Nicol wins in Hong Kong and goes to the top

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  • Monday, 05 Dec 2005

HISTORY MAKER: Nicol David hoisting the World Squash Open championship trophy in Hong Kong lastnight. The victory is expected to push her ranking to World No. 1 when the new list comes out inJanuary.—STARpic by KAMAL SELLEHUDDIN

Malaysia's Nicol David capped a superb year-long run in squash by bagging the prestigious title in the World Squash Open championship in Hong Kong yesterday.  

The 22-year-old lass, currently ranked third in the world, was in devastating form as she powered to 8-10, 9-2, 9-6, 9-7 win over world No. 2 Aussie Rachael Grinham to emerge as the first Malaysian, first Asian and the youngest woman world squash champion.  

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said: “I am very proud of Nicol's achievements.” 

“Her excellent performance has elevated her to a sportsperson of distinction. Others should emulate her,” he said. 

Abdullah is also pleased that the Malaysian SEA Games contingent in Manila has surpassed its 55 gold medal target. Malaysia has 61 gold medals so far.  

For more on Nicol and the SEA Games, turn to StarSport

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