Malaysian Nicol makes it 93 months at number one
By HOWARD HARDING – Squash Mad Correspondent
England’s new world champion Laura Massaro is closing the gap on Nicol David in the latest April Women’s World Squash Rankings, but it is the Malaysian who continues to hold pole position in the list published today by the WSA.
David, the 30-year-old from Penang who missed out on a record eighth title in front of a huge home crowd in last month’s Penang CIMB Women’s World Championship, extends to 93 months her unbroken reign as world No.1 since August 2006.
But Massaro, who wrested the title from the Penangite to become England’s first world champion for 15 years, has edged closer to David to begin a second year as world number two.
Egypt’s Raneem El Welily also maintains her position as the world No3 – while Joelle King jumps to a career-high No4 to become the highest-ranked New Zealander for more than ten years.
The 25-year-old from Cambridge won the seventh Tour title of her career in January at the Greenwich Open – and last month reached the world championship quarter-finals for the first time.
But it is Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini who celebrates the most astonishing rise in the April rankings. At 27 in last month’s rankings, the 18-year-old from Alexandria appeared in the Penang World Championship unseeded – then proceeded to dismiss a succession of higher-ranked players including fifth seed Joelle King and the No4 seed Alison Waters, before claiming the biggest scalp of all in Nicol David to become the youngest finalist in the 35-year history of the event.
The run sees El Sherbini leap 14 places to No13.
US star Amanda Sobhy also records a best-ever ranking. The 20-year-old Pan American champion from New York, a full-time student at Harvard University, picked up her 11th WSA Tour title at the Granite Club Open in Canada last month and rises two places to No15.
April top 20 (inc. points average):
1  Nicol David MAS 3,346
2  Laura Massaro ENG 2,555
3  Raneem El Welily EGY 1,754
4  Joelle King NZL 1,176
5  Alison Waters ENG 1,036
6  Camille Serme FRA 1,031
7  Low Wee Wern MAS 901
8  Madeline Perry IRL 786
9  Annie Au HKG 763
10  Jenny Duncalf ENG 722
11  Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 634
12  Dipika Pallikal IND 631
13  Nour El Sherbini EGY 627
14  Kasey Brown AUS 571
15  Amanda Sobhy USA 522
16  Rachael Grinham AUS 516
17  Natalie Grinham NED 482
18  Sarah-Jane Perry ENG 444
19  Nicolette Fernandes GUY 401
20  Nour El Tayeb EGY 395
For the complete WSA ranking list, see www.wsaworldtour.com