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Guyana number one Nicolette Fernandes rises two places to a career high 19th in the latest rankings

Record number of nations represented in February WSA world rankings

A record-breaking 13 nations are represented in the top 20 of the WSA February World Rankings, with seven-time World champion Nicol David topping the list for the 91st consecutive month – the longest ever unbroken reign as world number one.

The top five remains unchanged with England’s Laura Massaro maintaining her lead over Egyptian Raneem El Welily in second, while British National champion Alison Waters and New Zealander Joelle King round off the top five.

Macau Open champion Dipika Pallikal consolidates her position as the top-ranked Indian by moving up to a career-equalling-high tenth – the only change in the top ten.

Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes is rewarded with her recent strong form by rising two places to a career-high 19th and gives a further multinational feel to the top 20 with the likes of Ireland, Denmark and the Netherlands all represented. 

“This is a wonderful indication of the spread of top women’s squash talent around the world – and gives us great optimism as we look to expand both the membership and calendar of women’s events,” said newly-elected WSA President Kasey Brown, the world number 13 from Australia.

“It is also highly encouraging to look further down the rankings and see our stars of the future like Misaki Kobayashi, a career-high world number 29 and already the highest-ranked Japanese player of all-time; 21-year-old Welsh player Tesni Evans at a best-ever number 36; 23-year-old Samantha Cornett leading the way for Canada just outside the top 30; and Czech players like Lucie Fialova making great progress,” added Brown.

Elswewhere, Natalie Grinham and Kasey Brown drop two places to 12th and 13th respectively, while 18-year-old Egyptian Nour El Sherbini slips nine places to 25th – her lowest ranking since January 2012.

WSA World Rankings (February 2014)

Rank Name Country Average Played
1 [1] Nicol David Malaysia 3143.12 9
2 [2] Laura Massaro England 2092.06 8
3 [3] Raneem El Weleily Egypt 1672.19 9
4 [4] Alison Waters England 1243.44 9
5 [5] Joelle King New Zealand 1184.71 10
6 [6] Low Wee Wern Malaysia 820.882 10
7 [7] Madeline Perry Ireland 817.353 10
8 [8] Camille Serme France 800.938 8
9 [9] Jenny Duncalf England 741.176 10
10 [12] Dipika Pallikal Netherlands 627.5 9
11 [13] Annie Au Hong Kong 623.588 10
12 [10] Natalie Grinham Netherlands 574.625 8
13 [11] Kasey Brown Australia 567.941 10
14 [14] Omneya Abdel Kawy Egypt 540.0 9
15 [15] Rachael Grinham Australia 501.944 11
16 [17] Sarah-Jane Perry England 499.294 10
17 [18] Amanda Sobhy USA 433.765 10
18 [19] Line Hansen Denmark 361.944 11
19 [21] Nicolette Fernandes Guyana 358.583 11
20 [20] Joshana Chinappa India 347.062 9
21 [23] Joey Chan Hong Kong 332.235 10
22 [22] Donna Urquhart Australia 313.875 9
23 [25] Emma Beddoes England 311.889 11
24 [24] Sarah Kippax England 311.75 9
25 [16] Nour El Sherbini England 296.688 5
26 [26] Emily Whitlock England 290.471 10
27 [27] Nour El Tayeb Egypt 257.812 6
28 [28] Aisling Blake Ireland 249.861 11
29 [32] Latasha Khan USA 249.029 10
30 [30] Victoria Lust England 235.188 8
31 [29] Misaki Kobayashi Japan 230.722 11
32 [31] Yathreb Adel Egypt 223.0 8
33 [34] Siyoli Waters South Africa 221.905 14
34 [35] Nouran Ahmed Gohar Egypt 221.0 9
35 [33] Samantha Cornett Canada 220.625 9
36 [36] Tesni Evans Wales 219.0 10
37 [37] Delia Arnold Malaysia 193.312 8
38 [38] Coline Aumard France 190.944 11
39 [39] Heba El Torky Egypt 181.594 8
40 [40] Salma Hany Ibrahim Egypt 170.188 9
41 [48] Samantha Teran Mexico 162.25 8
42 [42] Lisa Aitken England 147.875 8
43 [45] Liu Tsz-Ling Hong Kong 146.421 12
44 [46] Amanda Landers-Murphy New Zealand 146.25 9
45 [41] Lisa Camilleri Australia 145.8 13
46 [43] Lucie Fialova Czech Republic 140.55 13
47 [57] Sabrina Sobhy USA 139.0 11
48 [44] Kylie Lindsay New Zealand 137.056 11
49 [50] Megan Craig New Zealand 136.125 9
50 [51] Deon Saffery Wales 127.444 11

Click here to view the entire WSA World Tour World Rankings list.

Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)

Posted on February 5, 2014

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