
10 [11] Fiona Geaves ENG
11 [9] Cassie Jackman ENG
12 [13] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
13 [12] Stephanie Brind ENG
14 [14] Vicky Botwright ENG
15 [18] Isabelle Stoehr FRA
16 [17] Shelley Kitchen NZL
17 [15] Pamela Nimmo SCO
18 [20] Rebecca Chiu HKG
19 [19] Madeline Perry IRL
20 [23] Sharon Wee MAS

OTHER
AMERICAS PLAYERS IN THE TOP 100:

22
[22] Latasha Khan USA
30 [28] Shabana Khan USA
42 [43] Samantha Teran MEX
43 [49] Meredeth Quick USA
46 [50] Melanie Jans CAN
59 [63] Julia Beaver USA
61 [87] Marnie Baizley CAN
65 [62] Dana Betts USA
67 [76] Runa Reta CAN
68 [72] Carlin Wing USA
73 [80] Katie Patrick CAN
87 [99] Tara Mullins CAN
89 [100] Louise Lefebvre CAN
90 [116] Carolyn Russell CAN

96 [94] Hope Prockop USA

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