Sarah Kippax has been
top thirty regular for the last few years. The Englishwoman has been creeping
gradually closer to the exclusive top twenty since 2010, and finally made the
big leap in March 2011.
She played her first
WSA World Tour event back in 2002 and quickly established herself amongst the
top50 in the world, but had to endure a four year wait for her first title,
which came in 2006’s Enschede Open in the Netherlands.
Arguably her most
successful year of competition so far, came in 2008 as Kippax first came
runner-up in the Edinburgh Open, followed by winning the Swedish Open, Swiss
Open and Malmo Open, before finishing runner-up in the European Individual
Championship. Later in the year she
returned to Holland to win her second Enschede Open and the Leinster Open
Edging further towards
the top20, Kippax added the MeerSquashHeros Open to her haul in 2009, before
reaching a number of first rounds as a qualifier in more high-profile events,
such as the British Texas and World Open’s, as well as reaching the semi-finals
of both the Irish Open and the Alexandria Sporting Club Open.
In 2010, she finished
runner-up in the Dayton Open in the USA, and enjoyed quarter-final appearances
in the Greenwich Open, Cleveland Classic and Caymen Islands Open as either
unseeded or qualifier in 2011. In 2012,
Kippax saw back to back successes in the US, winning the Hamptons Squash Week
and Squash On Fire, and also made a first round appearance in the China Open.
In 2013, Kippax has
reached the semi finals twice at the Granite Open and Mayfair Open as well as
the quarter finals if the Tournament of Champions, the first round of the
Cleveland Classic and the second round of the Allam British Open where she took
the scalp of Natalie Grinham.