WSA World Tour

01.11.2012

King Breaks Into Top5

An excellent October for Joelle King has seen the Kiwi rise seven places in the WSA World Tour November rankings to occupy the No.5 spot. 

The 24-year-old from Cambridge, New Zealand has enjoyed a remarkable run of form in the past month.  Not only did she claim the Macau Open as top seed, but was just six-points away from upsetting top seed Nicol David as a qualifier in the World Series Delaware Investments U.S. Open semi-final in Philadelphia a week earlier.  She capped off the best run of her career to date as seventh seed in last week’s China Open where she beat higher seeds Annie Au and Alison Waters before losing out to returning champion Low Wee Wern in the final.

King is the first Kiwi to reach the WSA World Tour top 5 since former world No.1 Carol Owens.  Shelley Kitchen also came close, reaching No.6 in September 2008.

Englishwoman Alison Waters has more reason to celebrate after her fourth consecutive rise up the rankings sees her occupy the world No.4 spot, which she last held back in September 2010.  The right-hander from Middlesex has continued to play above her seeding since returning from an Achilles injury at the beginning of the year.  She qualified for the main draw of the U.S Open to reach the quarter-finals before falling to Nicol David, and lost out to King in the semi’s of the China Open. 

Also joining top level movers is Low Wee Wern, who moves closer to her national compatriot Nicol David as she jumps to world No.7, her highest ever ranking.  The Malaysian gained the biggest title win of her career last week after winning the China Open for the second time, following the competition’s recent upgrade to a WSA Gold event.

Also in the Top10, Raneem El Weleily retakes the No.2 spot from Laura Massaro after beating the Englishwoman in the U.S Open semi's.  Jenny Duncalf moves down to six, whilst Nour El Sherbini andAnnie Au and Madeline Perry all move down three places to accomodate the rising trio.  

Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy has enjoyed a return to her form that once saw her reach No.4 in the world, following some impressive the results in the Far East.  As eighth seed, she finished runner-up in the Macau Open, before reaching the quarters in China as a qualifier.  The 27-year-old from Giza has risen six places this month to sit at No.22.  Just below her at No.23, Aisling Blake sits one place off the highest ranking she reached exactly two years ago, moving up three places.

Joshana Chinappa is the highest mover inside the top 50 after a Macau semi-final appearance as qualifier, and winning the Penang Open title saw the Indian jump 19 places to No.32. 

Sarah-Jane Perry jumps ten places to No.35, her highest world ranking, following her Pyramid International title win in New York last week.  Queensland Open winner Amanda Landers-Murphy also jumps four places to gain her career best ranking of 42.  Kylie Lindsayand Liu Tsz-Ling reach highest rankings for the second consecutive month, reaching No.34 and 37 respectively. 

 

RANK

PLAYER

COUNTRY

Prev Pos

CHANGE

TOTAL

PLAYED 
(12 MONTHS)

AVERAGE

 

1

Nicol David

MAS

1

 

27985.00

10

3292.353

Track

2

Raneem El Weleily

EGY

3

?

16245.00

10

1911.176

Track

3

Laura Massaro

ENG

2

?

13327.00

10

1567.882

Track

4

Alison Waters

ENG

8

?

9973.00

12

1049.789

Track

5

Joelle King

NZL

12

?

9811.50

12

1032.789

Track

6

Jenny Duncalf

ENG

4

?

8775.00

10

1032.353

Track

7

Low Wee Wern

MAS

9

?

10305.00

13

1030.500

Track

8

Nour El Sherbini

EGY

5

?

8121.25

9

1015.156

Track

9

Annie Au

HKG

6

?

9502.00

13

950.200

Track

10

Madeline Perry

IRL

7

?

7349.00

13

734.900

Track

11

Natalie Grinham

NED

10

?

5785.00

9

723.125

Track

12

Kasey Brown

AUS

11

?

6914.00

13

691.400

Track

13

Dipika Pallikal

IND

14

?

6535.75

12

687.974

Track

14

Camille Serme

FRA

13

?

6385.00

12

672.105

Track

15

Samantha Teran

MEX

16

?

5997.50

12

631.316

Track

16

Rachael Grinham

AUS

15

?

5739.75

14

546.643

Track

17

Donna Urquhart

AUS

17

 

6392.50

18

491.731

Track

18

Joey Chan

HKG

18

 

4585.00

12

482.632

Track

19

Jaclyn Hawkes

NZL

19

 

4048.00

11

449.778

Track

20

Amanda Sobhy

USA

21

?

3138.00

9

392.250

Track

 

 

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