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In a Surprise Turnabout,
Fitz-Gerald regains #1 ranking before Melbourne. Petersen gains top 20


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London, Oct 1, 2001 by Howard Harding
and Ron Beck © 2001, photos © Debra Tessier, squashphotos.com
and Ron Beck

SARAH FITZ-GERALD RECLAIMS WORLD
No1 RANKING

In an unexpected development, Sarah
Fitz-Gerald has regained the top world ranking position. Almost three
years after ending a two-year run as world No1, Australia’s Sarah Fitz-Gerald
has triumphantly reclaimed the top position in the new October Women’s
World Rankings, announced today (1st October) by the
Women’s
International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Sarah Fitz-Gerald

Fitz-Gerald, reached just prior to
her departure for Qatar , was happy and
surprised at the same time. "I just had not been thinking at all
that this might happen at this time — it was a big surprise," Fitz-Gerald
told SquashTalk. "I am obviously pleased, because it is a boost to
be heading into the world championships in Melbourne, my home town, with
the #1 ranking that I lost three years ago."

New Zealand’s Leilani Joyce, world
No1 since November 2000, slips to No2 in the new list, whilst Carol Owens,
the world champion from Australia, also drops a place to No3. Fitz-Gerald,
32, from Melbourne, first became world No1 in November 1996, two weeks
after winning the first of three World Open titles.

Shortly after relinquishing the position
to long-time rival and compatriot Michelle Martin in November 1998, Fitz-Gerald
withdrew from the circuit to undergo treatment to her left knee. Two operations
later, the WISPA President returned to the circuit and began an impressive
climb back from a ranking low of 38 to win 15 WISPA World Tour titles
in 21 months – including her first British Open trophy in June this year.

In September, Sarah clinched the
Heliopolis Open title in Egypt – her 46th WISPA title in her 75th final
appearance. Later this month, she will be attempting to secure her fourth
World Open title in front of a home crowd in Melbourne.

Ellen Petersen

England’s Cassie Campion, also a former
world No1 and world
champion,
continues her upward climb after an injury break. Campion, the Heliopolis
Open runner-up, is fighting back after back surgery last November – and
moves up two places to No11.

Denmark’s Ellen Petersen makes her
top twenty debut at 19 after winning the Indian Open in August and reaching
the final of the Himmerland Tuborg Open in her home country ten days ago
– and celebrates becoming the highest-ranked Danish woman of all-time.

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

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