Vicky Botwright (left) Vanessa Atkinson , 2007
|Born||18 June 1977|
|Coached by||David Pearson & Paul Carter|
|Highest ranking||5 (December 2005)|
|World Open||F (2008)|
Vicky Botwright (born 18 June 1977 in Manchester, United Kingdom) is a squash coach and former professional squash player from England. She reached a career-high world ranking of World No. 5 in 2005. In 2008, she finished runner-up at the World Open, losing in the final to Nicol David 11–5, 1–11, 6–11, 9–11. Botwright was a member of the England team which won the World Team Championships in 2006.
Botwright caused a controversy which gained considerable media attention in 2004, when she announced plans to appear on court at tournaments wearing in a bikini-style outfit consisting of a sports bra and thong briefs, and posed for photographs wearing the outfit. However the Women's International Squash Players Association (WISPA), refused to grant permission for her to play in the outfit. Her popularity and fame increased after the incident, though afterwards she stated that the whole idea of "skimpy" clothing on-court was a publicity stunt dreamed up by the members of WISPA. She went on to say that she was selected as the player to wear the clothing. She also said that this was not her idea at all, and that she did not think the incident would become so infamous.
Botwright now works as a squash coach having retired from the international tour in October 2008. She continues to make appearances as a player in Premier League Squash in England.
Finals: 1 (0 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Location||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2008||Manchester, England||Nicol David||5–11, 11–1, 11–6, 11–9|
Major World Series final appearances
Qatar Classic: 1 final (0 title, 1 runner-up)
|Outcome||Year||Opponent in the final||Score in the final|
|Runner-up||2005||Vanessa Atkinson||9–7, 9–4, 9–2|
Botwright stated the following after she was defeated by Nicol David after the World Open in 2008.
What a great way to finish though, I'm definitely going to cry, but I'd like to thanks England Squash, EIS and the performance programme, they supported me even when I was rubbish ... the England girls, we were a great team, and especially my parents who supported me, shouted at me, comforted me when I needed it. And my future husband Stewart, I hope we have a happy marriage and life together.
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