WSA November World Rankings

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

1

Nicol David

MAS

2

Raneem El Weleily

EGY

3

Laura Massaro

ENG

4

Alison Waters

ENG

5

Joelle King

NZL

6

Jenny Duncalf

ENG

7

Low Wee Wern

MAS

8

Nour El Sherbini

EGY

9

Annie Au

HKG

10

Madeline Perry

IRL

11

Natalie Grinham

NED

12

Kasey Brown

AUS

13

Dipika Pallikal

IND

14

Camille Serme

FRA

15

Samantha Teran

MEX

16

Rachael Grinham

AUS

17

Donna Urquhart

AUS

18

Joey Chan

HKG

19

Jaclyn Hawkes

NZL

20

Amanda Sobhy

USA

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