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World No.1 Nicol David will be aiming to win her second title of the year in New York.
PETALING JAYA: It’s never easy for world No. 1 Nicol David to go through most of the year without winning a single Women’s Squash Association (WSA) title.
That's why winning the Malaysian Open last month was the perfect tonic for the 30-year-old Nicol as she seeks to add to her haul when she opens her campaign in the Carol Weymuller Open in New York on Thursday.
The Penangite, who lost to England’s Alison Waters in last year’s quarter-finals, has a favourable draw this time. She begins with a clash against Australia’s Donna Urquhart, who has slipped down seven rungs to No. 25 in the world.
Nicol, who had beaten the Australian three times last year, should progress to face either eighth seed Kasey Brown of Australia or India’s Dipika Pallikal in the quarter-finals.
The semi-finals is tipped to be a rematch of the Malaysian Open final as Nicol should go up against Egypt’s third seed Raneem El Weleily, who can be a party-pooper on her day.
Still, after winning the National Championships, Nicol is all set to continue her fine run at the Big Apple.
“It certainly wasn’t easy seeing the other players notch up wins over me this year,” Nicol admitted after her Malaysian Open triumph.
“But winning the Malaysian Open was just the boost I needed, especially since it was in front of my home fans.
“With all the disappointments from the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) decision on squash for the 2020 Games, I just want to put all that behind me and continue to show that squash will only continue to step up.
“The next step now is just to keep the consistency, which is always the hardest part of being a squash player.”
Besides Nicol, national No. 2 Low Wee Wern is also in the fray and she faces a qualifier in the first round.
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