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Natalie Grinham Charges to Career-High #2

London, February 1, 2007 by Howard
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© 2007, photos © Debra Tessier and SquashTalk © 2007

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Nicol David
Natalie Grinham, Australian living in Holland, has achieved World #2. © 2007
Fritz Borchert.

Vanessa Atkinson Sinks to #4

Malaysia’s Nicol David, who became the first Asian woman to top the world squash rankings in January 2006, begins her second year at No1 in the new January 2007 Women?s World Squash Rankings, published today (Friday) by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA)

Three successive Tour title successes has taken Australia’s Natalie Grinham to a career-high No2 in the new February Women’s World Rankings, published today by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Malaysia’s Nicol David – the last player to beat the younger Grinham sister, in the final of the World Open in Belfast in November – retains her grip on the top position in the list, celebrating her seventh month in a row at No1.

Natalie Grinham, from Toowoomba in Queensland, went on to win the Monte Carlo Classic in December last year – then this year picked up the Marsh Apawamis Open and Harrow Greenwich Open titles, extending her unbeaten run to 12 matches and bringing her WISPA World Tour title haul to 10!

Natalie overtakes her older sister Rachael Grinham for only the second time. Rachael, who only once failed to get to the semi-finals last year in ten Tour appearances, slips to three, while former world number one Vanessa Atkinson drops to four – her lowest position for three years.

Natalie Grainger also celebrates her best ranking for a year. The 29-year-old from Washington DC – who will formally become a US citizen in February – reached the final of the Greenwich Open against the seeding, and rises to No6.

England’s Alison Waters returns to the top ten at No10, while compatriot Laura-Jane Lengthorn moves up to No11 to become the fourth highest-ranked English woman for the first time. In addition, Dominique Lloyd-Walter returns to the top 20 at 18 to bring the English count in the top 20 to six.

1 [1] Nicol David MAS
2 [4] Natalie Grinham AUS
3 [2] Rachael Grinham AUS
4 [3] Vanessa Atkinson NED
5 [5] Tania Bailey ENG
6 [7] Natalie Grainger USA
7 [8] Vicky Botwright ENG
8 [6] Madeline Perry IRL
9 [9] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
10 [11] Alison Waters ENG
11 [12] Laura-Jane Lengthorn ENG
12 [10] Jenny Duncalf ENG
13 [13] Engy Kheirallah EGY
14 [14] Shelley Kitchen NZL
15 [15] Rebecca Chiu HKG
16 [16] Annelize Naude NED
17 [17] Kasey Brown AUS
18 [18] Sharon Wee MAS
19 [22] Dominique Lloyd-Walter ENG
20 [19] Tegwen Malik WAL

 

OTHER AMERICAS
PLAYERS IN TOP 100 AS OF FEBRUARY 1 2007:

27 [27] Samantha Teran MEX
28 [28] Nicolette
Fernandes GUY
29 [31] Latasha
Khan USA
35 [33] Runa Reta CAN

44 [45] Alana Miller CAN
45 [48] Caroline Russell CAN

62 [63] Tara Mullins CAN
74 [76] Meredith Quick USA

75 [69] Katie Patrick CAN

82 [101] Lily Lorentzen USA
83 [94] Neha Kumar CAN
90 [105] Amanda Siebert USA

94 [95] Mariana De Reyes COL
96 [97] Marnie Baizley CAN
97 [98] Ashley Clackson CAN
98 [99] Catalina Pelaez COL

[complete
rankings for February ’07
]




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