RESULTS: Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Squash Open, Kuwait City, Kuwait
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Natalie Grinham (AUS) 9-6, 10-8, 2-9, 9-1 (93m)
Malaysia's world number one Nicol David prevailed over Australia's Natalie Grinham in a 93-minute women's final to record the longest four-game women's match on record.
The world's richest squash tournament at the Al Qadsia Sports Centre in Kuwait City boasted a $200,000 PSA Super Series Platinum men's event and a $58,500 WISPA Gold women's championship.
The women's final was the latest in a remarkable series of marathon battles between the world's top two players. In the World Open final in Belfast last November, it took five games and 95 minutes to separate the pair - and in last month's Kuala Lumpur Open climax, Nicol David delighted her home country fans by beating Natalie Grinham again, this time taking 102 minutes and a further five games to stamp her authority.
While many thought this might be the time for Grinham's revenge, it was again the 23-year-old from Penang who emerged triumphant in a 9-6, 10-8, 2-9, 9-1 scoreline. Record books showed that the 93-minute timing had never before been exceeded in matches with fewer than five games!
"It's very disappointing," said Grinham, the world No2 from Toowoomba in Queensland. "I was up in the first and the second, and I can't believe I've come off still feeling so fresh. I should have expended more energy out there. I wish I was paid by the hour!"
Nicol David, unbeaten now for more than a year, was delighted with the outcome of her 30th WISPA World Tour final appearance. "I was very, very, happy with my game - I really stuck to it in the first two games even though I had a little dip in the second.
"It's great to win here a second time and retain my title, it's been a fantastic week," added the Malaysian super star who has now played 43 international matches without defeat.
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WSQ 3803 Email: HowHard@aol.com 12 April 2007
photos Janos Schmidt
photos Janos Schmidt