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Joyce, Owens, Fitz-Gerald
Hold onto 1, 2, 3;
despite Fitz-Gerald’s dominance

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London, June l 1 2001 WISPA. by Howard
Harding
FITZ-GERALD CLOSES IN ON ANTIPODEAN COMPATRIOTS Australia’s Sarah
Fitz-Gerald, unbeaten on the WISPA World Tour this year, has closed the
gap above her in the new June women’s world rankings, announced today
(1st June) by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA)
– but still remains at No3, behind New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce at No1
and fellow-Australian Carol Owens at No2.

The three-times former world champion
from Melbourne, back to spectacular form after knee surgery, has picked
up seven successive WISPA titles since her last defeat on the tour, to
compatriot Owens in the World Open last November. The 32-year-old’s title
haul in May included the Seattle Open and the WISPA International Challenge
in San Francisco.

Top seed Leilani Joyce, the defending
champion, and Carol Owens, the world champion, are seeded to meet in the
final of next week’s British Open in Birmingham – where 3rd seed Fitz-Gerald
is in the top half of the draw and expected to meet Joyce in the semi-finals.

Another Australian Rachael Grinham
rises a further place to a career-high world No7, following quarter-final
success in the Seattle Open. England’s Jenny Tranfield also rises to a
career-best world ranking of 14 after triumphing in the Richmond Open
in Canada where she toppled top seed Vanessa Atkinson, the world No11,
in the final.

Malaysia’s world junior champion
Nicol David is on the verge of becoming the youngest player ever to make
the WISPA world top twenty. The 17-year-old from Penang rises ten places
to a best-ever world No21 following quarter-final berths in May in the
Las Vegas Open and San Francisco Challenge.

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 [8] Rachael Grinham AUS
8 [7] Suzanne Horner ENG
9 [10] Fiona Geaves ENG
10 [9] Stephanie Brind ENG
11 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [13] Rebecca Macree ENG
13 [14] Sabine Schoene GER
14 [16] Jenny Tranfield ENG
15 [12] Cassie Campion ENG
16 [17] Pamela Nimmo SCO
17 [15] Sue Wright ENG
18 [18] Vicky Botwright ENG
19 [19] Natalie Grinham AUS
20 [20] Ellen Petersen DEN

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