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Nicol David


Datuk Nicol Ann David (born 26 August 1983) is a Malaysian female professional squash player. She is currently ranked world number 2 in women's squash, and is the first Asian woman to achieve this. As of July 2015, Nicol is still the world’s no.1 player for 108 consecutive months, since August 2006.[1] She has won the World Open title a record 8 times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, as well as the British Open title in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014.

David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice; in 1999 and 2001 under the tutelage of Richard Glanfield. She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this, until Raneem El Weleily emulated David's feat by winning her second World Junior Championship in 2007. David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000 when she won her first WISPA title, after only a month on the tour. The victory came in February, when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open. On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B. in conjunction with the birthday of the His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. David was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics in 2004 and being appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia.

Considered by some to be one of the greatest women's squash players of all time,[2][3][4] David's other notable achievements include the Asian Squash Championship, which she won a record nine times (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2015). She also held a 13-month, 51-match winning streak, from March 2006 until April 2007, when she finally lost to Natalie Grinham in the final of the 2007 Seoul Open. David has also obtained the WSA Player of the Year on seven occasions, 2005-2010 and 2012.

Personal life

Born in Penang,[5] David is the daughter of Ann Marie David, a retired Malaysian Chinese school teacher, and Desmond David, a Malaysian Indian[6] engineer,[7] who is also a former state athlete and footballer.[8][9] She has two sisters, Lianne and Cheryl,[10] both of whom are accomplished squash players at the national level.[11] As a youngster, mathematics was David's best subject at school;[12] she dreamed of one day becoming an engineer.[12] Her primary education was at Sekolah Kebangsaan Convent Green Lane (Convent Green Lane Primary School). David scored seven A's for her Penilaian Menengah Rendah and obtained seven A's in her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (the equivalent to GCSE), which she studied at Convent Green Lane Secondary School in Green Lane, Penang.[13][14] She was raised a Roman Catholic.

Awards and recognition

On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B.[15] in conjunction with the birthday of His Majesty Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin.[16] She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975.[16] The award is limited to 10 recipients who have made significant contributions in the arts, sciences and the humanities.[15][16]

On 12 July 2008, David was among 497 people honoured in conjunction with the 70th birthday of the Penang State Governor Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas.[17] David was also one of the 28 people who received the Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri award (DSPN),[18] which carries the title Datuk, making her the youngest person ever to be conferred Datukship in Penang.[17] The former Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, a fellow Penangite,[19] once quipped that David is "now more famous than me".[8] In July 2007, David received Master of Arts honoris causa; an honorary degree by the University of Nottingham.[13] David has also obtained the WISPA Player of the Year on six consecutive occasions, from 2005 until 2010.[20]

David was given the honour of carrying the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics of 2004,[21][22] and was appointed UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia.[23]

Squash career

Pre–2000: Junior years

A man in a red shirt holds a microphone while a young woman in a yellow shirt holding a racket sticks her tongue out.
Nicol Ann David during CIMB Malaysian Open Squash 2008 in Kuala Lumpur.

David played squash when she was five years old, and received coaching at the age of eight.[12] While training at the Bukit Dumbar Squash Centre, David was talent spotted by Ee Phoeh Hoon,[24] who led her to represent her home state of Penang, along with her sisters.[11] David's squash career began in 1992 when she won silver in the Under-14 category of the Penang State Junior Championship.[25] Her first national level victory was also in 1992 at the Milo-Dunlop Sport National Junior Interstate Championship, where she won silver in the Under-16 category.[25] In 1994, David was chosen to join the Penang state squash team for the Malaysian Games (SUKMA) tournament where she helped Penang win a gold medal in the team event, despite being ill at the time.[7] In the same year, she won her first two international titles – the Hong Kong U-13 and the Scottish Junior Open Under-12.[25]

David won the Women's World Junior Squash Championships of 1999 in Antwerp, Belgium, making her the youngest woman to become the world junior champion at the age of 15.[26] In the process, she defeated three players ranked in the world top 20.[26] She successfully defended the title in Penang in 2001, becoming one of only two players in the history of squash to have won it twice;[27][28] her coach was Richard Glanfield.[29]

In 1999, David began to win major junior tournaments, including the British Junior Open (Under-17 champion),[30] the German Junior Open (Under-19, Champion),[7] the SEA Games (Champion in the Senior and Team categories),[7] and the Asian Junior Champion for both individual and team events.[31]

David's biggest win, however, was the World Junior Championships, played in Antwerp. It took just half an hour for the then 15-year-old Malaysian schoolgirl to obtain world junior champion status when she beat compatriot Leong Siu Lynn 9–5, 9–3 and 9–2 in the final of the women's individual event to become the youngest ever winner of the title.[7][26] David reached the quarterfinals of the previous World Junior Championships in August 1997 in Brazil, as a thirteen-year-old and has since claimed both the Asian junior and senior titles, as well as the gold medal in the Asian Games in December 1998.[26] David also is one of a few squash player to have won all the age categories in the British Junior Open.[30]

2000–2004: Early professional career

A female squash player in a bluish top throws back her head in annoyance while another squash player in a purple top and a white headband walks by
Nicol David and New Zealander Shelley Kitchen during the 2007 CIMB Malaysian Open.

