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In a Bizarre Rankings
Twist, Joyce, Owens hold onto 1, 2, despite Fitz-Gerald’s complete dominance

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Concord MA, July 1, 2001 by Ron Beck
© 2001


KITCHEN MAKES TOP 20 APPEARANCE
Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald, unbeaten on the WISPA World Tour this
year, and winner of the British Open as well as having beaten along the
way each of her main rivals, has failed to closed the gap with Leilani
Joyce (1st) and Carol Owens (2nd) in the new July women’s world rankings,
announced today (1st July) by the Women’s International Squash Players’
Association (WISPA) and still remains at No3.

The three-times former world champion
from Melbourne, who returned late last year from injury, has played every
available WISPA stop — winning all of them. In contrast, Joyce and Owens
have picked their spots, only appearing at the highest money events. Fitz-Gerald’s
willingness to play and accessibility has apparently hurt her with the
rankings algorithm that, at the highest level, actually penalizes Fitz-Gerald
for winning a lower money event.

Meanwhile, Shelley Kitchen, a rising
pro from Australia, has made steady progress and has rode her wins in
two recent events, Singapore, and Malaysia, to attain the top twenty.

Latasha Khan, the Americas’ highest
ranking player, gained ground this month to move back into the top 30
at #27.
Melanie Jans (37), Shabana
Khan (38) and Margo Green (39) also made respectable showings for North
America. Malaysia’s phenom, Nicol David lost ground to 25th this month.

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 [9] Fiona Geaves ENG
8 [8] Suzanne Horner ENG
9 [8] Rachael Grinham AUS
10 [9] Stephanie Brind ENG
11 [12] Rebecca Macree ENG
12 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED
13 [15] Cassie Campion ENG
14 [14] Jenny Tranfield ENG
15 [13] Sabine Schoene GER
16 [16] Pamela Nimmo SCO
17 [19] Natalie Grinham AUS
18 [17] Sue Wright ENG
19 [18] Vicky Botwright ENG
20 [22] Shelley Kitchen NZL

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