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US Champ Latasha
Moves into the top 20

London, March 31, 2004 by Howard Harding
© 2004, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2004


  
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Cassie Jackman (rear) retains
# 1, Jenny Duncalf (front) up again to #12.

Minimal Changes
in Top 20

Jackman Strengthens Hold On World No1 Ranking

England’s Cassie Jackman strengthens her grasp on the
No1 position in the new April Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced
today (31 March) by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association
(WISPA), by extending her lead over Australia’s second-placed Rachael
Grinham.

The top five
positions remain unchanged, with Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson retaining
her third place, ahead of Rachael’s younger sister Natalie Grinham at
five and USA’s Natalie Grainger at four. Four of the top five lead the
field in the Texas
Open in Houston
where the third WISPA Gold event of the year gets
underway on Thursday.

Boosted by her victory in the Washington Summit at the
beginning of March, England’s Linda Charman rises to six in the new list,
overtaking compatriot Fiona Geaves who slips to seven.

While England’s Jenny Duncalf returns to her career-high
No12 position, Ireland’s Madeline Perry also rises a single place in the
new list to record a career-best world No16 ranking.

After a gap
of more than three years, USA’s Latasha Khan returns to the top twenty
at 20. The 31-year-old was a quarter-finalist in the Washington Summit
– then two weeks later clinched her fourth title in the US National Championships
on her home courts in Seattle. Meanwhile, Meredeth Quick, moving up to
#53, surpassed Shabana Khan, who dropped 19 places to #58, as the second
ranking American on the world tour.

Twin title success in New Zealand this month – in the
North Shore International and Geyser City Open – has lifted Wellington’s
Tamsyn Leevey three places to a best-ever world No30 position in the April
list.

1 [1] Cassie
Jackman ENG
2 [2] Rachael Grinham AUS
3 [3] Vanessa Atkinson NED
4 [4] Natalie Grainger USA
5 [5] Natalie Grinham AUS
6 [7] Linda Charman ENG
7 [6] Fiona Geaves ENG
8 [8] Nicol David MAS
9 [9] Rebecca Macree ENG
10 [10] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
11 [11] Vicky Botwright ENG
12 [13] Jenny Duncalf ENG
13 [12] Isabelle Stoehr FRA
14 [14] Shelley Kitchen NZL
15 [15] Stephanie Brind ENG
16 [17] Madeline Perry IRL
17 [18] Jenny Tranfield ENG
18 [16] Tania Bailey ENG
19 [19] Rebecca Chiu HKG
20 [21] Latasha Khan USA

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100:

34 [41] Runa
Reta CAN
48 [61] Marnie Baizley CAN
49 [63] Alana Miller CAN
51 [50] Melaine Jans CAN
53 [59] Meredith Quick USA
56 [56] Katie Patrick CAN
58 [39] Shabana Khan USA
65 [73] Carlin Wing USA
74 [96 ] Tara Mullins CAN
79 [82] Lauren Polonich CAN
85 [88] Carolyn Russell CAN
91 [109] Louisa Hall USA
100 [111] Ivy Pochoda USA


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