David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000[7][32] when she won her first WISPA title, after only a month in the tour.[33] The victory came in February, when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open with a score of 9–1, 9–0 and 9–5.[33] Within a month, Hotel Equatorial announced its two-year worldwide sponsorship for her.[31] David also won a sponsorship on the WISPA tour by Dunlop squash.[25]

In 2001, David, who has played under Dunlop Sport sponsorship for most of her junior career and WISPA career, signed a two-year deal to play with Head rackets with local conglomerate Mulpha Sports.[34] In July, David won the World Junior title for a second time, beating Omneya Abdel Kawy in just 17 minutes with a score of 9–2, 9–4 and 9–2 in the final.[28] She remained the only female squash player to have achieved this until 2007, when Raneem El Weleily won her second World Junior Championship.[27][35] David also won the individual event in the Asian Junior Squash Championships by defeating her compatriot Tricia Chuah in the final with a score of 9–5, 9–6 and 9–0; and helped the Malaysian team to the team event title.[36]

In 2002 David, together with her mixed double event partner Ong Beng Hee, won a Commonwealth Games silver medal for Malaysia after losing to Glen Wilson and Leilani Rorani in the final.[37] Earlier in the year, David defeated Ellen Petersen of Denmark with a score of 9–2, 9–7, 8–10, 9–4 to win the second Kuala Lumpur Open title of her career.[38] David failed to retain her Asian Games gold medal in 2002, when she lost 9–7, 9–5 and 9–7 to Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong in the final in Busan, South Korea.[39]

David was the losing finalist twice in 2003, losing to the more experienced Cassie Jackman on her home ground and then to Linda Elriani in the Monte Carlo Classic in November.[40] She reached the semi-final of the World Open in Hong Kong, losing to Cassie Jackman with a score of 9–6, 9–3, 9–4 in the final.[41] David did not perform well in the other major WISPA events; she was eliminated in the first round of the Carol Weymuller US Open,[42] in the British Open[43] and in the Texas Open.[44] In the Qatar Classic Open, David lost in the second round to Natalie Grinham with a score of 9–2, 7–9, 9–0 and 9–4.[45]

In 2004 David again failed to win any title. Her achievements included getting into the final of both the Kuala Lumpur Open[46] and the Malaysian Open.[47] David started to progress in the very last month of the year by reaching the final of the Shanghai WISPA WorldStars Championship[48] and the semi-finals of the World Open,[49] to rise two places to number four in the January 2005 WISPA rankings.[50]

2005–2006: World champion and rise to the top

With one hand, David clutches a large red bundle containing a bouquet of flowers, and with the other, holds up a large trophy with a hexagonal base.
Nicol Ann David holding her CIMB Malaysian Squash Open 2007 trophy.

Defeated only twice in 2005, the 21-year-old from Penang returned to her home country in July after winning the gold medal at the World Games in Germany .[51] she then became the first local player to win the Women's CIMB Malaysian Open Squash Championship title in the event’s 31-year history.[52] In October, David proved that her success in the World Games and in the Malaysian Open was not by chance by becoming the first Malaysian to win a British Open title, the first Asian to win the women's crown, when she beat Australia's Natalie Grinham in the women's final in straight games that lasted in 55 minutes.[53] Within two months after the British Open and the World Games win, David won the World Open in Hong Kong for the first time and world number one ranking for the first time in January 2006. Later in the year, she was voted by her fellow members of the Women's International Squash Players Association as the WISPA Player of The Year 2005.[54] David became the World's number 1 female squash player in January 2006 at the age of 23 to become the first Malaysian and the first Asian woman to be ranked World number 1 in the sport.[55][56] She also became the twelfth holder of the position since the rankings were first produced in April 1983.[56] David started the year on a low, losing twice to Vanessa Atkinson in February, in the Apawamis Open[57] and in the Kuala Lumpur Open,[58] both in the final. The two straight loses to Atkinson saw David's world rank dropped to number 2.[59] David started to show progress later in the year and recovered from the setback to win six straight tour titles and reclaimed the World number 1 spot.[60] David successfully defended her World Open title on 25 November 2006, at the Ulster Hall in Belfast by defeating Natalie Grinham in the final that was said to be "one of the great finals of the Women’s World Open".[61] She became the first Malaysian athlete to win a world championship title for the second consecutive time, and the fourth person in history to retain the World Open Squash Championship.[62] David also captured the Qatar Airways Challenge Open,[63] the Dunlop British Open Championship,[64] the Hong Kong Open,[65] the Penang Open[66] and the CIMB Malaysian Open.[67] David topped the December WISPA ranking with a points average of almost twice that of her nearest rival, Rachael Grinham,[68] and in the same month, in the second annual WISPA Awards, she was voted best female player of the year for the second time.[69]

2007–2008: Winning streak and dominance

A teammate in a dark blue uniform jumps up while David passes the ball to her.
Nicol returning the ball to Jenny Duncalf at the 2007 CIMB Open at National Squash Complex, Bukit Jalil, Selangor.

