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Malaysian Nicol
David Reaches World Top Ten

London, December 23, 2003 by Howard
Harding © 2003, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk ©
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Cassie Jackman (rear) now
at # 3, Jenny Duncalf (front) drops back to #15

USA’s Natalie Grainger
reclaims world #2

New Zealand’s Carol Owens,
winner of her second World Open title earlier this month, strengthens
her position as No1 in the new January 2004 Women’s World Squash Rankings,
announced today (23 December) by the Women’s International Squash Players’
Association (WISPA).

After a disappointing semi-final
exit in the British Open in October, 32-year-old Owens stormed back to
reach the finals of the US Open, the Qatar Classic and the Credit Suisse
Privilege Women’s World Open in Hong Kong and celebrated her 50th appearance
in a WISPA final with a four-game victory over England’s Cassie Jackman.

Jackman, a former world champion,
slips to three in the new list while USA’s Natalie Grainger returns to
the No2 position after winning the Qatar Classic in Doha.

Malaysia is represented in
the world top ten for the first time after the meteoric leap by twice
former world junior champion Nicol David. Ranked outside the top fifty
in June after a layoff last year, David rapidly reasserted herself on
the WISPA Tour in the second half of the year. After reaching the finals
of both the Malaysian Open and Monte Carlo Classic unseeded, 20-year-old
David went on to beat three seeds – including second seed Natalie Grainger
– to achieve a semi-final berth in the World Open.

Seven-times Dutch champion
Vanessa Atkinson also begins the New Year on a high note, rising to a
career-high-equalling No5 after reaching the last four of the World Open
against the seeding.

France’s Isabelle Stoehr continues
her climb up the world list, jumping six places to register a career-best
14 ranking after successful runs in both the Qatar Classic and World Open.


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

Other Americas Players
in the top 100:

22 [21] Latasha Khan
USA
38 [35] Shabana Khan USA
40 [37] Meredith Quick USA
42 [39] Samantha Teran MEX
44 [43] Melanie Jans CAN
51 [60] Runa Reta CAN
64 [64] Julia Beaver USA
67 [65] Marnie Baizley CAN
71 [–] Kyla Grigg CAN
77 [71] Carlin Wing USA
86 [129] Lauren Polonich CAN
88 [83] Alana Miller CAN
90 [86]Carolyn Russell CAN
100 [99] Hope Prockop USA
100 [99] Dana Betts USA

 


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