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Squash - 08. January 2010.

Nicol David Begins Fifth Year As World Number One

Malaysia's Nicol David begins her fifth year – and her 42nd consecutive month – as world number one, according to the January 2010 Women's World Squash Rankings, published today (Wednesday) by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA).


The 26-year-old from Penang first took over the top spot in January 2006 – then began her current uninterrupted world number one run in August 2006.  Despite suffering four shock defeats in 2009, Nicol David secured seven WISPA World Tour titles in the year, as well as her second World Games gold medal. 


In September, in her training base of Amsterdam, David retained her World Open title – not only notching up the 40th Tour title of her career, but also becoming only the third player in history to win the sport's premier title four times.


World Open runner-up Natalie Grinham, from the Netherlands, squeezes past Jenny Duncalf to reclaim second place in the list, while the English player slips to three, ahead of fourth-placed Rachael Grinham, of Australia, and USA's Natalie Grainger at five.


Australia's Kasey Brown moves up a single place to celebrate her debut in the world top 10 – while France's 20-year-old Camille Serme continues her relentless rise up the rankings to mark a career-high No12 position.


Also celebrating a best-ever ranking in the New Year is Samantha Teran, the 28-year-old from Mexico City who consolidates her status as the most successful Mexican woman ever by reaching No14.


January top 20 (inc. points average):


1       [1]       Nicol David                 MAS      2692

2       [3]       Natalie Grinham         NED      1469

3       [2]       Jenny Duncalf            ENG      1460

4       [4]       Rachael Grinham       AUS      1446

5       [5]       Natalie Grainger         USA      1258

6       [6]       Alison Waters            ENG      1256

7       [7]       Omneya Abdel Kawy  EGY      1003

8       [8]       Madeline Perry           IRL       959

9       [9]       Laura Massaro           ENG      908

10     [11]     Kasey Brown              AUS      505

11     [10]     Vanessa Atkinson      NED      505

12     [13]     Camille Serme           FRA       504

13     [14]     Engy Kheirallah          EGY      475

14     [15]     Samantha Teran        MEX      457

15     [16]     Annie Au                    HKG      456

16     [12]     Shelley Kitchen          NZL      451

17     [17]     Jaclyn Hawkes           NZL      423

18     [19]     Isabelle Stoehr          FRA       419

19     [20]     Rebecca Chiu             HKG      417

20     [18]     Tania Bailey                ENG      395


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

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