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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)

RankNameCountryAveragePlayed
1 [1]Nicol DavidMalaysia3143.129
2 [2]Laura MassaroEngland2092.068
3 [3]Raneem El WeleilyEgypt1672.199
4 [4]Alison WatersEngland1243.449
5 [5]Joelle KingNew Zealand1184.7110
6 [6]Low Wee WernMalaysia820.88210
7 [7]Madeline PerryIreland817.35310
8 [8]Camille SermeFrance800.9388
9 [9]Jenny DuncalfEngland741.17610
10 [12]Dipika PallikalNetherlands627.59
11 [13]Annie AuHong Kong623.58810
12 [10]Natalie GrinhamNetherlands574.6258
13 [11]Kasey BrownAustralia567.94110
14 [14]Omneya Abdel KawyEgypt540.09
15 [15]Rachael GrinhamAustralia501.94411
16 [17]Sarah-Jane PerryEngland499.29410
17 [18]Amanda SobhyUSA433.76510
18 [19]Line HansenDenmark361.94411
19 [21]Nicolette FernandesGuyana358.58311
20 [20]Joshana ChinappaIndia347.0629
21 [23]Joey ChanHong Kong332.23510
22 [22]Donna UrquhartAustralia313.8759
23 [25]Emma BeddoesEngland311.88911
24 [24]Sarah KippaxEngland311.759
25 [16]Nour El SherbiniEngland296.6885
26 [26]Emily WhitlockEngland290.47110
27 [27]Nour El TayebEgypt257.8126
28 [28]Aisling BlakeIreland249.86111
29 [32]Latasha KhanUSA249.02910
30 [30]Victoria LustEngland235.1888
31 [29]Misaki KobayashiJapan230.72211
32 [31]Yathreb AdelEgypt223.08
33 [34]Siyoli WatersSouth Africa221.90514
34 [35]Nouran Ahmed GoharEgypt221.09
35 [33]Samantha CornettCanada220.6259
36 [36]Tesni EvansWales219.010
37 [37]Delia ArnoldMalaysia193.3128
38 [38]Coline AumardFrance190.94411
39 [39]Heba El TorkyEgypt181.5948
40 [40]Salma Hany IbrahimEgypt170.1889
41 [48]Samantha TeranMexico162.258
42 [42]Lisa AitkenEngland147.8758
43 [45]Liu Tsz-LingHong Kong146.42112
44 [46]Amanda Landers-MurphyNew Zealand146.259
45 [41]Lisa CamilleriAustralia145.813
46 [43]Lucie FialovaCzech Republic140.5513
47 [57]Sabrina SobhyUSA139.011
48 [44]Kylie LindsayNew Zealand 137.05611
49 [50]Megan CraigNew Zealand136.1259
50 [51]Deon SafferyWales127.44411

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

Picture by Steve Cubbins (SquashSite)

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