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Vanessa Atkinson
#1, Natalie Grinham #3.

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

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Nicol David
Vanessa
Atkinson holds on to #1
for third month . © 2006
Stocktonphoto Inc.

Natalie Overtakes Sister Rachael In New
World Rankings
 

While Vanessa Atkinson holds
onto her position at the top of the new June Women’s
World Squash Rankings
, issued by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA)
, a rise to third place
by Australia’s Natalie Grinham takes the 28-year-old
from Queensland narrowly ahead of her older sister Rachael
Grinham
for the first time in her career! 

Natalie
Grinham, who has only beaten her former world number one-ranked
sister once in a ranking event, has enjoyed a highly successful
2006 – including
marriage to Dutch squash international Tommy Berden followed by a record
three gold medal tally at the Commonwealth Games in
Melbourne.  Though her singles gold came at the expense of
a rare victory over Rachael in the final, this triumph did not
influence the latest WISPA rankings. 

It
is the younger Grinham’s consistency on the WISPA World Tour
over the past eight months that has seen Natalie’s status rise – including
semi-final berths in six successive events including final appearances
in the British Open and Carol
Weymuller Open
last October and title success in the US
Open
in November. 

Atkinson,
the 30-year-old from the Netherlands, celebrates her third successive
month as world number one, ahead – by
a narrow margin – of Malaysia’s World Open champion Nicol
David
at No2. 

In a relatively unchanged top twenty list, Egypt’s Engy
Kheirallah
moves up one place to a career-high world
No16.  The 24-year-old from Alexandria has won three WISPA
titles over the past year, including the Atlanta Masters and Salt
Lake City Open
in the USA and the Alexandria
Sporting Club Open
at her home club.

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

 

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100 AS OF JUNE 1 2006:

22 [22] Latasha
Khan USA
29 [28] Samantha Teran MEX
32 [33] Runa Reta CAN
40 [41] Alana Miller CAN
44 [39] Melaine Jans Burke CAN

43 [45] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
52 [52] Katie Patrick CAN

56 [54] Tara Mullins CAN
50 [61] Caroline Russell CAN
69 [70] Meredith Quick USA

72 [74] Amanda Siebert USA
74 [76] Lily Lorentzen USA
75 [79] Britt Hebden USA
76 [80] Karina Herrera Zuniga MEX
92 [114] Marnie Baizley CAN
93 [93] Leona Grigg CAN

[complete
rankings for June ’06]




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