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Squash - 06. May 2009.

Kitchen Back In World Top Ten


The trio of WISPA World Tour titles won by Shelley Kitchen already this year has finally seen the New Zealander back in the world top ten, according to the new May Women's World Squash Rankings announced today (Thursday) by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA).


It was within exactly a month in Malaysia that the 29-year-old from Auckland picked up three NSC Series trophies in Kuala Lumpur – thus boosting her career Tour title tally to 15.


In an otherwise unchanged top ten, Malaysia's Nicol David extends her reign as world number one, ahead of Natalie Grainger, from the USA, at No2; Australia's Rachael Grinham in third place, and her younger sister Natalie Grinham at four.


While the English trio of Jenny Duncalf, Alison Waters and Laura Lengthorn-Massaro retain fifth, sixth and seventh places, respectively, their England team-mate Tania Bailey – still recovering from knee surgery last year – moves up a further place to 14.


New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes also rises to within one place of her best ever ranking.  The UK-based 26-year-old – a surprise semi-finalist in last month's Cannon Kirk Homes Irish Open after upsetting second seed Laura Lengthorn-Massaro in the quarters – moves up to 17.


Egypt's Raneem El Weleily is also rewarded for her surprise victory in last month's On The Run Heliopolis Open in Cairo by rising to a career-equalling high world No19.


            1          [1]        Nicol David       MAS

            2          [2]        Natalie Grainger           USA

            3          [3]        Rachael Grinham          AUS

            4          [4]        Natalie Grinham           NED

            5          [5]        Jenny Duncalf   ENG

            6          [6]        Alison Waters   ENG

            7          [7]        Laura Lengthorn-Massaro        ENG

            8          [8]        Omneya Abdel Kawy    EGY

            9          [9]        Madeline Perry IRL

            10        [11]      Shelley Kitchen            NZL

            11        [10]      Isabelle Stoehr            FRA

            12        [12]      Vanessa Atkinson         NED

            13        [13]      Kasey Brown    AUS

            14        [15]      Tania Bailey      ENG

            15        [14]      Rebecca Chiu   HKG

            16        [16]      Samantha Teran           MEX

            17        [18]      Jaclyn Hawkes  NZL

            18        [17]      Annie Au          HKG

            19        [20]      Raneem El Weleily       EGY

            20        [19]      Lauren Briggs   ENG


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


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