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Nicol David Succeeds
Vanessa Atkinson as #1

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

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Nicol David
Nicol
David moves to #1
on the strength of her Malaysian Open win. © 2006
Alex Wan.

Victories in both the Qatar Airways Challenge and CIMB
Malaysian Open
last month have taken Malaysia’s Nicol
David
back to number one in the new August Women’s
World Squash Rankings
, published today (Tuesday) by the Women’s
International
Squash
Players’ Association
(WISPA)
.

After winning seven WISPA World Tour titles
in 2005, crowning the year by securing the World Open title
for the first time, the 22-year-old from Penang became
world number one for the first time in January. 

Three months later, however, Vanessa Atkinson reclaimed
the title after two successive final wins over the Malaysian.  The
Dutch star lost her unbeaten record in 2006 at last week’s Malaysian
Open, and now slips to No2 behind David.

Australian sisters Rachael Grinham and Natalie
Grinham
stay at three and four, respectively, in the new
list – while English players Jenny Duncalf and Vicky
Botwright
hold onto fifth and sixth positions.

England’s Tania
Bailey
, who scored a notable straight games upset over
Atkinson en-route to a surprise appearance in the Malaysian Open
final, moves up to No7 – the 26-year-old from Lincolnshire’s
highest ranking for three years.

While the now-retired Linda Elriani slips
out of the top ten for the first time since January 1999, England
maintains its record of having four players in the world top ten:  Londoner Alison
Waters
rises to a career-high No10 after reaching the Malaysian
Open quarter-finals against the seedings.

Egypt’s Engy
Kheirallah
is also rewarded for a successful run – which
included a runners-up berth in April’s Texas Open and
qualification in the Malaysian Open – by a two-place jump
to a career-best No14.

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

 

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

23 [22] Latasha
Khan USA
36 [32] Samantha Teran MEX
34 [34] Runa Reta CAN
37 [38] Nicolette Fernandes GUY
43 [42] Alana Miller CAN
45 [50] Caroline Russell CAN
51 [45] Melaine Jans Burke CAN

55 [56] Katie Patrick CAN

57 [58] Tara Mullins CAN
76 [76] Meredith Quick USA

79 [78] Amanda Siebert USA
80 [79] Lily Lorentzen USA
82 [82] Britt Hebden USA

101 [99] Marnie Baizley CAN

[complete
rankings for August ’06
]




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