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Vanessa Atkinson
Gets Second Trip to #1

London, Apr 4, 2006 by Howard harding
© 2006, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2006

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Madeline
Perry of Northern Ireland Achieves #6

Nicol David
Vanessa
Atkinson Supplants Nicol David at #1
– . © 2006
Stocktonphoto Inc.

An
emphatically dominants run of three titles from three events
played so far this year has taken Vanessa Atkinson back
to the top of the new April Women’s World Squash
Rankings
, issued today (Tuesday) by the Women’s
International
Squash
Players’ Association
(WISPA)
.

The
30-year-old Dutch star first clinched the top sport in December – then
immediately lost it to Nicol
David
in January after the Malaysian won the World
Open
at the end of the year.

But
title successes since February in the Apawamis
Open
in the USA, the KL Open in Malaysia
and the Tournament of Champions in New York – including
two strongfinal victories (at Apawamis and KL) over David and
the milestone of her 20th WISPA title – have brought Atkinson
back to the top of the pile after a three-month gap. 

Nicol David slips to No2, while Australian sisters Rachael
Grinham
and Natalie Grinham remain
at three and four, respectively; and England’s Vicky
Botwright
holds onto fifth place.

Victory in last week’s Cannon Kirk Homes
Irish Open
, coupled with successes beyond her seeding
in this year’s Apawamis Open, KL Open and Tournament of Champions,
take Ireland’s Madeline
Perry
to a career-high No6 in the new list – a
jump of three places.

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

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

22 [22] Latasha
Khan USA
28 [25] Samantha Teran MEX
31 [31] Runa Reta CAN
38 [39] Melaine Jans Burke CAN
40 [40] Alana Miller CAN
45 [44] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
50 [51] Katie Patrick CAN

59 [65] Tara Mullins CAN
64 [76] Caroline Russell CAN
75 [69] Meredith Quick USA
79 [77] Lily Lorentzen USA

76 [70] Louisa Hall USA

80 [87] Amanda Siebert USA
81 [88] Britt Hebden USA
82 [83] Karina Herrera Zuniga MEX

[complete
rankings for Apr ’06
]




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