Grainger bests Alison Waters in the finals of the Burning River Classic in Cleveland, Feb. 2009
By Sarah Odell
What happens when you cross a genetic pre-disposition with an environment crafted for squash excellence? Answer: Natalie Grainger, one of the top women’s squash players in the world (she’s been # 1) and president of WISPA (the women’s professional governing body).
Natalie has great genes – her mom, Jean, was a former No. 1 player and British National Champion – and she grew up in a squash environment. Her mom and dad, a South African Civil Engineer, built the Parkview Squash Centre in South Africa, which Natalie refers to “as a second home.” Throw in that she picked up a squash racquet at 2