Nicol David predictably won the World Open sponsored by BDO at the glass court in Camana Bay two weeks ago, giving her the coveted title for the seventh time in eight years.
Malaysian David is the most successful squash player of the professional era and in the last five years has won 97 per cent of her matches, an amazing record in any individual.
Yet there is no fear of burnt out on her part. Considering how intense competition is at the top, David seems to be flourishing despite youngsters coming through intent on dethroning her.
She intends to continue competing till the end of the decade irrespective of whether squash is accepted into the Olympics at the 2020 Games.
David did not have many problems in her 11-6, 11-8, 11-6 win over England’s Laura Massaro – world No.3 – even though the Englishwoman had beaten world No.2 Raneem El Weleily in the semis.
David’s footwork and shot selection was as assured as ever and even when Massaro briefly seemed to take control in the second game the champ was never flustered.
David confirmed after the win that she intends to keep going for another seven years, by which time she will be almost 37.
She evidently is inspired by the legendary Australian Heather McKay who retired at 37 after winning the first two of the fledgling World Open championships in 1979.
David silenced critics who suggested younger rivals were on the verge of beating her in Camana Bay.
She said she had another marvellous time here, her fourth visit and praised tournament director Dan Kneipp for once again pulling off a great event under difficult circumstances.
“It was one of the best World Opens to win,” David said two weeks ago. “The feeling, just being on the Island, the whole crowd and atmosphere and the people that organised the whole thing, it has been such a nice, relaxed atmosphere, but at the same time it means business when you’re on court.
“It’s a great mix, that’s what the World Open is all about.”