Beng Hee and Sharon move up in world ranking

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  • Monday, 02 Jun 2003

PETALING JAYA: Ong Beng Hee and Sharon Wee have moved up in the latest world squash ranking list following good outings in recent international tournaments. 

The 23-year-old Beng Hee, who qualified for the semi-finals of a Super Series competition for the first time – in the PSA Qatar Masters in Doha last week – moved up one rung to ninth. 

Compatriot Mohd Azlan Iskandar is in 39th spot. 

The top five men in the rankings are Peter Nicol (Eng), David Palmer (Aus), John White (Sco), Jonathan Power (Can) and Theirry Lincou (Fra). 

Sharon, who captured the Hyder Open title in New York two weeks ago, recorded her best-ever world ranking. She moved three rungs up to the 20th spot. 

The top five women are Natalie Pohrer (US), Carol Owens (Nzl), Rachael Grinham (Aus), Linda Charman (Eng) and Vanessa Atkinson (Ned). 

Former Malaysian number one Nicol David, whose highest ranking was at number 16, continued to tumble from 44th to 53rd. 

But the 19-year-old Nicol gave good indication that she is still a player to be reckoned with at the Heliopolis Open in Cairo on Friday.  

She gave Grinham a good run before going down 9-5, 8-10, 4-9, 9-2, 2-9 in 67-minute match. 

She made it into the main draw with victories over two Egyptian players – Nehal Yehia (9-1, 9-6, 9-6) and archrival Engy Kheirallah (9-10, 9-2, 9-7, 9-6). 

Sharon failed to make the main draw, losing 5-9, 3-9, 4-9 to Egyptian Salma Shabana in the second round of the qualifying tournament. 

Nicol and Sharon are still in Egypt and they will feature in the Hurghada International, which begins on Wednesday. 

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