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>Rankings section > WISPA Sept 1 2001 Rankings

After Hong Kong,
Joyce, Owens,

Fitz-Gerald
hold onto 1, 2, 3; Nicol
David climbs to #28

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London, Sept 1, 2001 by Howard Harding
© 2001

JOYCE EXTENDS WORLD No1 STATUS
Despite a sparse playing schedule, New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce has strengthened
her grip on the world No1 position in the new September Women’s World
Rankings, announced today (4th September) by the Women’s International
Squash Players’ Association (WISPA) – moving into her 11th month at the
top following her victory in last month’s Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open.

The 27-year-old from Hamilton retains
her lead ahead of Australians Carol Owens, the world champion whom she
beat in the Hong Kong final, and Sarah Fitz-Gerald, the British Open champion
she conquered in the semi-finals after losing their previous three encounters.

Whilst England’s Linda Charman-Smith,
who withdrew from the Hong Kong Open suffering with a calf injury, holds
onto the No4 position, compatriot Fiona Geaves celebrates a new phase
of her career by rising to a best-ever world No5. The 33-year-old from
Gloucester, who registered her previous best No6 world ranking in July
1995, was also a semi-finalist in Hong Kong and winner of the Las Vegas
Open in May, England’s Stephanie Brind also achieves a career-best ranking
in the new list – at No8 – while all-time highest rankings are also claimed
by Scotland’s Pamela Nimmo (at 15), England’s Vicky Botwright (16) and
New Zealand’s Shelley Kitchen (17).

Malaysian Nicol David, rose from 31
to #28 while American Latasha Khan dropped one spot to #27.

1 [1] Leilani Joyce NZL
2 [2] Carol Owens AUS
3 [3] Sarah Fitz-Gerald AUS
4 [4] Linda Charman-Smith ENG
5 [7] Fiona Geaves ENG
6 [5] Natalie (Grainger) Pohrer ENG
7 [6] Tania Bailey ENG
8 [10] Stephanie Brind ENG
9 [8] Suzanne Horner ENG
10 [9] Rachael Grinham AUS
11 [12] Vanessa Atkinson NED
12 [11] Rebecca Macree ENG
13 [13] Cassie Campion ENG
14 [14] Jenny Tranfield ENG
15 [16] Pamela Nimmo SCO
16 [19] Vicky Botwright ENG
17 [20] Shelley Kitchen NZL
18 [18] Sue (Wright) Rose ENG
19 [17] Natalie Grinham AUS
20 [21] Maha Zein EGY

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