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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  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  Vanessa Atkinson NED
9  Alison Waters ENG
10  Madeline Perry IRL
11  Jenny Duncalf 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
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