PETALING JAYA: National women squash player Nicol David, who made a comeback in March after a five-month lay-off, has slumped to her worst ever ranking in the world.
The Penangite dropped 11 rungs and is now ranked 44th in the world, according to the latest ranking list from the Women International Squash Players Association (WISPA) on May 1.
The 19-year-old Nicol, a two-time World junior champion, was ranked 16th last August before she decided to take a break after failing to defend her Asian Games title in Busan last October.
Nicol's first tournament after making a comeback was the Bright Lights Open in Las Vegas in March and she lost in the quarter-finals. At the Texas Open in March, she failed to even make it into the main draw.
Nicol is now training in Amsterdam under former world No 2 Liz Irving, along with Sharon Wee. Sharon, who also failed to reach the main draw in Texas, dropped a rung and is ranked 23rd.
Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong, who beat Nicol in the final to win the Asiad title, is still the top Asian women player despite dropping a rung to 20th.
Another national player Tricia Chuah moved three rungs up to 57th spot despite not playing in any WISPA circuits since the KL Open in February.
Malaysia's number one men squash player Ong Beng Hee stays at No 10 while number two Mohd Azlan Iskandar, who crashed out in the first round of the Pakistan circuit to Egypt's Karim Darwish in Lahore on Wednesday, moved up one rung to 41st.