Half Century Extends Nicol David's World Number One Lead
After reaching a milestone 50 successive international match victories in last month's Seoul Open in South Korea, Malaysian Nicol David has extended her lead at the top of the new May Women's World Squash Rankings, published today (Wednesday) by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA).
April was an eventful month for the 23-year-old from Penang who began her unbeaten run in July last year. David won both the Kuwait Open and Qatar Classic, then reached her 13th successive WISPA World Tour final - and her fifth meeting in a row with Australia's Natalie Grinham - on the all-glass court at Seoul Plaza.
Grinham prevailed to record the first win over her great rival for over a year - and strengthen her status as the world number two.
Natalie's older sister Rachael Grinham holds onto her position at three, ahead of fourth-placed Tania Bailey and her English compatriot Vicky Botwright at No5.
Ireland's Madeline Perry rises two places to No8 in the May list - strengthened by her success in retaining the Irish Open title for the third year last month in Dublin.
England's Jenny Duncalf also has cause for celebration - moving back into the top ten at 10 after a quarter-final berth in the Kuwait Open and a semi-final finish in Seoul.
Outside the top 20, Mexico's Samantha Teran jumps to a career-high No22 after winning the Southport Open in the USA, then securing the Toronto Open title last month in Canada.
1  Nicol David MAS
2  Natalie Grinham AUS
3  Rachael Grinham AUS
4  Tania Bailey ENG
5  Vicky Botwright ENG
6  Natalie Grainger USA
7  Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY
8  Madeline Perry IRL
9  Vanessa Atkinson NED
10  Jenny Duncalf ENG
11  Alison Waters ENG
12  Laura-Jane Lengthorn ENG
13  Shelley Kitchen NZL
14  Engy Kheirallah EGY
15  Rebecca Chiu HKG
16  Kasey Brown AUS
17  Isabelle Stoehr FRA
18  Annelize Naude NED
19  Sharon Wee MAS
20  Dominique Lloyd-Walter ENG
For the complete WISPA ranking list, see www.wispa.net
Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of WISPA
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WSQ 3849 2 May 2007
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