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WISPA: Egyptian Nour continues to climb

Nour El Tayeb celebrates her climb up the rankings

El Tayeb Overtakes Grinham In June World Rankings

Youth comes to the fore in the latest Women’s World Squash Rankings where Egyptian teenager Nour El Tayebedges in front of experienced campaigner Natalie Grinham in the only top 20 change in the June list published by theWomen’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Malaysian Nicol David maintains her lead at the top of the rankings to celebrate her 59th successive month as world No1.

But England’s Jenny Duncalf also has good reason to be pleased after moving into her 15th month in a row as world No2. After two successive stunning wins over Nicol David at the end of 2009, 28-year-old Duncalf has provided the final opposition for the illustrious Malaysian in five WISPA World Tour event climaxes since – including April’s WISPA World Series championship, the Cayman Islands Open.

So while Australia’s Rachael Grinham holds onto third place in the June rankings, younger sister Natalie Grinham slips back to 18th place after crashing back into the top 20 the previous month following a successful Tour comeback after the birth of her first child last year.

But fast-rising Egyptian star Nour El Tayeb moves up to 17 to equal her career-best ranking. The 18-year-old from Cairo followed her title success in the Irish Open in April by reaching last month’s semi-finals of the Hurghada Internationalagainst expectations.

Compatriot Raneem El Weleily, winner of the Hurghada International trophy in Egypt, has strengthened her position as world No12 after her breakthrough victory in the final over the Egyptian number one Omneya Abdel Kawy, the world No8.

June top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Nicol David MAS 3348
2 [2] Jenny Duncalf ENG 1654
3 [3] Rachael Grinham AUS 1228
4 [4] Madeline Perry IRL 1147
5 [5] Alison Waters ENG 1132
6 [6] Kasey Brown AUS 1021
7 [7] Laura Massaro ENG 978
8 [8] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 918
9 [9] Camille Serme FRA 773
10 [10] Annie Au HKG 771
11 [11] Vanessa Atkinson NED 757
12 [12] Raneem El Weleily EGY 729
13 [13] Donna Urquhart AUS 594
14 [14] Joelle King NZL 579
15 [15] Low Wee Wern MAS 564
16 [16] Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 536
17 [18] Nour El Tayeb EGY 515
18 [17] Natalie Grinham NED 514
19 [19] Sarah Kippax ENG 460
20 [20] Amanda Sobhy USA 434

For the complete WISPA ranking list, see


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