Youth comes to the fore in the latest Women’s World Squash Rankings where Egyptian teenager Nour El Tayeb edges in front of experienced campaigner Natalie Grinham in the only top 20 change in the June list published by the Women’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 International against 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):
|8||||Omneya Abdel Kawy||EGY||918|
|12||||Raneem El Weleily||EGY||729|
|15||||Low Wee Wern||MAS||564|
|17||||Nour El Tayeb||EGY||515|
For the complete WISPA ranking list, see www.wispa.net