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Nicol David Charges
into #3 Spot

London, June 4, 2004 by Ron Beck ©
2005, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2004


  
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Nicol
David(R) charges into #3 position while Shelley Kitchen remains at
#13 … © 2005 Alex Wan

In
a relatively inactive month on the WISPA calendar and on the ranking front,
Nicol David made a historic move into the #3 world ranking position, coinciding
with her inspiring victory over Vanessa Atkinson and Linda Elriani to
claim the Dutch Open Title last week.

This
has been very big news in the Malaysian sporting world, as the local press
are claiming that Nicol David’s rise brings her to the best position held
on the world stage by any Malaysian athlete ever.

While
Australia’s Rachael Grinham retains her status as world number one in
the new June Women’s World Squash Rankings, published today (03 May) by
the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), Nicol David
rises to a career-high No3 to become the highest-ranked Malaysian squash
player of all-time.

David
has grabbed the world’s headlines since emerging as a junior in 1996,
when she won the first of two British Junior U14 Open titles. Now based
in the Netherlands, the 21-year-old from Penang went on to become the
only woman to win two world junior titles, then continued her record-breaking
career on the WISPA World Tour in March when she claimed the Kuwait Open
crown, her fifth and biggest professional title.

Nicol
David has overtaken Australia’s Natalie Grinham, now at four in the new
list, and is behind second-placed Vanessa Atkinson – the world champion
from the Netherlands whom she is expected to meet in this weekend’s Dutch
Open semi-finals.

Egypt’s
Omneya Abdel Kawy moves up to eight, her highest position for four months,
while England’s Tania Bailey also rises one position to mark her return
to the top ten after a nineteen-month absence.

Two
other Englishwomen are also upwardly-mobile: Londoner Alison Waters, boosted
by an unexpected appearance in the semi-finals of last month’s Hurghada
International in Egypt, moves up to a career-best 17; while Laura-Jane
Lengthorn returns to the top twenty at 19.


1 [1] Rachael Grinham AUS
2 [2] Vanessa Atkinson NED
3 [4] Nicol David MAS
4 [3] Natalie Grinham AUS
5 [5] Natalie Grainger USA
6 [6] Linda Elriani ENG
7 [7] Vicky Botwright ENG
8 [10] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
9 [9] Jenny Duncalf ENG
10 [11] Tania Bailey ENG
11 [8] Jenny Tranfield ENG
12 [12] Madeline Perry IRL
13 [13] Shelley Kitchen NZL
14 [14] Annelize Naude NED
15 [16] Isabelle Stoehr FRA
16 [15] Fiona Geaves ENG
17 [18] Alison Waters ENG
18 [17] Rebecca Chiu HKG
19 [21] Laura-Jane Lengthorn ENG
20 [20] Pamela Nimmo SCO

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100 AS OF JUNE 1 2005:

25 [23] Latasha
Khan USA
32 [32] Runa Reta CAN
33 [33] Samantha Teran MEX
38 [42] Melaine Jans Burke CAN
39 [39] Katie Patrick CAN
42 [40] Alana Miller CAN
53 [50] Marnie Baizley CAN
58 [58] Lily Lorentzen USA
59 [59] Tara Mullins CAN
62 [61] Shabana Khan USA
66 [63] Louisa Hall USA
68 [62] Meredith Quick USA
63 [64] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
86 [86] Ashley Clackson CAN
99 [105] Britt Hebden USA
108 [104] Carlin Wing USA
106 [121] Seanna Keating CAN
110 [112] Michelle Quibell USA
124 [116] Ivy Pochoda USA

[complete
rankings for June ’05]




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