Squash queen Nicol eyes March return to competition

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  • Sunday, 26 Jan 2003

PENANG: Malaysian squash sensation Nicol David is back in training and she expects to be back in contention by March. 

After a two-month break from the competitive scene, the 19-year-old Penangite moved into serious training earlier this month yesterday said that she is confident she should be back competively by March. 

“It was a good break. But despite the holiday, I did not really neglect my game,” said Nicol after witnessing the official launching of the country’s first squash academy at the Penang International Squash Centre yesterday. 

“I maintained my training to be sure that I stayed in shape to start my preparations before rejoining the professional circuit,” said Nicol who looked just as fit and trim as she did before she took her break in October after the Asian Games. 

Nicol, who has had some rocky moments since the Squash Rackets Association of Malaysia's (SRAM) decision to terminate the services of her coach Richard Glanfield last year, has not decided when exactly she would return to the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) circuit. 

However, she hinted that she could make her comeback in the United States in March. 

“I know for sure that I will not feature in the KL Open next month. As such, the American leg of the WISPA circuit looks a likely one for my return since it is to be held in March.” 

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