The Women’s Squash Association is delighted to announce that the top eight players in the World Series ranking will join the men at the ATCO PSA World Series Finals in January 2012.
To be held between January 4th and 8th at the prestigious Queen’s Club in West London, one of the most renowned venues in the world for racquet sports, it will be a fitting climax to an exciting year for squash.
With PSA and WSA, the professional tours for the men’s and women’s game, now working in ever-increasing harmony, the sport is making dramatic progress in television coverage, venue presentation, international distribution, prize-money and audience numbers, especially in its elite World Series events.
WSA and PSA have also formed a powerful triumvirate with the world governing body, the WSF, in a bid for squash to be included in the Olympic Programme for the 2020 Olympic Games; a bid that is being noticeably strengthened by the significant recent progress in the sport.
The ATCO PSA World Series Finals at The Queen’s Club is a perfect illustration of the new strength of the game.
Joining the world’s best men, will be a stunning array of the very best in the women’s game who qualified in the following World Series order:
- Nicol David from Malaysia, world number 1, 6 times world champion and the holder of 57 WSA titles.
- England’s Jenny Duncalf, ranked 2 in the world, with 9 tour victories.
- Madeline Perry of Ireland, world number 4 and winner of this year’s CIMB Singapore Open.
- Australian Rachael Grinham, with 31 career titles and ranked number 6 in the world.
- Laura Massaro from England, WSA’s Player of the Year for 2011, ranked at number 3 in the world and this year’s winner at the Cleveland Classic and the US Open.
- France’s Camille Serme, ranked world number 10 and the winner of her 6th WSA title at the World Tour Pyramids in Paris.
- Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern, a career-high world number 11 and the winner of this year’s China Open.
- Donna Urquhart from Australia, the winner of 6 career titles, including this year’s Indian Challenger, ranked 14 in the world.
WSA Chairman and acting CEO, Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer, is relishing the prospect of the world’s best women joining the men at the ATCO PSA World Series Finals, making this tournament one of the year’s most prestigious events. A big ‘thank you’ must go to the title sponsors and PSA, who have worked tirelessly to make the addition of a women’s event possible.