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CIMB KL Open Renamed to “CIMB Nicol David KL OpenSquash Championships”
The WSA World Tour is delighted to announce the upgrade of the CIMB KL
Open to a World Series Gold event for 2012. *
To mark the occasion the title, held in March in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,
will be renamed the CIMB NICOL DAVID KL OPEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012.
Following the world No1’s record sixth World Open title win last year, the
tournament sponsors CIMB Group have paid tribute to Nicol David, who
currently has 59 WSA titles to her name.
Group Chief Executive of CIMB Group, Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak said: “Nicol is
a national icon, and she is arguably Malaysia's most successful
sportsperson ever. We decided to rename the KL Open to ensure her
achievements are remembered and celebrated annually."
Nicol has played in eleven previous CIMB KL Open finals, winning seven of
them, and last year was honoured by Malaysia’s Prime Minister for her
successes after securing her most recent world open title.
Last year she claimed all but one of the WSA World Series events, falling
just short of a clean-sweep in the Delaware Investments US Open to Kasey
Brown in Philadelphia.
The upgrade will also see the prize money total increase from $45,000 to a
$60,000 total and will sit alongside the Australian Open, Malaysian Open,
US Open, Qatar Classic and Hong Kong Open as this year’s WSA World Series
events, culminating with the Cayman Islands World Open in December.
WSA Chairman Ingrid Lofdahl-Bentzer commends the deal that further raises
the profile of women’s squash. She said: “It’s wonderful to see CIMB
continuing to recognise the value of supporting squash and honouring Nicol
David by naming the tournament after her. Furthermore we are very pleased
to see an already prestigious event take the step up to World Series.
“Last year, was a particularly exciting one on the WSA World Tour with a
number of younger players starting to make an impact so we are sure they
will be rewarded with a fantastic event and Nicol David will have to be at
her best to defend her title.”
The CIMB NICOL DAVID KL OPEN SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012 will mark the first
World Series event of the year for the WSA World Tour, following the highly
successful staging of the ATCO World Series Finals at the Queen’s Club,
London in January.
Top seeds Nicol and World No2 Jenny Duncalf will face qualifiers in the
first round, but are drawn to meet each other in the final of the event,
which starts on 28th March 2012. No3 seed Laura Massaro will face Samantha
Teran of Mexico in the first round, whilst No4 seed Madeline Perry will
play Camille Serme.
*Round 1 draw:
* Nicol David (MAS) vs Qualifier
 Kasey Brown (AUS) vs Qualifier
 Madeline Perry (IRL) vs Camille Serme (FRA)
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) vs Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Annie Au (HKG) vs  Natalie Grinham (NED)
Samantha Teran (MEX) vs  Laura Massaro
Qualifier vs  Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Qualifier vs  Jenny Duncalf (ENG)