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Rachael Grinham
– Now Number One!

London, Aug 2, 2004 by Howard Harding
© 2004, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2004


  
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Vanessa Atkinson
Beats Grinham in Brunei – But Still #3

Today’s (Monday)
publication of the new August Women’s World Squash Rankings, produced
by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), gives
the World #1 position to a new player, namely Egyptian-based, Australia’s
Rachael Grinham. She succeeds England’s Cassie Jackman as world No1. Grinhams
ascendancy brings the Women’s number one position back to Australia, whose
players have held the position for long stretches of time, in the names
of Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Michelle Martin, and Heather McKay.

Rachael
Grinham (right) new #1 took the crown from Cassie Jackman (left) Photo
© 2004 Debra Tessier

Grinham’s first-time achievement as the world’s top woman
squash player was clinched when the 27-year-old from Queensland reached
last week’s final of the Brunei International after beating her younger
sister Natalie in the semi-finals.

"Am I definitely
number one now, can I tell my friends for sure?" asked Cairo-based
Rachael when she came off court after the Brunei battle with Natalie –
to become the next Australian to top the women’s list since the retirement
of five-times world champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald in February 2003.

However, Grinham
immediately lost to Holland’s Vanessa Atkinson in the Brunei finals, showing
Atkinson’s threat to achieve the top position.

Despite pulling
out of the WISPA Gold event with an Achilles injury, England’s Jackman
retains her place within the top two – ahead of the eventual Brunei International
champion Vanessa Atkinson. Seeded below Grinham, world No3 Atkinson upset
the new world No1 in a dramatic five-game final in the Brunei capital
Bandar Seri Begawan – and, after claiming her fifth WISPA title of the
year, is moving closer to the world’s top two.

In an otherwise
relatively unchanged list, England’s Linda Elriani overtakes compatriot
Fiona Geaves to rise to six, while Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy moves up
two places to a career-high-equalling tenth place.

JAPAN’S
NISHIO MAKES MOVE

Meanwhile, Japan’s Mami Nishio has made a big move upward in the ranks.
She moves this month from 93 to 64 and leads a group of three Japanese
who are now in the top 100, with Kozue Onizawa at 85 and Chinatsu Matsui
at 87.


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

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100 AS OF AUG 1 2004:

21 [21] Latasha
Khan USA
33 [35] Runa Reta CAN
49 [48] Alana Miller CAN
51 [50] Katie Patrick CAN
55 [53] Melaine Jans CAN
56 [57] Shabana Khan USA
57 [58] Meredith Quick USA
59 [60] Marnie Baizley CAN
62 [61] Tara Mullins CAN
77 [74] Carlin Wing USA
81 [78] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
80 [79] Lauren Polonich CAN
94 [107] Lily Lorentzen USA
97 [93] Ivy Pochoda USA
100 [95] Louisa Hall USA
104 [99] Kyla Grigg CAN
106 [101] Carolyn Russell CAN

[complete
rankings for August]


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