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31/07/2016
WOMEN'S AUGUST RANKINGS

New World Rankings See Nicol David Return To Top Three

Malaysia’s eight-time World Champion Nicol David will begin the 2016/17 PSA World Tour season ranked World No.3 after the latest PSA Women's World Rankings were released.

For the first time ever, this month's rankings see both the Men's and Women's systems adhering to the same criteria as the Professional Squash Association (PSA) take another step towards fully aligning the Women's and Men's games.

"Since creating a unified governing body for the administration of both Men's and Women's squash last year our focus has been on driving the sport forward and aligning both games across the board," said PSA Chief Executive Alex Gough.

"After successfully introducing the lower 17" tin to the Women's game late last year to address what was one of the main fundamental differences between the Men’s and Women’s games on court, this latest step will help to ensure that our off court regulations are also aligned.

"With more elements across the sport now in sync, we will be better positioned to continue working towards our goals of increasing both total prize money and playing opportunities available for both men and women in squash."

Prior to 2015's amalgamation between the PSA and the Women's Squash Association (WSA), both ranking systems were calculated using different criteria, but both will now adhere to a system that divides the total number of points a player has accumulated over a 12-month period by the number of tournaments played to give an average score - with the Women’s minimum divisor being eight.

The previous Women's system saw the divisor increase incrementally once 10 tournaments had been played, however, the new World Rankings system sees the divisor stay at eight until 11 tournaments have been played, at which point it will change to 9 and not increase further until a player has appeared at 13 tournaments.

Another change to the Women’s World Rankings system is the amount of World Ranking points available at tournaments. Previously, the maximum World Ranking points available at a tournament was 5300, for winning the PSA Women’s World Championship, with a World Series tournament winner gaining 4800 points.

The maximum points on offer have now been reduced to fall in line with the Men's system, with the winner of the World Championship set to gain 2890 points and a World Series tournament winner now amassing 2625 points.

The change in system means that David leapfrogs Egypt's Raneem El Welily to return to the world’s top three for the first time since March, while World Champion Nour El Sherbini of Egypt stays at No.1, followed by England’s Laura Massaro.

World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar and France’s Camille Serme stay at No.5 and No.6, respectively, but United States No.1 Amanda Sobhy falls one place to No.8, switching places with Omneya Abdel Kawy.

New Zealander Joelle King remains at No.9 and Hong Kong’s Annie Au rounds off the top 10 after two months outside.

Elsewhere, Alison Waters moves up two places to No.11, while India’s Joshna Chinappa drops out of the top 10 to No.12. England’s Victoria Lust is up three places to a career-high No.14, while compatriot Jenny Duncalf falls to No.15.

Emily Whitlock moves down three spots to No.18, with Malaysia's Delia Arnold rising one place to No.17. 2007 World Champion Rachael Grinham drops out of the top 20 for only the second time in 19 years and is replaced by Joey Chan.

PSA Women’s World Rankings Top 20 - August 2016
 

Full Women's Rankings

Rank Prev

Player

Pts Ctry

1

=

Nour El Sherbini

1,638

EGY

2

=

Laura Massaro

1,510

ENG

3

↑1

Nicol David

996

MAS

4

↓1

Raneem El Welily

963

EGY

5

=

Nouran Gohar

875

EGY

6

=

Camille Serme

830

FRA

7

↑1

Omneya Abdel Kawy

748

EGY

8

↓1

Amanda Sobhy

691

USA

9

=

Joelle King

386

NZL

10

↑1

Annie Au

360

HKG

11

↑2

Alison Waters

356

ENG

12

↓2

Joshna Chinappa

356

IND

13

↓1

Sarah-Jane Perry

334

ENG

14

↑3

Victoria Lust

301

ENG

15

↓1

Jenny Duncalf

295

ENG

16

=

Nour El Tayeb

293

EGY

17

↑1

Delia Arnold

280

MAS

18

↓3

Emily Whitlock

272

ENG

19

=

Dipika Pallikal

248

IND

20

↑2

Joey Chan

228

HKG

Full Women's Rankings 


 


 

 

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