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Joshna stands between Nicol and first title of the year


Nicol David defeats Omneya Abdel Kawy in the semi finals of the Malaysia Squash Invitational at National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

Nicol David defeats Omneya Abdel Kawy in the semi finals of the Malaysia Squash Invitational at National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil. AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star.

KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David is just a match away from securing her first title of the year.

The world No. 4 ranked Malaysian stormed into the final of the Squash Racquets Association of Malaysia (SRAM) Women’s Squash Invitational with a convincing 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 win over Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy at the National Squash Centre in Bukit Jalil on Saturday.

Nicol made a fast start and raced to a quick 7-1 win in the first game.

Her Egyptian rival, ranked eighth in the world, never had a chance to come back into the game as Nicol maintained her fiery pace to seal victory in 24 minutes.

Nicol will be up against India’s world No. 10 Joshna Chinappa in the final on Sunday. Chinappa turned the tables on world No. 9 Joelle King of New Zealand with a come-from-behind 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 win in 56 minutes.

“I really want to make sure she could not play her normal game. Omneya is strong when she is comfortable, it’s harder to stay on top and put the pressure on, so I’m pleased to play the way I played today,” said Nicol.

“I am excited to get into the final.”

Nicol is hopeful of claiming her first title win of the year although the event does not offer any PSA ranking points.

“This tournament was created to get the best players to come. You don’t get this opportunity often and it puts you in a place where you need to focus and treat it as any match.

“Any win is a good thing for me. If I perform the results will come. I am looking to a good match tomorrow,” added Nicol, who is gearing up for the start of the 2016-2017 PSA season with the defence of her Hong Kong Open title next month.

Nicol have a psychological edge over Joshna having beaten the Indian opponent in three games in a Pool A encounter on Thursday.

   

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