CAIRO, Sept 23 — Datuk Nicol David captured her 5th World Open squash title yesterday, in dominant fashion, securing her place in the pantheon of great squash players and edging her closer to be being the greatest female squash player ever.
Nicol, 27, was always in control in the final against Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy winning in straight games 11-5, 11-8 11-6.
Omneya was expected to give a sterner test to Nicol as she was playing in front of a home ground, but the Malaysian continued her romp to the title, winning without dropping a set in the tournament.
Omneya did take the lead in the second game, from 3-0 to 6-3, but a very assured Nicol kept to her game plan and wrapped up that set 11-8.
By the third set the signs were clear that it was turning out to be a victory lap for the Penang lass, who has dominated the women’s tour the last four years.
“My focus was strong throughout the tournament, ” she said after the match to squashsite.co.uk.
“I really wanted this. I didn’t want to let it slip.”
“”It’s amazing that I can do something that Sarah [Fitz-Gerald] has done, because she’s such a great player.”
Australian Fitz-Gerald’s five titles are now matched by Nicol.