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Squash - 03. April 2007.

Victory in last month's CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open

Victory in last month's CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open

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KL Success Extends David's Lead As World Number One

Victory in last month's CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open strengthens Malaysian Nicol David's grip on the world number one ranking, according to the new April Women's World Squash Rankings, published today (Tuesday) by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA).

David, the 23-year-old from Penang who is unbeaten now on the WISPA World Tour for more than a year, begins her ninth successive month at the top of the rankings - ahead of KL Open runner-up Natalie Grinham, from Australia, at two, and her sister Rachael Grinham, at three.

While England's Tania Bailey and Vicky Botwright are at four and five, respectively, in the new list, compatriot Alison Waters jumps two places to a career-high No9.

The 22-year-old from London has made steady progress since breaking into the world top 20 - and followed her success of reaching the semi-finals at December's Monte Carlo Classic by making it to the last four of the Greenwich Open early in the New Year.

Lower in the list, New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes celebrates a career-best 21 ranking after reaching the final of the Dayton Open in January and quarter-finals of the Burning River Cleveland Classic in the USA last month.

Italian Manuela Manetta, who won the Creteil Open International in March to clinch her second WISPA World Tour title in three months, jumps five places to an all-time high No28.

1 [1] Nicol David MAS

2 [2] Natalie Grinham AUS

3 [3] Rachael Grinham AUS

4 [4] Tania Bailey ENG

5 [5] Vicky Botwright ENG

6 [6] Natalie Grainger USA

7 [7] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY

8 [8] Vanessa Atkinson NED

9 [11] Alison Waters ENG

10 [9] Madeline Perry IRL

11 [12] Jenny Duncalf ENG

12 [10] Laura-Jane Lengthorn ENG

13 [14] Shelley Kitchen NZL

14 [13] Engy Kheirallah EGY

15 [15] Rebecca Chiu HKG

16 [16] Kasey Brown AUS

17 [17] Isabelle Stoehr FRA

18 [18] Annelize Naude NED

19 [19] Sharon Wee MAS

20 [20] Dominique Lloyd-Walter ENG

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

Issued by Howard Harding on behalf of WISPA

Women’s International Squash Players' Association

Tel: (+44) 1737-243333; Mobile: (+44) 7773-325130; Email: HowHard@aol.com

WISPA: Tel: (+44) 20 7222 1667; Email: wispahq@aol.com

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