Sharon moves up three rungs in world rankings

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  • Wednesday, 05 Mar 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's Sharon Wee, who lost in the semi-finals of the Kuala Lumpur Open last month, moved up three rungs to 23rd in the latest world rankings issued by the Women's International Squash Players Association (Wispa) on Monday. 

Sharon, who replaced two-time world junior champion Nicol David as the Malaysian number one, claimed another 224 points from her semi-finals appearance in the tournament, where she was beaten by Australia's Natalie Grinham. 

The Malacca-born player accumulated 1,942 points from 11 tournaments for an average of 216, which included her second ever professional victory at the Japan Open last September when she defeated teammate Tricia Chuah in the final. 

Nicol, the former number one who had a long lay-off after losing to Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu in the Asian Games final in Busan last October, dropped to 31st spot from 27th last month. 

The 19-year-old Nicol, whose last appearance in the professional circuit was at the Seattle Open in May last year, is now back in training with her compatriots in Amsterdam. 

Tricia, who lost in the KL Open first round, moved up three places to 62nd. 

Two other Malaysians, Delia Arnold and Lim Yoke Wah, also improved their rankings from 126th to 115th while Sally Looi remained at 126th. 

KL Open champion Carol Owens of New Zealand took over the world number one spot vacated by Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who announced her retirement from the Wispa Tour last month. 

The top 10 rankings: 1. Carol Owens (Nzl), 2. Natalie Pohrer (Usa), 3. Linda Charman (Eng), 4. Tania Bailey (Eng), 5. Rachael Grinham (Aus), 6. Cassie Jackman (Eng), 7. Vanessa Atkinson (Ned), 8. Rebecca MacRee (Eng), 9. Natalie Grinham (Aus), 10. Fiona Geaves (Eng). 

Malaysian rankings: 23. Sharon Wee, 31. Nicol David, 62. Tricia Chuah, 115. Delia Arnold and Lim Yoke Wah, 126. Sally Looi. – Bernama 

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