David captured another six titles in the early months of 2007, then lost the final of the British Open to Australian Rachael Grinham in a five set final lasting 87 minutes.[70] A month later, David again failed to defend her World Open title when she stumbled in the second round, losing to Shelley Kitchen with a score of 0–9, 1–9, 9–2, 9–3 and 6–9 in 69 minutes.[71] It was the first time since April 2004 that David did not qualify for the quarters of a tournament, losing to the same person who denied her the bronze medal of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 9 months previously.[72] In December, David won the inaugural Asian Sportswoman of the Year, beating more than 100 competitors who represented 25 sporting bodies.[73]

In 2008, David won ten tour titles and was unbeaten.[74] David completed her most successful year to date, retaining her Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open title[75] for the third successive year in November to bring her 2008 WISPA World Tour title total to ten, extending her unbeaten Tour record since October 2007 to 53 matches.[75][76] David celebrated her second full calendar year as world number one in the December Women's World Squash Rankings thus bringing her reign at the top of women’s squash to 30 straight months.[77] David's WISPA title successes in 2008 began with the Apawamis Open in New York in February,[78] and continued with the KL Open on home soil in Malaysia,[79] the British Open title in England,[80] Seoul Open in Korea,[81] Malaysian Open,[82] the Singapore Masters,[83] Dutch Open,[84] World Open in England,[85] Qatar Classic[86] and the Hong Kong Open.[75] Away from the tour, David secured her sixth successive biennial Asian Championship crown in February, after winning the first in July 1998 when aged just 14,[87] and then lead Malaysia to the bronze medal in the Women's World Team Championship in Cairo.[88]

2009–present: Achieving records

A young female squash player in white, stretching out to get her racket under a low ball, on a blue court with yellow markings, in front of a large, out-of-focus crowd behind glass.
Nicol Ann David in action on the sixth day of the 2009 Hong Kong Open.

An indoor squash-court; a female player in light blue sportswear, a short pleated skirt, balancing for a shot, facing the camera and mostly obscuring her partner who is behind her. Both their rackets are at knee level on their left. A crowd is in the background, behind glass.
Nicol Ann David in action on the seventh day of the 2009 Hong Kong Open.

A young woman in a white-and-pink shirt and a red headband hoists a large squarish trophy, which has four pillars and a figurine at top.
Nicol Ann David holding her CIMB Malaysian Squash Open 2009 trophy.

With a lead over her nearest rival, she led in the Women's World Squash Rankings published on 1 January 2009 by the Women's International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) – thus moving into her 30th successive month as the world’s number one female player. David headed an unchanged top four, with Natalie Grinham (Netherlands) at No. 2; her older sister Rachael Grinham (Australia) at No. 3; and Natalie Grainger, of the United States, at No. 4.[77] In her first tournament of the year, the Kuala Lumpur Open, David's 17-month, 56-match winning run was brought to an end when she lost to Natalie Grainger in the final.[89] After the defeat, David recovered to capture the inaugural Cayman Islands Open. She managed to avenge her loss to Grainger early in the year by beating her 11–8, 11–6 and 11–5 in the final. It is her 35th tour crown and her 50th appearance in a WISPA Tour final.[90] A week later, David went on to win her second title of the year by again dispatching Grainger, this time in four sets.[91]

Twenty-one days after winning the Texas Open title, David captured her second Seoul City Open crown by defeating Jenny Duncalf in four sets.[92] A month later, on 24 July, she retained her World Games women's singles title with a win over arch rival Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands in straight sets.[93][94] A week later, on 1 August, David picked up her fifth consecutive Malaysian Open title, winning 11–6, 11–8, 9–11, 11–7 in a 60-minute match against 25-year-old Londoner, Alison Waters. David thus became the first player to win five Malaysian Open titles in a row since its inception in 1975.[95]

