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Monday, February 28, 2011

Nicol led the World Cup challenge in Chennai

CHENNAI - world squash champion Datuk Nicol David will lead the Malaysian challenge in the World Cup mixed team here from 8 to 12 March.

Consultant Trainer for the Squash Federation of India (SRFI), Major (rtd) S. Maniam said, Nicol the world's leading and the other 10 players will participate in the tournament, which last hosted by Malaysia in 1996.

"So far nine countries have confirmed participation," he said yesterday.
He said the country will take part were Australia, Egypt, England, France, India, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Maniam, a former coach of Malaysia, said the preliminary rounds will be held at the Squash Academy India, while the finals will take place in a glass court at a shopping mall here.

Biennial tournament will offer prize money of U.S. $ 50,000 (RM152, 675).

Who's Datuk Nicol David?

Datuk Nicol Ann David is a player squash professional women's ethnic Malaysia. She is the first Asian woman to be ranked # 1 in the world women's squash.

She has won the British Open in 2005, 2006 and 2008, and also the title of the World Open in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Nicol is the first squash player to win the World Junior Squash Championships twice (in 1999 and 2000) under the guidance of Richard Glanfield .

She remains the only female squash player to do so, until Raneem El Weleily match her achievement; after won both the World Junior Championships in 2007.

Nicol joined WISPA and achieve professional status in 2000 when she won her maiden WISPA title just a month after the investment.

The victory was achieved in February when she beat Salma Shabana in the final round of the Open Savcor Finland.

On June 7, 2008, David Nicol was awarded the Bakti Degrees title after the birthday of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin .

Nicol was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the preparation of the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 as well appointed as National Goodwill Ambassador of Malaysia by the UNDP .

Nicol David Among other achievements, including the Asian Squash Championships which she won seven times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010).

She also defended championship after championship for 13 months and 51 games started in March 2006 until she lost it at the hands of Natalie Grinham in the Seoul Open in April 2007.

Nicol also won Player of the WISPA six times in a row, from 2005 to 2010.

Get more details about her from Wikipedia.

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