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Joyce, Owens, Fitz-Gerald
Hold onto 1, 2, 3;
WISPA Grand Prix Final a Non-Ranking Event

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London, Mayl 1 2001 WISPA. by Howard
Harding
JOYCE STILL WORLD No1AFTER LOSING TO FITZ-GERALD
New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce holds onto her world No1 position in the new May
women’s world rankings, announced today (30th April) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

The 27-year-old British Open champion
from Hamilton maintains her lead over Australians Carol Owens and Sarah Fitz-Gerald,
the numbers two and three, respectively, in a relatively-unchanged list. This
follows a month in which the leading players were only involved in a non-ranking
tournament – the WISPA World Grand Prix Finals in Egypt, where Fitz-Gerald
beat both Owens and Joyce to secure the title for the first time.

WISPA’s flourishing North American circuit
features four events in May, climaxing with the $36,000 Seattle Open, from
17-20 May, in which all the world’s leading players will be competing.

Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the tour’s hottest
player in the past six months, is playing San Francisco and Seattle. In a
bid to reclaim the No1 position she relinquished to Leilani Joyce after undergoing
surgery on her back, England’s Cassie Campion will be playing in all three
US events – beginning by defending her Bright Lights Las Vegas Open title
from 03-06 May; then the San Francisco International from 09-12 May; and finally
the Seattle Open. The former world champion made a successful comeback in
Malaysia this month (April) – winning the Milo Open in Kuala Lumpur.

1 [1] Leilani Joyce NZL
2 [2] Carol Owens AUS
3 [3] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
4 [4] Linda Charman-Smith ENG
5 [5] Natalie Grainger ENG
6 [6] Tania Bailey ENG
7 [7] Suzanne Horner ENG
8 [8] Rachael Grinham AUS
9[10] Stephanie Brind ENG
10 [9] Fiona Geaves ENG
11 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [12] Cassie Campion ENG
13 [13] Rebecca Macree ENG
14 [14] Sabine Schoene GER
15 [15] Sue Wright ENG
16 [17] Pamela Nimmo SCO
17 [16] Jenny Tranfield ENG
18 [19] Vicky Botwright ENG
19 [18] Natalie Grinham AUS
20 [20] Ellen Petersen DEN

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