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Published: Wednesday February 6, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 17, 2013 MYT 1:39:36 AM

Nicol out for a high in Ohio

Nicol David (right) in action against Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily during the CIMB Malaysian
Open final in Mutiara Damansara last September.

Nicol David (right) in action against Egypt’s Raneem El Weleily during the CIMB Malaysian Open final in Mutiara Damansara last September.

KUALA LUMPUR: Seven-time world champion Nicol David is just a match away from winning a record 65th title in the Cleveland Classic squash tournament in Ohio, the United States.

The Penangite, who defended her World Series Finals title in London last month, faced a strong challenge from eighth seed Madeline Perry of Ireland before winning 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 in 50 minutes in the semi-finals at the Cleveland Racquet Club. It was the first time Nicol dropped a set in the tournament.

Nicol, the world No. 1 since August 2006, will face second seed Raneem El Weleily of Egypt in the final.

The 24-year-old Raneem had an easier time, beating Alison Waters of England 11-9, 11-9, 11-5.

Nicol has only lost once – in the final of the Malaysian Open last September – to Raneem in 10 meetings. The Malaysian, however, avenged the defeat by beating Raneem in the final of the US Open a month later.

Nicol, who will turn 30 on Aug 26, is expecting a tough match against Raneem.

“I have to be wary of Raneem as she has improved a lot. I will have to raise the level of my game,” said Nicol.

Tags / Keywords: Others, Sport, Squash, Sport, Nicol David, a match away of a record, 65th title

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