Women adopt same world ranking system as men
By NATHAN CLARKE
Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David will begin the 2016/17 PSA World Tour season ranked World No.3 after the latest PSA Women’s World Rankings were released today (August 1st).
For the first time ever, this month’s rankings see both the Men’s and Women’s systems adhering to the same criteria as the Professional Squash Association (PSA) take another step towards fully aligning the women’s and men’s games.
“Since creating a unified governing body for the administration of both Men’s and Women’s squash last year our focus has been on driving the sport forward and aligning both games across the board,” said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.
“After successfully introducing the lower 17” tin to the Women’s game late last year to address what was one of the main fundamental differences between the Men’s and Women’s games on court, this latest step will help to ensure that our off court regulations are also aligned.
“With more elements across the sport now in sync, we will be better positioned to continue working towards our goals of increasing both total prize money and playing opportunities available for both men and women in squash.”
Prior to 2015’s amalgamation between the PSA and the Women’s Squash Association (WSA), both ranking systems were calculated using different criteria, but both will now adhere to a system that divides the total number of points a player has accumulated over a 12-month period by the number of tournaments played to give an average score – with the Women’s minimum divisor being eight.
The previous Women’s system saw the divisor increase incrementally once 10 tournaments had been played. However, the new world rankings system sees the divisor stay at eight until 11 tournaments have been played, at which point it will change to nine and not increase further until a player has appeared at 13 tournaments.
Another change to the women’s rankings system is the amount of ranking points available at tournaments. Previously, the maximum available at a tournament was 5300, for winning the PSA Women’s World Championship, with a World Series tournament winner gaining 4800 points.
The maximum points on offer have now been reduced to fall in line with the men’s system, with the winner of the World Championship set to gain 2890 points and a World Series tournament winner now amassing 2625 points.
The change in system means that David leapfrogs Egypt’s Raneem El Welily to return to the world’s top three for the first time since March, while World Champion Nour El Sherbini of Egypt stays at No.1, followed by England’s Laura Massaro (right, in action in the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai).
World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar and France’s Camille Serme stay at No.5 and No.6, respectively, but United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy falls one place to No.8, switching places with Omneya Abdel Kawy.
New Zealander Joelle King remains at No.9 and Hong Kong’s Annie Au rounds off the top 10 after two months outside.
Elsewhere, Alison Waters moves up two places to No.11, while India’s Joshna Chinappa drops out of the top 10 to No.12. England’s Victoria Lust is up three places to a career-high No.14, while compatriot Jenny Duncalf falls to No.15.
Emily Whitlock moves down three spots to No.18, with Malaysia’s Delia Arnold rising one place to No.17. 2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham drops out of the top 20 for only the second time in 19 years and is replaced by Joey Chan.
PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 – August 2016
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