World No. 1 Nicol David chalked up her eight consecutive Women’s International Squash Players Association (Wispa) title when she defeated third seed Rachael Grinham of Australia in straights sets in the final of the Torneo International Bicentenario Mexico Open 2010 in Mexico on Sunday.
The five-time world champion won 12-10, 11-4, 11-5 in 35 minutes. In her first appearance in the tournament, the 27-year-old Malaysian also won the three other matches without dropping a set.
“It was important to win the first set as I know how dangerous Rachael can be. I just had to keep getting her shots back,” Nicol.
“I am happy to win in straight sets. It has been great to have so many Mexican fans here, and I want to thank everyone who has been involved in the event as it is fantastic – the setting, the crowds and everything.”
Grinham said: “Nicol has proved that she is the best in the world. So all you can do is to try and make her work as hard as possible to beat you.”
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With the win, Nicol now has won a total of 49th Wispa titles since turning pro in 2000.
The Penangite, who has been the world No. 1 since August in 2006, started the year by bagging the Chennai Open in March.
Nicol, whose best achievement on the Wispa circuit was winning all 10 tournaments she competed in 2008, went on to win the KL Open (March), Cayman Islands Open (April), Malaysian Open (July), Singapore Masters (July), Hong Kong Open (August) and World Open (September).
Nicol, who also won gold in the recent Delhi Commonwealth Games, will feature in the Qatar Classics next month (Nov 5-12) before she heads for Guangzhou to defend the Asian Games title (Nov 18-25).
Nicol has once again proven that she is a sports person without parallel in Malaysia. Congratulations, Nicol!