PUTRAJAYA: Squash queen Nicol David may have been bombarded with numerous congratulatory messages and greetings following her successful defence of her World Open title in Belfast last Sunday.
But the one she received from Putrajaya yesterday was extra special for it came from none other than Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi who told the young lady from Penang that the nation was very proud of her.
Maybe you can do it for the third time, the Prime Minister said in a telephone conversation with Nicol, who is having a short break in Amsterdam.
You are proof that Malaysians can achieve excellence, glory and distinction if they work hard enough, Abdullah told her.
He also paid tribute to Nicol's parents whose sacrifices and support had made their daughter what she is today, a world champion.
Nicol beat Australian Natalie Grinham 1-9, 9-7, 3-9, 9-5, 9-2 in a battle that lasted 98 minutes.
She described to Abdullah the struggle that she had gone through in the final in Belfast before being crowned winner.
An aide at the Prime Minister's Office said that Abdullah had been trying to contact Nicol since Tuesday to congratulate her but had encountered problems due to the time difference and only managed to speak to her yesterday. Bernama
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