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Nicol David #1,
Madeline Perry in Top Ten

London, Feb 1, 2006 by Howard harding
© 2005, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2006

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Nicol
David From Malaysia is World #1

Nicol David
Nicol
David, the world open champ, takes over at world #1 – Malaysia’s
first world #1 in any sport. © 2005
Debra Tessier

Nicol
David Holds Onto No1 Ranking – But
Perry Powers Into Top Ten

Malaysia’s Nicol
David
holds onto her No1 position in the new February Women’s
World Squash Rankings
, issued today (Wednesday) by the Women’s
International
Squash
Players’ Association
(WISPA)
,
but Ireland’s Madeline
Perry
powers into the world top ten for the first time.
 

David,
the 22-year-old from Penang who topped the list for the first time
in January, heads an unchanged top seven, with Netherlands’ Vanessa
Atkinson
at two; Australian
sisters Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grinham at
three and four, respectively; and England team-mates Vicky
Botwright
and Linda Elriani in fifth and
sixth place.   USA’s Natalie
Grainger
remains at No7.

David,
at 1949.2 points, enjoys only a slight edge over #2 Vanessa Atkinson,
who is at 1820.5, while Rachael Grinham has fallen back substantially,
at 1656.7 points. A victory or two by Atkinson, beginning this
weekend at Apawamis
, could change the balance again.

Madeline Perry enjoyed a highly successful year
in 2005, winning two WISPA World Tour titles, the Buler
Challenge Cup
in Hong Kong in
February and the Irish Open in Dublin in
April.  In November, the 28-year-old from Craigavon reached
the Monte Carlo Classic final as the fourth seed,
and followed this success by making it through to the last eight
of the World Open in Hong
Kong, where she was the tenth seed.

Perry
becomes the second highest-ranked Irishwoman ever, behind Rebecca
Best
who reached No. 6 in July 1988.

England’s Jenny Duncalf moves
up two places to a career-equalling-high world No8, while compatriot Laura-Jane
Lengthorn
rises two places to a best-ever world No13 ranking.  The
22-year-old from Lancashire was
an unexpected semi-finalist in the first WISPA event
she played in this year, the Greenwich Open in Connecticut. 

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

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

21 [21] Latasha
Khan USA
26 [28] Samantha Teran MEX
32 [32] Runa Reta CAN
40 [39] Melaine Jans Burke CAN
46 [42] Alana Miller CAN
47 [47] Katie Patrick CAN
45 [48] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
68 [57] Tara Mullins CAN
67 [58] Meredith Quick USA
72 [63] Lily Lorentzen USA

76 [70] Louisa Hall USA
77 [82] Caroline Russell CAN

84 [95] Britt Hebden USA
102 [101] Leona Grigg CAN

[complete
rankings for Feb ’05]


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