Half Century at #1 for David

Malaysia’s Nicol David reaches her 50th month as world number one, according to the June Women’s World Squash Rankings, published by the Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

The 26-year-old from Penang first hit the top spot in January 2006 – then began her current uninterrupted reign as world number one from August in the same year.

10CI7603.JPGWith 44 WISPA Tour titles to her credit, Nicol David now boasts the longest run at the top of the world rankings since New Zealander Susan Devoy dominated the women’s game from the mid 80s to the early 90s.

England’s Jenny Duncalf is at two in the new list – ahead of Grinham sisters Rachael, who rises to three, and Natalie, who slips to four.

But two southern hemisphere players have much to celebrate in the June rankings: Australia’s Donna Urquhart jumps three places to a career-high No16 to consolidate her status as her country’s third highest-ranked player.

The 23-year-old left-hander from New South Wales has won four Tour titles and reached her ninth final at the Chairman’s Cup in Hong Kong in January.

And Joelle King doubles New Zealand interest in the top 20 by making her debut in the elite group. The 21-year-old from Cambridge has exceeded expectations in all four WISPA Tour events in which she has competed this year – and, unseeded, secured her fifth title at the Texas Open in the USA in April after beating top seed Rachael Grinham in the final!

June top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Nicol David MAS 2883
2 [2] Jenny Duncalf ENG 1697
3 [4] Rachael Grinham AUS 1512
4 [3] Natalie Grinham NED 1363
5 [5] Alison Waters ENG 1363
6 [6] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 1214
7 [7] Madeline Perry IRL 1025
8 [8] Laura Massaro ENG 853
9 [9] Kasey Brown AUS 649
10 [10] Camille Serme FRA 648
11 [11] Samantha Teran MEX 540
12 [14] Engy Kheirallah EGY 537
13 [13] Vanessa Atkinson NED 522
14 [15] Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 454
15 [17] Raneem El Weleily EGY 452
16 [19] Donna Urquhart AUS 428
17 [20] Annie Au HKG 425
18 [16] Isabelle Stoehr FRA 423
19 [18] Rebecca Chiu HKG 412
20 [21] Joelle King NZL 400

Full WISPA Rankings