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Squash - 06. September 2007.

Nicol David Reaches New World Ranking High

published today (Tuesday) by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) - thus becoming the fourth longest standing women's world number one of all-time!


Sharing a 16-month total in August with Australia's Rachael Grinham and England's now retired Cassie Jackman, David now takes fourth place exclusively in the all-time list, behind New Zealand's Susan Devoy (105 months), and Australians Michelle Martin (58) and Sarah Fitz-Gerald (40).


Comprehensive victories over Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grainger, third and fourth seeds, respectively, in last week's Forexx Dutch Open in Amsterdam emphasised Nicol David's status as the world's top player - and, in her 16th successive final on the WISPA World Tour, the 24-year-old from Penang notched up her sixth Tour title of the year and the 22nd of her career since February 2000.


Australia's Natalie Grinham holds onto second place in the new list, despite an ankle problem contributing to her losing to her older sister Rachael in the Dutch Open semi-finals.  Rachael retains third place, ahead of England's Tania Bailey at four, and USA's Natalie Grainger, the other Dutch Open semi-finalist, at number five.


England's Jenny Duncalf moves back into the top 10, while Egyptian Engy Kheirallah also rises, to 14, in the new rankings.


A stunning marathon first round Dutch Open victory by qualifier Isabelle Stoehr over England's world No6 Vicky Botwright in 98 minutes - both players' longest ever match - has helped the French champion jump two places to 18.


          1        [1]      Nicol David     MAS

          2        [2]      Natalie Grinham        AUS

          3        [3]      Rachael Grinham       AUS

          4        [4]      Tania Bailey   ENG

          5        [5]      Natalie Grainger        USA

          6        [6]      Vicky Botwright        ENG

          7        [7]      Omneya Abdel Kawy  EGY

          8        [8]      Madeline Perry          IRL

          9        [9]      Vanessa Atkinson      NED

          10      [12]    Jenny Duncalf ENG

          11      [10]    Shelley Kitchen         NZL

          12      [11]    Laura Lengthorn-Massaro     ENG

          13      [13]    Alison Waters ENG

          14      [15]    Engy Kheirallah         EGY

          15      [14]    Rebecca Chiu HKG

          16      [16]    Kasey Brown  AUS

          17      [17]    Annelize Naude         NED

          18      [20]    Isabelle Stoehr         FRA

          19      [18]    Sharon Wee   MAS

          20      [19]    Jaclyn Hawkes          NZL


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