Big Movers in December Rankings Despite Unchanged Top Five

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The WSA World Rankings for December have been released, and despite an unchanged Top 5, there are some big changes slightly further down. Prodigal Egyptian teenager, Nour El Sherbini rises two places to No.6 this month, just ahead of Low Wee Wern who stays unchanged at No.7.

Jenny Duncalf continues to struggle for form and finds herself dropping down to twelfth in the world rankings for December, her lowest ranking since 2007. Due to this year’s World Open being held a month later than last year’s, in which the Englishwoman reached the final, Duncalf has lost 3,000 points from this month’s average. She will have the chance to bounce back into the Top10 however, should she play to her seeding in the upcoming Cayman World Open.

Duncalf’s drop has seen Annie AuMadeline Perry and Kasey Brown all rise a place, but the biggest mover of the Top10 this month is Indian favourite Dipika Pallikal. The 21-year-old moves up three places to occupy No.10 in the world, not only giving her a new career high ranking, but also making her the most successful Indian player ever.

Sarah-Jane Perry marks the end to a hugely successful year, climbing six places into the world’s Top 30 to sit at No.29. The 22-year-old won the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas in November, taking out the top three seeds on her way to fourth WSA title. The English player was ranked at No.83 twelve months ago and has taken huge strides in scaling new heights in the world rankings.

Rising one place above Perry is her compatriot, eighteen-year-old Emily Whitlock whose new ranking is also a career high. Just outside the Top 30, Samantha Cornett edges to another career best, rising one place No.32, whilst Czech Republic national Lucie Fialova rises an impressive nine places to occupy No.34, thanks to an unseeded quarter-final run in the Monte Carlo Classic last month.Heba El Torky made the biggest leap in the Top 50 this month, rising sixteen places to No.33, and edges closer towards her career high ranking of No.25 which she held twelve months ago.

Also reaching the Monte Carlo quarters was Lisa Aitken, who has seen her WSA ranking rise seven places to occupy a personal best of No.38. The Scottish 22-year-old leapfrogs Amanda Landers Murphy and Maria Toor Pakay, despite the pair both rising three places each, to occupy career highs of 39 and 41 respectively. Having reached the Monte Carlo quarters and made a surprise appearance in the NSA Fall Classic final, Tesni Evans also rises three places to No.43.

Nicolette Fernandes jumps an impressive twelve places to No.48 after reaching the semi-finals of the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas last month, but is still someway off her career high of No.27 which she reached back in 2007.

1 Nicol David MAS 1 19325.00 8 2415.625
2 Raneem El Weleily EGY 2 13360.00 8 1670.000
3 Laura Massaro ENG 3 11442.00 8 1430.250
4 Alison Waters ENG 4 9973.00 12 1049.789
5 Joelle King NZL 5 8869.00 10 1043.412
6 Nour El Sherbini EGY 8 2 UP 7546.25 8 943.281
7 Low Wee Wern MAS 7 7790.00 11 865.556
8 Annie Au HKG 9 1 UP 7562.00 11 840.222
9 Madeline Perry IRL 10 1 UP 6993.00 12 736.105
10 Dipika Pallikal IND 13 3 UP 5175.75 10 608.912


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