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David Celebrates Ranking Record

Nicol David celebrates another glorious milestone in her illustrious Squash career by moving into her 41st month as world number one in the September Women’s World Rankings – published by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA) – thus surpassing her mentor Sarah Fitz-Gerald as the player with the third longest ever reign at the top of the women’s rankings.

Now just 26, the Malaysian superstar first topped the WISPA list for three months from January 2006 – then regained pole position in August, holding it unchallenged until today.

With New Zealand legend Susan Devoy boasting a total of 105 months as world number one, and Australian Michelle Martin holding second place in the all-time list with 58 months, Nicol David has now finally got the better of her regular Australian training partner Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who achieved 40 months.

David added to her remarkable WISPA World Tour title tally in August, winning both the CIMB Malaysian Open and CIMB Singapore Masters – dropping only three games over both WISPA Gold events!  The Penangite hopes to claim the 40th Tour title of her career at this month’s internationalSPORTgroup British Open in Manchester, where she is seeded to win the sport’s prestigious title for the fourth time in five years.

In an unchanged world top ten, USA star Natalie Grainger retains her second position, ahead of Dutch number one Natalie Grinham at No3, and her older sister Rachael Grinham, who represents Australia, in fourth place.

The highest mover is Australia’s Kasey Brown, who rises to a career-best No11 – while New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes also celebrates a career-high ranking at No14.  Brown, from New South Wales, reached the Malaysian Open quarter-finals unseeded, while Hawkes also achieved an unseeded quarter-final berth in the Cayman Islands Open earlier in the year.

But France’s Camille Serme maintains her upward momentum in fine style by establishing a firm footing in the top 20 at a best ever No18.  The 20-year-old from Creteil picked up her third Tour title of the year at the Alexandria Sporting Club Open – claiming victory as the eighth seed – and is consistently closing in on her French rival Isabelle Stoehr, the world No12.

September top 20 (inc. points average):

1        [1]          Nicol David                     MAS     3340
2        [2]          Natalie Grainger             USA     1732
3        [3]          Natalie Grinham             NED     1614
4        [4]          Rachael Grinham           AUS     1210
5        [5]          Alison Waters                ENG     1124
6        [6]          Jenny Duncalf                ENG     1081
7        [7]          Omneya Abdel Kawy      EGY     858
8        [8]          Madeline Perry               IRL      803
9        [9]          Laura Massaro               ENG     761
10      [10]        Shelley Kitchen              NZL     652
11      [12]        Kasey Brown                  AUS     523
12      [11]        Isabelle Stoehr              FRA     511
13      [13]        Vanessa Atkinson          NED     491
14      [16]        Jaclyn Hawkes               NZL     469
15      [14]        Annie Au                        HKG     458
16      [15]        Rebecca Chiu                 HKG     445
17      [17]        Samantha Teran            MEX     432
18      [20]        Camille Serme               FRA     364
19      [22]        Dominique Lloyd-Walter           ENG      350
20      [18]        Raneem El Weleily         EGY     347

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