Nicol in form at right time before pro tour
MALAYSIA'S Nicol David needed just 23 minutes to claim her first title of the year at the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia Women's Squash Invitational.
The world No. 4 cruised past Joshna Chinappa of India 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 in the final at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Sunday to secure a timely morale booster ahead of the start of the 2016-17 Professional Squash Association Tour this month.
Chinappa, ranked 10th in the world, kept up with Nicol until 6-6 in the first set.
But eight-time world champion Nicol fought back to control the pace after that and did not let her opponent get back into the match.
Nicol was delighted to win the tournament without dropping a single set.
The tournament featured six of the leading players ranked inside the world's top 20 in place of the Malaysian Open, which was called off this year.
"I got better with each match and I executed my game plan and put the pressure early on," said Nicol who outplayed Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in the last four on Saturday.
"She (Chinappa) was also playing well. She was very confident after beating Joelle King of New Zealand (in the semi-finals) on Saturday, so I knew I had to be very sharp today."
Nicol's next assignment is the defence of her Hong Kong Open title from Aug 23-28.
ASIA NEWS NETWORK