Marlborough squash player Megan Craig has reached a career-high of 41 in the latest world rankings released this week.
The 21-year-old from Blenheim jumped five places from No 46, becoming the second highest-ranked New Zealand player behind Joelle King in the process. Kiwi No 1 King also rose to a career-high by overtaking English player Alison Waters to become the world No 4. The 25-year-old from Cambridge has only Malaysia's Nicol David, England's Laura Massaro and Egypt's Raneem El Welily ahead of her.
King and Craig are the only New Zealanders inside the world top 50.
Craig's climb up the rankings comes after she made main draw at the World Championships in Malaysia last month and a semifinal appearance at the Montreal Open tournament in Canada prior to that.
She returned home following the world championships and played in the Marlborough Open last weekend, easily winning the women's title and narrowly going down to her father Grant in the men's final.
- The Marlborough Express