Dominating on the squash courts, David beat Natalie Grinham to win her third consecutive Singapore Masters championship, and her third title within a month.[96] She overcame Natalie in three sets with a score of 11–9, 11–8 and 11–9 for her fifth WISPA title of the year.[96] David celebrated another milestone in her squash career by moving into her 41st month as world number one in the September Women's World Rankings thus surpassing her mentor Sarah Fitz-Gerald as the player with the third longest ever reign at the top of the women's rankings.[97] On 12 September, David lost to Madeline Perry in the British Open quarter-final in a five set match that lasted for 76 minutes; 15 days later, she recovered to defeat arch-rival Natalie Grinham in the final of the World Open Championship, obtaining the title for a record fourth time.[98] David ended the year on a low when she lost in the semis to Jenny Duncalf in both the Qatar Classic and the US Open, the former ending in five sets.[99]

David started 2010 ranked number 1 for the 42nd consecutive month.[100] She appeared in the WISPA calendar for the month of January.[101] David competed in her first tournament in March, the US$53,000 Chennai Open;[102] she won all her matches in straight sets and was crowned as the champion, avenging two straight defeats to Jenny Duncalf in late 2009.[103] Thirteen days later, in the Kuala Lumpur Open, David defeated the fourth seeded Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy who upset second seed Jenny Duncalf in the semi-finals in straight sets to win her second successive WISPA title of the year.[104] It was David's sixth title in the Kuala Lumpur Open tournament as she had previously won it in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008.[105]

David had won five more tour titles since April. This include winning the "prestigious"[106][107][108] World Open title on 22 September.[109] The World Open win was David fifth thus equalling Sarah Fitz-Gerald's record for the most times World Open win.[110] In October, in the women's singles final of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, David defeated Jenny Duncalf 11–3, 11–5, 11–7 in 40 minutes to win the gold medal. David did not drop a game in the entire tournament, just as she did in the 2010 World Open in Egypt.[111]

Nicol David added another feather to her cap, becoming the first player – male or female – to win the US Open for the third straight year. The 31-year-old Nicol, a seven-time world champion and five-time British Open winner, exacted sweet revenge over Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini to win the US$115,000 (RM374,000) tournament in Philadelphia.[112]

Rivalry between David and Natalie Grinham

David and Natalie Grinham have a long rivalry history. As of March 2012, they have met 36 times, with David leading their overall head-to-head series 29–7.[113][114] Grinham is David's most frequent opponent on tour[114] and 16 of their matches have been in tournament finals, including two in the World Open tournament.[113] The World Open 2006 final between David and Grinham was said to be "one of the great finals of the Women’s World Open".[61]

The longest match between the duo is in the 2007 CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open; which saw David went on to win in a five set match that lasted in 102 minutes. David won 6–9, 9–3, 9–6, 7–9, 9–6.[115] On 27 September 2009 in the $118,000[116] 2009 Women's World Open final,[98] David won the match in four sets 3–11, 11–6, 11–3, 11–8 to become only the third player in the history of the championships to win four titles, alongside Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald and New Zealander Susan Devoy.[116]

Career statistics

WISPA titles (79)

All results for David in WISPA World Tour tournaments:[117][118]

