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WSA: Sherbini breaks into top 16

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April 2012 Rankings

16 year old Sherbini breaks into Top 16

She won the World Junior Championships when she was only 13 and now at just 16 years old Nour El Sherbini is making her move towards the top of the senior rankings.

Last week Sherbini caught the attention of the squash world by coming through qualifying to reach the semi finals of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open, beating Joelle KingJenny Duncalfand Rachael Grinham in the process. This great run has seen Sherbini climb to no.16 in the rankings and will guarantee her a top 16 seeding in May’s British Open. The top players will breathe a sigh of relief knowing they have avoided such a danger in the opening round.

Sherbini’s conqueror in KL was Hong Kong’s Annie Au. Au also had a great week, beating Natalie GrinhamLaura Massaro and Sherbini on her way to her first World Series final. Au returns to no.7 in the rankings, equalling her highest position to date.

World no.1 Nicol David pleased the sponsors and fans by winning her 8th KL Open and 60th WSA title. David opens up her lead at the top of the ranking in her 69th month as no.1.

Elsewhere in the top 20, Massaro jumps back ahead of Madeline Perry at no.3 while Raneem El Weleily closes the gap on both of them at no.5. Indian star Dipika Pallikal reached the quarter finals in KL after her recording her biggest win over Kasey Brown and returns to no.14 to equal her career high ranking.

Outside the top 20, Omneya Abdel Kawy slips down to no.21, the first time the Egyptian has been outside the top in 10 years. Kawy has been off the tour for some months but will be seen in this month’s Irish Open.

Emily Whitlock in undefeated on the WSA tour in 2012. She won her first title at the Finnish Open in February and has followed this up in March with back to back titles at the NSC Series no.3 and Swiss Open. The wins bring her the 18 year old her highest ranking of no.31.

One place behind Whitlock at no.32 is Alison Waters who returned to the tour in March after a long injury lay-off. Waters marked her comeback in style, claiming back to back titles at the Atwater Cup and Granite Open, as she looks to return to the very top of the women’s game. Waters will again be a nightmare draw for the seeds as she qualifies for the Irish Open this month and has been given the Wildcard for the British Open.

There were also career high rankings in the top 50 for: Japanese no.1 Misaki Kobayashi at no.34. Kobayashi won the Hashim Khan Champs in Denver and reached the National Capitol Open final, Canada’s no.1 Samantha Cornett who won the Montreal Open to reach no.37, England’s Lauren Selby reached her 6th WSA final at the Wimbledon Cup to move to no.43 andColine Aumard reached her first final at the Swiss Open to move up to no.48.

Top 20:

RANK PLAYER COUNTRY Prev Pos CHANGE TOTAL PLAYED
(12 MONTHS)
AVERAGE
1 Nicol David MAS 1 29625.00 10 3485.294
2 Jenny Duncalf ENG 2 15232.50 10 1792.059
3 Laura Massaro ENG 4 10652.50 9 1331.563
4 Madeline Perry IRL 3 12969.50 13 1296.950
5 Raneem El Weleily EGY 5 11582.50 11 1286.944
6 Rachael Grinham AUS 6 11298.75 14 1076.071
7 Annie Au HKG 10 9611.50 13 961.150
8 Kasey Brown AUS 7 9804.00 14 933.714
9 Natalie Grinham NED 8 9303.00 13 930.300
10 Camille Serme FRA 9 7914.25 12 833.079
11 Samantha Teran MEX 11 6145.25 10 722.971
12 Joelle King NZL 12 6694.00 12 704.632
13 Low Wee Wern MAS 13 7046.00 14 671.048
14 Dipika Pallikal IND 15 6829.00 15 620.818
15 Donna Urquhart AUS 14 7283.75 17 606.979
16 Nour El Sherbini EGY 23 4149.50 6 518.688
17 Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 16 5420.50 14 516.238
18 Nour El Tayeb EGY 18 4087.50 8 510.938
19 Joey Chan HKG 19 4824.75 14 459.500
20 Sarah Kippax ENG 20 4337.25 12 456.553

To see the full rankings click on the link: http://www.wispa.net/view_rankings.asp

World Series Standings – April 2nd 2012

After the following events:

CIMB Nicol David KL Open

 

Position Name Country Total Points
1 Nicol David Malaysia 100
2 Annie Au Hong Kong 65
3= Raneem El Weleily Egypt 40
3= Nour El Sherbini Egypt 40
5= Laura Massaro England 25
5= Madeline Perry Ireland 25
5= Rachael Grinham Australia 25
5= Dipika Pallikal India 25
9= Jenny Duncalf England 15
9= Kasey Brown Australia 15
9= Natalie Grinham Netherlands 15
9= Camille Serme France 15
9= Samantha Teran Mexico 15
9= Low Wee Wern Malaysia 15
9= Donna Urquhart Australia 15
9= Heba El Torky Egypt 15
17= Joelle King New Zealand 10
17= Jaclyn Hawkes New Zealand 10
17= Nour El Tayeb Egypt 10
17= Delia Arnold Malaysia 10

 

 

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