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Kitchen Makes it to #7, 11 Countries Represented

London, February 4, 2008 by Howard
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  WOMEN’S NEWS

Teran Expands Women’s World Top 20 List To 11 Countries

In a breakthrough new Women’s World Squash Rankings, published for February by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA), the number of countries represented by players in the top 20 rises to an all-time high of 11.

While Nicol David, of Malaysia, retains the number one position – extending her unbroken reign at the top to 19 months – Samantha Teran makes her debut in the top 20 to become the first ever Mexican to feature in the elite women’s list. 

The 26-year-old from Mexico City, a three times Pan American champion, has made significant strides on the WISPA World Tour over recent months – winning the Southport Open and Toronto Open in North America last year, and striking success in the Liberty Bell Open last month in Philadelphia, USA, to bring her Tour haul to eight titles.

The countries represented in the world top 20 now feature Malaysia, Australia, USA, England, New Zealand, Egypt, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Ireland, France and Mexico.

"It’s wonderful to welcome Samantha – and Mexico – into our world top 20 for the first time and see the growing impact of women’s squash around the world," said WISPA Chief Executive Andrew Shelley.  "With new women’s events recently in new squash nations such as Iceland, Portugal, Iran, China and South Korea, we will soon be looking forward to extending even further our reach of top 20 players from our ever-increasing international membership."

New Zealander Shelley Kitchen also has much to celebrate in the new list – after jumping three places to a career-best No7 ranking.  After winning four WISPA Tour titles last year, the 28-year-old from Auckland got her 2008 campaign off to a positive start by claiming the Greenwich Open crown in January – the biggest Tour title of Kitchen’s 12 to date.

          1        [1]      Nicol David     MAS
          2        [2]      Natalie Grinham        AUS
          3        [3]      Rachael Grinham      AUS
          4        [4]      Natalie Grainger       USA
          5        [5]      Tania Bailey   ENG
          6        [6]      Vicky Botwright        ENG
          7        [10]    Shelley Kitchen         NZL
          8        [7]      Jenny Duncalf ENG
          9        [8]      Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
          10      [9]      Vanessa Atkinson      NED
          11      [12]    Alison Waters ENG
          12      [11]    Laura Lengthorn-Massaro     ENG
          13      [14]    Rebecca Chiu  HKG
          14      [13]    Madeline Perry         IRL
          15      [15]    Kasey Brown  AUS
          16      [16]    Engy Kheirallah         EGY
          17      [19]    Annelize Naude         NED
          18      [18]    Jaclyn Hawkes          NZL
          19      [17]    Isabelle Stoehr         FRA
          20      [22]    Samantha Teran       MEX

For the complete WISPA ranking list, see www.wispa.net

 




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