Legend
WISPA Platinum Series (12)
WISPA Gold Series (50)
WISPA Silver Series (12)
WISPA Tour Series (5)
No. Date Tournament Opponent in Final Score in Final Length (H:MM)[b]
1. 28 February 2000 Savcor Finnish Open Salma Shabana 9–1, 9–0, 9–5 Unknown
2. 30 July 2000 Kuala Lumpur Open (1) Elin Blikra 9–2, 9–5, 9–5 0:32[119]
3. 3 February 2002 Kuala Lumpur Open (2) Ellen Petersen 9–2, 9–7, 8–10, 9–4 Unknown
4. 6 February 2005 Kuala Lumpur Open (3) Annelize Naudé 9–4, 9–2, 9–0 0:19[120]
5. 12 March 2005 Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open (1) Natalie Grainger 4–9, 9–6, 9–7, 10–8 0:45[121]
6. 5 June 2005 Dutch Open (1) Linda Elriani 4–9, 2–9, 9–3, 9–3, 9–3 Unknown
7. 30 July 2005 Malaysian Women's Open (1) Vanessa Atkinson 3–9, 9–3, 1–9, 9–1, 9–4 0:52[122]
8. 17 October 2005 British Open (1) Natalie Grinham 9–6, 9–7, 9–6 0:55[123]
9. 30 October 2005 Carol Weymuller Open (1) Natalie Grinham 5–9, 9–6, 9–4, 9–3 1:00[124]
10. 4 December 2005 World Open (1) Rachael Grinham 8–10, 9–2, 9–6, 9–7 0:53[125]
11. 9 July 2006 Qatar Airways Challenge Open Rachael Grinham 4–9, 9–5, 9–0, 9–0 0:54[126]
12. 30 July 2006 Malaysian Women's Open (2) Tania Bailey 9–4, 9–6, 2–9, 5–9, 9–3 1:25[127]
13. 5 August 2006 Penang Open Rachael Grinham 9–6, 9–6, 5–9, 9–3 0:55[128]
14. 18 September 2006 British Open (2) Rachael Grinham 9–4, 9–1, 9–4 0:41[129]
15. 22 October 2006 Hong Kong Open (1) Tania Bailey 9–2, 10–8, 9–5 0:41[130]
16. 26 November 2006 World Open (2) Natalie Grinham 1–9, 9–7, 3–9, 9–5, 9–2 1:38[62]
17. 17 March 2007 Kuala Lumpur Open (4) Natalie Grinham 6–9, 9–3, 9–6, 7–9, 9–6 1:42[131]
18. 11 April 2007 Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open (2) Natalie Grinham 9–6, 10–8, 2–9, 9–1 1:33[132]
19. 17 April 2007 Qatar Classic (1) Natalie Grinham 9–7, 2–9, 9–7, 9–2 1:09[133]
20. 28 July 2007 Malaysian Open (3) Tania Bailey 9–4, 9–3, 9–2 0:36[134]
21. 4 August 2007 Singapore Masters (1) Natalie Grinham 9–6, 9–5, 9–5 0:54[135]
22. 2 September 2007 Dutch Open (2) Rachael Grinham 9–4, 9–1, 9–6 0:34[136]
23. 3 November 2007 Qatar Classic (2) Natalie Grainger 9–6, 9–4, 10–9 0:43[137]
24. 11 November 2007 Hong Kong Open (2) Natalie Grinham 9–3, 9–5, 10–8 0:58[138]
25.[a] 4 February 2008 Apawamis Squash Open Natalie Grinham 9–1, 9–6, 6–6 (ret) 0:45[78]
26. 8 March 2008 Kuala Lumpur Open (5) Natalie Grinham 9–4, 9–2, 9–2 0:35[79]
27. 12 May 2008 British Open (3) Jenny Duncalf 9–1, 10–8, 9–0 0:40[80]
28. 7 June 2008 Seoul City Open (1) Rachael Grinham 9–5, 10–9, 9–6 0:41[81]
29.[c] 26 July 2008 Malaysian Open (4) Natalie Grinham 11–1, 11–4, 11–6 0:31[82]
30. 2 August 2008 Singapore Masters (2) Rachael Grinham 8–11, 11–3, 11–5, 11–8 0:39[83]
31. 7 September 2008 Dutch Open (3) Natalie Grinham 11–9, 11–9, 11–4 0:55[84]
32. 19 October 2008 World Open (3) Vicky Botwright 5–11, 11–1, 11–6, 11–9 0:44[85]
33. 31 October 2008 Qatar Classic (3) Natalie Grinham 11–7, 11–3, 11–9 0:29[86]
34. 23 November 2008 Hong Kong Open (3) Rachael Grinham 14–12, 11–13, 11–8, 11–8 0:53[75]
35. 10 May 2009 Cayman Islands Open (1) Natalie Grainger 11–8, 11–6, 11–5 0:33[139]
36. 17 May 2009 Texas Open Natalie Grainger 7–11, 12–10, 11–5, 11–6 0:39[91]
37. 7 June 2009 Seoul City Open (2) Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 3–11, 11–6, 11–4 0:38[92]
38. 1 August 2009 Malaysian Open (5) Alison Waters 11–6, 11–8, 9–11, 11–7 1:00[140]
39. 8 August 2009 Singapore Masters (3) Natalie Grinham 11–9, 11–8, 11–9 0:40[96]
40. 27 September 2009 World Open (4) Natalie Grinham 3–11, 11–6, 11–3, 11–8 0:51[98]
41. 18 October 2009 Hong Kong Open (4) Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–4, 11–7, 11–7 0:25[141]
42. 7 March 2010 Chennai Open Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 11–4, 11–6 0:25[142]
43. 20 March 2010 Kuala Lumpur Open (6) Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–4, 11–2, 13–11 0:31[143]
44. 17 April 2010 Cayman Islands Open (2) Jenny Duncalf 11–8, 11–8, 11–4 0:32[144]
45. 24 July 2010 Malaysian Open (6) Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 6–11, 11–7, 10–12, 11–5 1:12[145]
46. 31 July 2010 Singapore Masters (4) Alison Waters 18–16, 11–9, 12–10 1:03[146]
47. 27 August 2010 Hong Kong Open (5) Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 12–10, 12–10 0:40[147]
48. 22 September 2010 World Open (5) Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–5, 11–8, 11–6 0:30[109]
49. 24 October 2010 Torneo International Bicentenario Mexico Rachael Grinham 12–10, 11–4, 11–5 0:35[148]
50. 12 November 2010 Qatar Classic (4) Rachael Grinham 11–5, 11–8, 11–9 0:34[149]
51. 20 March 2011 Kuala Lumpur Open (7) Madeline Perry 11–6, 11–6, 11–2 0:34[150]
52. 9 April 2011 Cayman Islands Open (3) Jenny Duncalf 11–7, 11–6, 12–14, 11–4 0:59[151]
53. 23 July 2011 Malaysian Open (7) Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 12–10, 11–5 0:42[152]
54. 14 August 2011 Australian Open (1) Jenny Duncalf 11–8, 11–4, 11–6 0:36[153]
55. 21 October 2011 Qatar Classic (5) Madeline Perry 11–2, 11–7, 11–3 0:33
56. 6 November 2011 World Open (6) Jenny Duncalf 11–2, 11–5, 11–0 0:28[154]
57. 20 November 2011 Hong Kong Open (6) Raneem El Weleily 11–5, 11–4, 11–9 0:30
58. 8 January 2012 World Series Finals (1) Madeline Perry 11–9, 11–9, 11–9 0:40
59. 1 February 2012 Cleveland Classic (1) Laura Massaro 7–11, 12–10, 11–7, 11–8 0:57
60. 31 March 2012 Kuala Lumpur Open (8) Annie Au 11–4, 12–10, 11–9 0:36
61. 20 May 2012 British Open (4) Nour El Sherbini 11–6, 11–6, 11–6 0:33
62. 19 August 2012 Australian Open (2) Laura Massaro 17–15, 11–2, 11–6 0:44
63. 12 October 2012 US Open (1) Raneem El Weleily 14–12, 8–11, 11–7, 11–7 0:45
64. 2 December 2012 Hong Kong Open (7) Camille Serme 11–9, 11–6, 8-11, 11–7 0:58
65. 22 December 2012 World Open (7) Laura Massaro 11–6, 11–8, 11–6 0:44[155]
66. 6 January 2013 World Series Finals (2) Laura Massaro 11–3, 11–2, 11–9 0:37
67. 15 September 2013 Malaysian Open (8) Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 11–7, 11–6 0:34
68. 6 October 2013 Carol Weymuller Open (2) Camille Serme 12–10, 11–2, 11–5 Unknown
69. 18 October 2013 US Open (2) Laura Massaro 13–11, 11–13, 7–11, 11–8, 11–5 1:24
70. 27 October 2013 China Open Raneem El Weleily 8–11, 6–11, 11–7, 11–7, 11–8 0:45
71. 8 December 2013 Hong Kong Open (8) Raneem El Weleily 11–7, 11–7, 12–10 0:35
72. 24 January 2014 Tournament of Champions Laura Massaro 11–4, 13–11, 11–8 0:45
73. 4 February 2014 Cleveland Classic (2) Annie Au 13–11, 11–5, 11–6 0:35
74. 18 May 2014 British Open (5) Laura Massaro 8–11, 11–5, 11–7, 11–8 1:04
75. 31 August 2014 Hong Kong Open (9) Nour El Tayeb 11–4, 12–10, 11–8 0:39
76. 18 October 2014 US Open (3) Nour El Sherbini 11–5, 12–10, 12–10 0:41
77. 26 October 2014 Macau Open Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 11–2, 11–8
78. 20 December 2014 World Open (8) Raneem El Weleily 5–11, 11–8, 7–11, 14–12, 11–5 1:06
79. 6 February 2015 Cleveland Classic (3) Raneem El Weleily 11–5, 11–9, 11–4

