Perry Powers Into World’s Top Five

Whilst Malaysia’s Nicol David continues to head the Women’s World Squash Rankings by more than a one thousand point margin, Ireland’s Madeline Perry celebrates a career-high world No5 ranking in the September list published by theWomen’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA).

Perry, the 33-year-old from Belfast who boasts 11 national titles, enjoyed the best month of her international career in August when she scored her biggest success at the Australian Open, winning the WISPA Gold title in Canberra in stunning style.

The triumph, bringing her Tour title total to eight, takes Perry to her highest ranking since April 2006.

Kasey Brown consolidated her status as Australia’s No2 by leaping two places to a best-ever eighth place. The 25-year-old from New South Wales was a quarter-finalist in the latest two WISPA Gold events, the Singapore Masters in July andAustralian Open in August.

Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily also has cause for celebration after making her top ten debut at No10. The 21-year-old from Alexandria recorded her best ever run in a WISPA Gold event in July when she reached the Malaysian Open semi-finals – as a qualifier!

And Nicol David is joined in the top 20 by a fellow Malaysian for the first time for more than two years as a result of Low Wee Wern making her debut in the elite group at No20.

Also from Penang, 20-year-old Low Wee Wern was an unexpected quarter-finalist in the Malaysian Open and qualified to make the main draw of the Singapore Masters.

September top 20 (inc. points average):

1 [1] Nicol David MAS 2984
2 [2] Jenny Duncalf ENG 1944
3 [3] Rachael Grinham AUS 1548
4 [4] Alison Waters ENG 1533
5 [6] Madeline Perry IRL 1228
6 [5] Omneya Abdel Kawy EGY 1191
7 [8] Laura Massaro ENG 884
8 [10] Kasey Brown AUS 695
9 [9] Camille Serme FRA 643
10 [11] Raneem El Weleily EGY 576
11 [12] Engy Kheirallah EGY 545
12 [13] Samantha Teran MEX 524
13 [7] Natalie Grinham NED 499
14 [15] Jaclyn Hawkes NZL 487
15 [14] Vanessa Atkinson NED 480
16 [17] Donna Urquhart AUS 467
17 [16] Annie Au HKG 454
18 [18] Rebecca Chiu HKG 415
19 [19] Isabelle Stoehr FRA 391
20 [23] Low Wee Wern MAS 359


  1. It’s a good thing that Madeline Perry gets encouragement from the Irish viz. Austin Walker after getting to No 5. But to hope that Madeline aged 33 will “soon” get to No. 1 while Nicol is still 25 and >2000 points ahead is merely to “Dream On”.

  2. It’s unfortunate that I am the only Squash player from Northern Ireland sending encouraging comments via this website to encourage Madeline Perry. The state of the game in Northern Ireland is at quite a low ebb. My own club at CIYMS bulldosed two of their Courts and the next nearest Squash Club “The Kiltonga Squash Centre” nearby is now a Christian Centre! I understand that the game is now making a comeback in England but Northern Ireland needs to make an effort to get interest in the game going once again. I notice that Castlereagh Borough Council have revamped two of their courts bring them up to an international Standard in the process. Perhaps we would have more 25 year olds playing at Madeline’s level if Northern Ireland raises interest in the game among young players.

  3. 2 more years and you expect Madeline to be No 1? Is this some Irish joke or what? Age may not be a barrier in lawn bowling, ten-pin bowling, chess or even golf. But in a physically demanding game like squash, it is highly unlikely that Madeline will get much further up the rankings at 33, let alone reach no 1. In another 2 years she would be 35. I have yet to come across any squash player who reach World Number 1 at age 35, men or women. Sorry!

  4. So proud of Madeline! She has been an inspiration since being attacked in Milan and her game goes from strength to strength. Agree Austin that the powers that be need to take matters in hand – here is a fantastic role model and many squash players (never mind the public) don’t even know we have a World no.5!