Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nicol has busy schedule ahead of Asian Games

Nicol Ann David during CIMB Malaysian Open 2008Image via Wikipedia

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly-crowned Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nicol David will compete in two professional events before defending her Asian Games title in Guangzhou next month.
The world No. 1, who also won the Commonwealth Games mixed doubles bronze medal with Ong Beng Hee, will compete in the Torneo Bicentario International in Mexico from Oct 18-24 and the Qatar Classics (Nov 5-12).
The Asiad will be held from Nov 12-27.
In Mexico, Nicol will open her campaign against a qualifier. Also drawn in her half are fifth seed Madeline Perry of Ireland and fourth seed Alison Waters of England.
Nicol is expected to face world No. 2 and second seed Jenny Duncalf of England in the final.
The Malaysian defeated Jenny in straight sets in the Commonwealth Games final to bag the gold medal.
The 27-year-old Nicol has been is smashing form this year – remaining undefeated in seven Women’s International Squash Players Association (Wispa) tournaments.
The Penangite started the year by winning the Chennai Open in March, following by triumphs in the KL Open (March), Cayman Islands Open (April), Malaysian Open (July), Singapore Masters (July) and Hong Kong Open (August).
Last month, Nicol captured a record fifth World Open title in Egypt, having won it in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Her efforts equalled that achieved by Australian Sarah Fitz-Gerald (1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002).
Nicol, who turned pro in 2000, has bagged a total of 48 Wispa titles and, judging by her imperious form, is set to win both the tournaments in Mexico and Qatar to hit a half century of titles.
In May, Nicol bagged her seventh consecutive Asian title in Chennai and she also looks set to win her third Asian Games title after her triumph in Bangkok (1998) and Doha (2006).
She finished runner-up in the 2002 Busan Asian Games.

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