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Squash - 18. April 2007.

Nicol David Celebrates Tour Double In Doha

Nicol David Celebrates Tour Double In Doha

RESULTS: Qatar Squash Classic, Doha, Qatar

Women's final:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) 9-7, 2-9, 9-7, 9-2 (69m)

David Celebrates Tour Double In Doha

Just six days after winning a major Tour title in Kuwait, Malaysia's Nicol David established a remarkable double in Doha by claiming the women's trophie, respectively, in the Qatar Classic at the Khalifa Squash Complex in Doha.

Spurred on by a vociferous Malaysian contingent of the crowd, world number one Nicol David embarked on her bid to beat Australian rival Natalie Grinham for the fifth time in a row in the women's final - knowing that her previous three meetings with the world number two had each taken more than 90 minutes to resolve!

Grinham raced to a 6-0 lead in the opening game - but the 23-year-old from Penang came back to take the game to move 1/0 up. The 28-year-old Queenslander repeated the theme in the second game - but this time held on to her initiative to draw level.

After an evenly-balanced third game won by the favourite, David raced to an 8-0 lead in the fourth - ultimately converting the match-ball to record her title-winning 9-7, 2-9, 9-7, 9-2 victory in 69 minutes.

"I was struggling to find my game, but she came out really strong, she was on right from the start. I was just sticking in, and started to find it towards the end of the first," said the Malaysian after her 48th successive international match win, and her tenth title in a row.

"You never know how you'll play at the start, but I try not to think about it, when I find it I'll find it, and that's what happened. At 5/7 in the third I found my focus, it just suddenly clicked and I said to myself that now was the time to go for it.

"It's great to win the Qatar Classic for the first time - and to have so many people from Malaysia supporting me here, and in Kuwait, gives me a real boost."

Grinham was far from downhearted: "I'm disappointed to lose, but not with how I played. It was only in the last game, when she started with two or three lucky shots which gave her some confidence and then she just stepped on it and it got away from me.

"I totally changed my game-plan for the second, and that worked. Until the end of the third, I thought I was controlling the match, so it's disappointing I couldn't continue it. But I know what I was doing right. I know I've got the game and the fitness and the tactics to beat her.

"I'll get her next time!" concluded the Aussie.

Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA

For further information: Howard Harding

Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130

WSQ 3820 Email: [email protected] 18 April 2007

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