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Minimal Changes
in the World Top 20

London, May 1, 2004 by Howard Harding
© 2004, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2004


  
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  WOMEN’S NEWS

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

Rachael Grinham
Closes In On Jackman

Cassie Jackman retains her No1 position in the new May
Women’s World Squash Rankings, announced today (29 April) by the Women’s
International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), but Australia’s No2
Rachael Grinham has narrowed the gap behind the Englishwoman.

In an almost
unchanged top 20, Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson holds her third place, ahead
of USA’s Natalie Grainger at four and Rachael’s younger sister Natalie
Grinham at five. America’s Latasha Khan drops out of the world top 20
after reaching it last month; while Carla Khan reached a highest ever
world #21 ranking this month.

Jackman has been runner-up in her past four WISPA World
Tour ranking events, but claimed her first title for six months when she
lifted the World Grand Prix Finals trophy (a non-ranking event) last week.

Rachael Grinham,
however, boasts two significant victories over her English rival this
year – in the finals of the Kuwait Open and Texas Open – but failed to
make her anticipated rendezvous with Jackman in the non-ranking Grand
Prix Finals climax after losing to sister Natalie in the semi-finals.

Hong Kong’s Rebecca Chiu moves up one place to 18 in the
new list, while Scotland’s Pamela Nimmo celebrates a welcome return to
the top twenty, at 20, after a five-month absence.

This month also sees the issue of WISPA’s ‘Rising Stars’
ranking list for junior members of the Association: Egypt’s Omneya Abdel
Kawy, at 10 in the ‘senior’ list, tops the list by a massive margin, but
up to two in the quarterly list is her fast-rising compatriot Raneem El
Weleily. The 15-year-old from Alexandria caused a sensation in her home
country last week when she beat higher-ranked Sara Badr and Engy Kheirallah
to lift the National title for the first time.


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 [6] Linda Charman ENG
7 [7] 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 [12] Jenny Duncalf ENG
13 [13] Isabelle Stoehr FRA
14 [14] Shelley Kitchen NZL
15 [15] Stephanie Brind ENG
16 [16] Madeline Perry IRL
17 [17] Jenny Tranfield ENG
18 [19] Rebecca Chiu HKG
19 [18] Tania Bailey ENG
20 [21] Pamela Nimmo SCO
21 [23] Carla Khan PAK

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100:

22[20] Latasha
Khan USA
34 [34] Runa Reta CAN
50 [48] Marnie Baizley CAN
46 [49] Alana Miller CAN
51 [50] Melaine Jans CAN
52 [58] Shabana Khan USA
54 [56] Katie Patrick CAN
55 [53] Meredith Quick USA
62 [74 ] Tara Mullins CAN
66 [65] Carlin Wing USA
77 [79] Lauren Polonich CAN
84 [85] Carolyn Russell CAN
92 [91] Louisa Hall USA
97 [100] Ivy Pochoda USA


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