Local favourite and World No 1 Nicol David, had a convincing 11-6,11-6,11-2 victory over Ireland’s Madeleine Perry, ranked no 6 in the World, in the CIMB Kuala Lumpur Open squash championships at the Berjaya Times Square venue in the Malaysian capital .
David was in sparkling form throughout this tournament winning the title for a record seventh time is under 35 minutes against Perry who nonetheless received US$ 5,557 for reaching the final with the winner taking US$ 8,122.
Nicol first won her home title in 2000 and won again in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. Overall it was her 51st title in the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) major competitions since turning pro some 11 years ago.
Indeed Nicol has been voted Wispa’s player of the Year every year since 2006 so no disgrace for the Irish woman in coming second to one of the finest squash players of all time.
Karim Darwish of Egypt won the men’s singles crown.
Perry, committed too many unforced errors and always struggled to keep up with the pace of the local champion making it now 6-1 to Nicol in their seven head to head meetings thus far. Perry’s solitary win coming in the quarter final of the 2007 Dutch Open.
After the final Nicol insisted she had not had it easy :-
“I still had to stick to my game plan and apply pressure on her from the start. I had to work extra hard to ensure that I controlled the match from the start and I am happy to win in straight sets,” she said.
Perry was disappointed with her final performance though delighted she had reached the final. She commented:-
“I played well up until the final. However, it was one match too many and I could not cope with Nicol’s fast attacking game,” said Perry.
In her semi-final, the Banbridge native had scored a fine win over Hong Kong’s Annie Au winning in four sets 11-4, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10).
So a good week for 34 years old, Madeleine Perry despite the loss in her first Kuala Lumpur open final.