PETALING JAYA: Malaysian womens number one squash player Nicol David continued her upward surge in the world rankings list, moving up two rungs to eighth spot in the recently released February list.
The improvement in Nicols world rankings was expected after her impressive semi-final appearance in the World Open in Hong Kong in December.
Nicol is expected to further consolidate her position in the top 10 when she competes in her first tournament of the year the Kuala Lumpur Open from Feb 12-15.
The Penangite is seeded second and her only real obstacle will be Dutch top seed Vanessa Atkinson, who is ranked No 4 in the world.
Despite Nicols rise in the rankings list, the two-time world junior champion has yet to capture a title since winning the 2002 KL Open.
Sharon Wee also improved her world ranking, moving up one spot to 20th.
Ong Beng Hee, who reached an all-time high of seventh last year, continued his slide down the mens world rankings list. He is currently in 14th spot, down one rung from last month.
Beng Hee began the year poorly when he lost to English qualifier James Willstrop in the first round of the Kuwait Open last month.
Malaysian number two Mohd Azlan Iskandar remains in 29th spot.