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WISPA: Raneem and Dipika race up the rankings

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El Weleily, King & Pallikal make significant steps up. 4th October 2011

By ELLIOT SELBY
The new October rankings have seen some significant moves inside the top 20 and beyond.

Nicol David continues to extend her run at the top for another month and the rest of the top 6 were unchanged.

After beating four top 10 players on her way to the biggest title of her career, Raneem El Weleily has seen her ranking shoot up from no.12 to a career high no.7. The 22 year old finished her magnificent week at the Carol Weymuller Open by beating world no.2 Jenny Duncalf in the final in straight games. She also becomes the Egyptian no.1 for the first time.

Joelle King also made her top to debut this month, jumping up one place to no.10. The 23 year old reached the quarter finals at the Carol Weymuller Open, beating Omneya Abdel Kawy in 1st round. King becomes the first Kiwi since Shelley Kitchen to be in the world’s top 10.

Dipika Pallikal has possibly made the most significant move in the rankings this month. The Indian star who celebrated her 20th birthday recently, won her 3rd WISPA title at the Orange County Open and also reached the main draw at the Carol Weymuller Open to make her top 20 debut at no.20. She puts her name in the record book once more to become the first Indian woman to rank in the top 20.

Elsewhere in the rankings there were further career highs reached by a number of players.

In the top 20:
Annie Au moved up one place to no.8.
Natalie Grinham edges back to the top 10; no.11 is her highest ranking in 14 months.

Outside the top 20:
Emma Beddoes equals her career high of 23.
Heba El Torky moves up to 28.
Victoria Lust makes her top 30 debut at no.29.
Olivia Blatchford at 32, Gaby Huber at 34, Kanzy El Dafrawy at 35, Lucie Fialova at 36, four time champion this year – Lauren Briggs is up to 37 – her highest ranking for a year, Melody Francis at 38, Emily Whitlock makes her top 40 debut at 40, Siyoli Waters at 44, Sina Wall makes her top 50 debut at 50. 15 year old Egyptian Yathreb Adel climbs 19 places to 55 after reaching the final in Orange County.

Please visit http://www.wispa.net/rankings.asp for the full rankings.

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