WISPA finals (runner-up) (20)

No. Date Tournament Opponent in Final Score in Final Length (H:MM)[b]
1. 19 April 1998 Milo Open (1) Janie Thacker 5–9, 4–9 (ret) Unknown
2. 4 July 1999 Kuala Lumpur Open (1) Carol Owens 0–9, 2–9, 5–9 Unknown
3. 16 April 2000 Milo Open (2) Rachael Grinham 2–9, 4–9, 6–9 Unknown
4. 24 June 2000 YTL Open Carol Owens 1–9, 5–9, 2–9 0:35[156]
5. 16 March 2001 DMC Open Rachael Grinham 4–9, 2–9, 4–9 Unknown
6. 23 August 2003 Malaysia Women's Open (1) Cassie Jackman 5–9, 9–1, 4–9, 7–9 0:47[157]
7. 22 November 2003 Monte Carlo Classic Open Linda Elriani 10–8, 1–9, 6–9, 1–9 0:42[158]
8. 15 February 2004 Kuala Lumpur Open (2) Vanessa Atkinson 0–9, 7–9, 9–1, 2–9 0:28[46]
9. 24 July 2004 Malaysia Women's Open (2) Vanessa Atkinson 2–9, 4–9, 0–9 0:25[47]
10. 21 November 2004 Shanghai WISPA Worldstars Open Cassie Jackman 2–9, 3–9, 0–9 0:27[159]
11. 6 February 2006 Apawamis Open Vanessa Atkinson 6–9, 2–9, 10–9, 7–9 1:05[57]
12. 18 February 2006 Kuala Lumpur Open (3) Vanessa Atkinson 7–9, 9–4, 1–9, 3–9 0:42[58]
13. 28 April 2007 Seoul City Open Natalie Grinham 4–9, 4–9, 0–9 0:43[160]
14. 24 September 2007 British Open (1) Rachael Grinham 9–7, 9–4, 3–9, 8–10, 1–9 1:27[70]
15. 7 March 2009 Kuala Lumpur Open (4) Natalie Grainger 8–11, 12–10, 7–11, 11–5, 6–11 0:51[161]
16. 2 February 2011 Cleveland Classic (1) Laura Massaro 9–11, 7–11, 11–9, 8–11 1:01[162]
17. 15 September 2012 Malaysian Open (3) Raneem El Weleily 10–12, 13–11, 6–11, 2–11 0:36
18. 5 February 2013 Cleveland Classic (2) Raneem El Weleily 11–3, 5–11, 11–9, 5–11, 9–11 1:00
19. 26 May 2013 British Open (2) Laura Massaro 4–11, 11–3, 10–12, 7–11 0:44
20. 4 March 2015 Windy City Open Raneem El Weleily 16–14, 10–12, 7–11, 7–11 0:57

