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Madeline Perry Powers Into Squash World's Top Three
Madeline Perry leaps three places to a career-high No3 in the latest Women's World Squash Rankings to become the highest-ranked Irish woman of all-time in the April list published by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA).
The list is headed by Nicol David, the Malaysian who marks her 60th month as world number one, with England's Jenny Duncalf celebrating her 13th successive month in second place.
But making the world top three is a remarkable achievement for Perry, the 34-year-old from Banbridge, near Belfast, who suffered a career-threatening head injury in October 2007 in Milan.
Winner of a twelfth Irish national title in December, Perry boasts eight Tour titles from 20 final appearances. After picking up her biggest title at the Australian Open last August, the new world number three reached her latest final at last month's CIMB KL Open in Malaysia where, seeded seven, she ultimately went down to local favourite Nicol David.
The New Zealand hierarchy changes for the third time in three months as Joelle King overtakes Auckland's Jaclyn Hawkes to reach a career-equalling-high No14.
And US teenager Amanda Sobhy moves up a single place to a best-ever No17. The 17-year-old left-hander from New York, the highest-ranked North American woman who became world junior champion last year, has already reached three Tour quarter-finals this year - and made the Harrow Greenwich Open semi-finals in January as a qualifier.
Also celebrating a career-high ranking in the new list is England's Sarah Kippax. The 27-year-old from Halifax has already made the quarter-finals of two WISPA World Tour events this year unseeded.
April top 20 (inc. points average):
1  Nicol David MAS 3235
2  Jenny Duncalf ENG 1572
3  Madeline Perry IRL 1196
4  Rachael Grinham AUS 1126
5  Alison Waters ENG 1086
6  Kasey Brown AUS 992
7  Laura Massaro ENG 978
8  Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 956
9  Camille Serme FRA 773
10  Vanessa Atkinson NED 762
11  Annie Au HKG 755
12  Raneem El Weleily EGY 669
13  Low Wee Wern MAS 558
14  Joelle King NZL 529
15  Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 484
16  Donna Urquhart AUS 436
17  Amanda Sobhy USA 422
18  Sarah Kippax ENG 393
19  Samantha Teran MEX 384
20  Nour El Tayeb EGY 374
For the complete WISPA ranking list, see www.wispa.net
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