Thursday January 3, 2013
Nicol crushes Hong Kong’s Annie in World Series Finals
By KNG ZHENG GUAN
PETALING JAYA: Seven-time world champion Nicol David picked up from where she left off last year with a crushing 11-7, 11-4 Group A win over Hong Kong’s Annie Au in the World Series Finals at the Queen’s Club, London.
The World Series Finals uses a best-of-three format.
Two weeks ago, world No. 1 Nicol steamrolled past the Hong Kong No. 1 in the second round of the Women’s World Open in Cayman Islands en route to winning her record seventh world title.
And the 29-year-old Nicol brought out her A game yesterday and Annie could not hold a candle to her.
That brought Nicol’s winning streak over Annie in the Women’s Squash Association to 10 wins without reply and she is surely well on course to defend her World Series title.
The Penangite next faces home favourite Laura Massaro in the quarter-finals. Nicol had defeated Massaro in the World Open final.
Massaro rebounded well from the Caymans loss to beat the experienced Natalie Grinham of Holland 11-8, 11-8.
Others competing included world No. 2 Raneem El Weleily and world junior champion Nour El Sherbini of Egypt, England’s Jenny Duncalf and Camile Serme of France.
Group A: Nicol David (Mas) bt Annie Au (Hkg) 11-7, 11-4; Laura Massaro (Eng) bt Natalie Grinham (Hol) 11-8, 11-8.