World Open

Finals: 8 (8 titles, 0 runner-up)

Source:[163]

Outcome Year Opponent in Final Score in Final
Winner 2005 Rachael Grinham 8–10, 9–2, 9–6, 9–7
Winner 2006 Natalie Grinham 1–9, 9–7, 3–9, 9–5, 9–2
Winner 2008 Vicky Botwright 5–11, 11–1, 11–6, 11–9
Winner 2009 Natalie Grinham[a] 3–11, 11–6, 11–3, 11–8
Winner 2010 Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–5, 11–8, 11–6
Winner 2011 Jenny Duncalf 11–2, 11–5, 11–0
Winner 2012 Laura Massaro 11–6, 11–8, 11–6
Winner 2014 Raneem El Weleily 5–11, 11–8, 7–11, 14–12, 11–5

Major World Series final appearances

British Open: 7 finals (5 titles, 2 runner-up)

Outcome Year Opponent in Final Score in Final
Winner 2005 Natalie Grinham 9–6, 9–7, 9–6
Winner 2006 Rachael Grinham 9–4, 9–1, 9–4
Runner-up 2007 Rachael Grinham 9–7, 9–4, 3–9, 8–10, 1–9
Winner 2008 Jenny Duncalf 9–1, 10–8, 9–0
Winner 2012 Nour El Sherbini 11–6, 11–6, 11–6
Runner-up 2013 Laura Massaro 4–11, 11–3, 10–12, 8–11
Winner 2014 Laura Massaro 8–11, 11–5, 11–7, 11–8

Hong Kong Open: 9 finals (9 titles, 0 runner-up)

Outcome Year Opponent in Final Score in Final
Winner 2006 Tania Bailey 9–1, 10–8, 9–5
Winner 2007 Natalie Grinham 9–3, 9–5, 10–8
Winner 2008 Rachael Grinham 14–12, 11–13, 11–8, 11–8
Winner 2009 Omneya Abdel Kawy 11–4, 11–7, 11–7
Winner 2010 Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 12–10, 12–10
Winner 2011 Raneem El Weleily 11–5, 11–4, 11–9
Winner 2012 Camille Serme 11–9, 11–6, 8–11, 11–7
Winner 2013 Raneem El Weleily 11–7, 11–7, 12–10
Winner 2014 Nour El Tayeb 11–4, 12–10, 11–8

Qatar Classic: 5 finals (5 titles, 0 runner-up)

Outcome Year Opponent in Final Score in Final
Winner 2006 Natalie Grinham 9–7, 2–9, 9–7, 9–2
Winner 2007 Natalie Grainger 9–6, 9–4, 10–9
Winner 2008 Natalie Grinham 11–7, 11–3, 11–9
Winner 2010 Rachael Grinham 11–5, 11–8, 11–9
Winner 2011 Madeline Perry 11–2, 11–7, 11–3

Malaysian Open: 11 finals (8 titles, 3 runner-up)

Outcome Year Opponent in Final Score in Final
Runner-up 2003 Cassie Jackman 5–9, 9–1, 4–9, 7–9
Runner-up 2004 Vanessa Atkinson 2–9, 4–9, 0–9
Winner 2005 Vanessa Atkinson 3–9, 9–3, 1–9, 9–1, 9–4
Winner 2006 Tania Bailey 9–4, 9–6, 2–9, 5–9, 9–3
Winner 2007 Tania Bailey 9–4, 9–3, 9–2
Winner 2008 Natalie Grinham 11–1, 11–4, 11–6
Winner 2009 Alison Waters 11–6, 11–8, 9–11, 11–7
Winner 2010 Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 6–11, 11–7, 10–12, 11–5
Winner 2011 Jenny Duncalf 11–6, 12–10, 11–5
Runner-up 2012 Raneem El Weleily 10–12, 13–11, 6–11, 2–11
Winner 2013 Raneem El Weleily 11–8, 11–7, 11–6

