Career-best: Yamba’s Donna Urqhart has hit a high.
Career-best: Yamba’s Donna Urqhart has hit a high.

Donna hits an all-time high

YAMBA’S Donna Urquhart continues to set the squash world alight after another impressive showing pushed the star’s ranking higher.

Urquhart has started the 2010 campaign in much the same vein as she left off and her recent golden run has seen her become the third Australian inside the top-20 in both the latest men’s and women’s rankings.

The 23-year-old from the NSW North Coast qualified for the main draw of major tournaments in Chennai and Kuala Lumpur in March.

These efforts enabled her to join fellow NSW player Kasey Brown (10) and Queenslander Rachael Grinham (5) in the top-20.

This marked the first occasion Urquhart has ventured into this territory after telling the Examiner earlier this year it was her goal.

She finished 2009 ranked 22.

North Queensland’s Lisa Camilleri was the next best Aussie at 39, while Melbourne’s Melody Francis was up one place to a career-best 57.

Malaysia’s Nicol David, who won at both Chennai and Kuala Lumpur, kept her mortgage on the number one ranking ahead of new number two Jenny Duncalf of England, Australian-born Dutchwoman Natalie Grinham and England’s Alison Waters.

David has now been number one for 45 consecutive weeks, passing Australian great Michelle Martin who spent 44 straight weeks at the top.

In the men’s rankings Lithgow’s David Palmer stayed in the top-10 after slipping one place from number nine.

Yamba’s Cameron Pilley, who is Urquhart’s cousin, was at 15 with Canberra’s Stewart Boswell the third Australian in the top-20 at 18.

Pilley has also seen a steady increase in his ranking since ending last year on a career-high.

Ryan Cuskelly, from Evans Head in northern New South Wales, jumped two positions to 44 and is now just one spot behind Hobart’s Aaron Frankcomb as Australian number four.

Egyptian Ramy Ashour remained world number one just ahead of England’s Nick Matthew and Egyptian pair Amr Shabana and Karim Darwish.

 

April rankings

(last month in brackets):

Men

1 (1) Ramy Ashour (EGY))

2 (2) Nick Matthew (ENG)

3 (3) Amr Shabana (EGY)

4 (5) Karim Darwish (EGY)

5 (4) James Willstrop (ENG)

6 (6) Gregory Gaultier (FRA)

7 (8) Thierry Lincou (FRA))

8 (9) Peter Barker (ENG

9 (12) Daryl Selby (ENG)

10 (9) David Palmer (AUS)

 

Australians

15 (14) Cameron Pilley

18 (17) Stewart Boswell

43 (39) Aaron Frankcomb

44 (46) Ryan Cuskelly

60 (64) Scott Arnold

66 (67) Steve Finitsis

81 (85) Matthew Karwalski

83 (85) Mike Corren

86 (92) Zac Alexander

94 (117) Wade Johnstone

 

Women

1 (1) Nicol David (MAS)

2 (3) Jenny Duncalf (ENG)

3 (2) Natalie Grinham (NED)

4 (5) Alison Waters (ENG)

5 (4) Rachael Grinham (AUS)

6 (6) Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)

7 (7) Madeline Perry (IRL)

8 (9) Laura Massaro (ENG)

9 (8) Natalie Grainger (USA)

10 (10) Kasey Brown (AUS)



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