David Returns to Top Five in Women’s World
Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David has returned to the
world’s top five for the first time since November 2016 after the
PSA Women’s World Rankings were released today (September 1).
David, who celebrated her 34th birthday last week, topped the
rankings for an unprecedented nine-year reign between 2006-2015 but
a period of mixed form then followed for the 81-time Tour title
winner and she dropped out of the top five for the first time in
over a decade last December.
However, the Penangite will begin September in a top five headed by
two-time World Champion Nour El Sherbini, who makes it 17 successive
months at No.1, and also containing Raneem El Welily (2), Camille
Serme (3) and Laura Massaro (4).
Egypt’s Nouran Gohar falls out of the top five to No.7 after the
ranking points she claimed after winning the Hong Kong Open last
August were removed from her record, while United States No.1 Amanda
Sobhy - who lost to Gohar in the final - also loses points and drops
English duo Sarah-Jane Perry and Alison Waters benefit from Gohar
and Sobhy’s points loss as they move up to No.6 and No.8,
respectively, with Perry rising to a career-high World Ranking. Hong
Kong’s Annie Au props up the top 10 for the fourth consecutive
Egypt’s Nour El Tayeb falls down to No.14, while Joelle King (11),
Joshna Chinappa (12), Emily Whitlock (14) and Tesni Evans round out
the top 15 - with Evans claiming a career-high ranking in the
Victoria Lust drops a place to No.16, while the rest of the top 20
is unchanged as Olivia Blatchford, Donna Urquhart, Joey Chan and
Salma Hany Ibrahim take the final spots.
PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 - September 2017