Other titles

1998 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (1), Asian Games – Singles Gold (1)

2000 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (2)

2002 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (3), Asian Championship – Team Champion (1), Asian Games – Singles Silver, Commonwealth Games – Mixed Doubles Silver

2004 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (4), Asian Championship – Team Champion (2)

2005 World Games – Singles Champion (1)

2006 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (5), Asian Championship – Team Champion (3), Asian Games – Singles Gold (2)

2008 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (6), Asian Championship – Team Champion (4)

2009 World Games – Singles Champion (2)

2010 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (7), Asian Games – Singles Gold (3), Asian Games – Team Gold (1), Commonwealth Games – Singles Gold (1), Commonwealth Games – Mixed Doubles Bronze

2011 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (8)

2013 World Games – Singles Champion (3)

2014 Asian Championship – Team Champion (5), Asian Games – Singles Gold (4), Asian Games – Team Gold (2), Commonwealth Games – Singles Gold (2)

2015 Asian Championship – Singles Champion (9)

Junior titles

1995 Scottish Junior Open – Under-14 Champion

1996 British Junior Open – Under-14 Champion, Scottish Junior Open – Under-14 Champion

1997 British Junior Open – Under-14 Champion, Scottish Junior Open – Under-16 Champion, Australian Junior Open – Under-15 Champion, Australian Junior Open – Under-17 Champion

1998 British Junior Open – Under-16 Champion, Scottish Junior Open – Under-17 Champion, Asian Junior Squash Grand Circuit Final – Under-19 Champion

1999 World Junior Champion (1), British Junior Open – Under-17 Champion, British Junior Open – Under-19 Champion, Asian Junior Championship – Singles Champion (1), Asian Junior Championship – Team Champion (1), German Junior Open – Champion, Malaysian Junior Open – Champion

2001 World Junior Champion (2), Asian Junior Championship – Singles Champion (2), Asian Junior Championship – Team Champion (2)

Singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only once a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded.
Tournament 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Career SR Career W-L
WSA World Tour Tournaments
World Open Absent 2R A SF SF W W 2R W W W W W SF W 8 / 13 51–5
British Open Absent 1R 2R 1R QF W W F W QF Not Held W F W SF 6 / 13 36–8
World Series Finals Not Held W W Not Held 2 / 2 9–1
Cayman Islands Open Not Held W W W Not Held 3 / 3 12–0
Hong Kong Open Absent 1R Not Held W W W W W W W W W 9 / 10 45–1
Kuala Lumpur Open NH F W QF W A F W F W W F W W W SF Not Held 8 / 14 48–6
Malaysian Open Not Held A NH A F F W W W W W W W F W SF NH 8 / 12 47–4
Qatar Classic Not Held A NH 2R QF SF NH W W SF W W Not Held 5 / 9 34–4
W
United States Open Absent Not Held A QF W W W QF 3 / 5 18–2
Australian Open Absent W W Not Held NWS 2 / 2 10–0
Carol Weymuller Open Absent NH A LQ QF W Absent SF Absent QF W Absent 2 / 5 12–3
Cleveland Classic Not Held Absent F W F W W 3 / 5 18–2
Singapore Masters Not Held W W W W SF Not Held 4 / 5 18–1
World Games
Singles Not Held W Not Held W Not Held W Not Held 3 / 3 NA
Commonwealth Games
Singles 2R Not Held 2R Not Held SF Not Held W Not Held W NH 2 / 5 NA
Asian Games
Singles W Not Held F Not Held W Not Held W Not Held W NH 4 / 5 NA
Asian Championship
Singles W NH W NH W NH W NH W NH W NH W W NH A NH W 9 / 9 NA

Note: NA = Not Available

See also

Notes

  • a Natalie Grinham switched allegiance to the Netherlands from March 2008 onwards.[164]
  • b H represents hour while MM represents minutes.
  • c WISPA tournament uses PAR scoring from 21 July 2008 onwards.[165]

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External links

  • Official website
  • Squash Stars
  • Nicol David on Twitter
  • Malaysia’s Résumé - Datuk Nicol Ann David
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Vanessa Atkinson
Vanessa Atkinson
World No. 1
January 2006 – March 2006
August 2006 – August 2015
Succeeded by
Vanessa Atkinson
Raneem El Weleily
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Asian Sportswoman of the Year
2007
Incumbent
Preceded by
Vanessa Atkinson
Laura Massaro
WISPA Player of the Year
2005–10
2012
Succeeded by
Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro





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