After beating teammate Low Wee Wern in the Asian Games women’s squash individual final today Datuk Nicol David is now with 5 gold medals the most successful squash player in Asian Games history. The seven-time world champion and #1 female squash player in the world took 59 minutes to win the match in four sets with 9-11, 11-6, 11-5, 12-10.
The Malaysian lady is without a doubt one of the greatest women’s squash players of all time: She is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice; in 1999 and 2001. She won the British Open title in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014, as well as the World Open title a record 7 times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Born in Penang in 1983, Nicol picked up the racket at the age of five and received coaching at the age of eight. At the age of nine she won her first silver medals both regionally and nationally. In 1994, Nicol joined the Penang state squash team for the Malaysian Games tournament and helped Penang win a gold medal in the team event. In the same year, she also won her first two international titles in Hong Kong and Scotland.
Her professional career began in 2000 when she joined the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA). Only one month later she won her first WISPA title. But that was merely the start of an unparalleled success story that finally in January 2006, at the age of 23, made her the first Asian woman to become World’s number 1 squash player.
2008 proved to be her most successful year to date: David won ten tour titles and managed to extend her unbeaten Tour record since October 2007 to 53 matches. In December she celebrated her second full calendar year as world number one in Women’s World Squash Rankings thus bringing her reign at the top of women’s squash to 30 straight months.
Today, at the of 31, Nicol David is still enthusiastic and determinated to add more trophies to her collection. In an interview given in 2012 she said she will continue playing as long as she is fit and healthy. Her dream is to play at the 2020 Olympics in London should squash be included. Chances are good that we can enjoy her powerful racket mastery for a couple of years to come.Photos: © CHEN WS/Shutterstock.com, Saravanan Alagarsamy
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