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David Completes Missing U.S. Open In Philadelphia
Nicol David* added the one major title missing from her résumé last night
in Philadelphia, as she beat *Raneem El Weleily* in the *Delaware
Investments U.S. Open* final.
The win will come as a relief to the Malaysian, not only for adding the
missing title to complete her set, but for also rising to the challenge of
facing El Weleily who robbed her of a home Malaysian Open title last month.
David was five points from elimination in her semi-final against New
Zealander *Joelle King*, and her progression to the final will be even more
pleasing as she dispatched her Carol Weymuller victor *Alison Waters* in
the quarters. In the first round she faced *Camille Serme* to complete a
trio of qualifying opponents in the competition.
Raneem El Weleily too saw pleasing results earlier in the event, enjoying
results against tough opponents *Low Wee Wern* and last year’s U.S. Open
runner-up *Kasey Brown*, before gaining revenge on* Laura Massaro*, to whom
she lost the Carol Weymuller Open to two weeks ago.
A fast and furious first game got underway, with Egyptian fearless as ever
in her attacking shots and David forced to play a waiting game for the
younger player’s mistakes. Errors came from both players given the
frenzied attacking squash, but it was David who had the upper hand at the
end of the first. El Weleily forced a tie-break and held game ball on
three occasions, each time unable to see off the final point. David needed
just the one opportunity to draw first blood, winning 14-12.
The world No.3 cut out all errors as the second game started, and seemed an
answerable force as she levelled the score. Momentum stayed with the
Egyptian at the beginning of the third as El Weleily led by a considerable
way at 4-0 and later 6-2. However, much like her comeback against King in
last night’s semi-final, the six-time world champion launched an impressive
10-point comeback to take back the lead.
The fourth was a close affair, as El Weleily’s error count lessened but so
did her attacking efforts. As David extended the rallies and used her
experience to dictate the tempo, she held a two point lead. Two volley
nicks awarded her with match-ball, which she closed out forcing a no let
decision from her opponent.
Overdue for Nicol David, she sets a new record for number of WSA titles
won, moving ahead of legendary player *Sarah Fitz-Gerald* to 63 titles.
 Nicol David (MAS) vs  Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 14-12, 8-11, 11-7,
 Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Joelle King (NZL) 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11,
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG) 7-11, 11-8,
11-9, 10-12, 11-4 (60m)
 Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Alison Waters (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 11-9
[Q] Joelle King (NZL) bt  Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 8-11, 11-4, 11-3, 8-11,
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt  Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-8, 11-13, 12-10,
 Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Camille Serme (FRA) 11-6, 11-8, 11-8
[Q] Alison Waters (ENG) bt  Natalie Grinham (NED) 10-12, 11-5, 11-8,
5-11, 11-7 (53m)
 Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Rachael Grinham (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-4
[Q] Joelle King (NZL) bt  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) 12-10, 11-6,
 Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-2
 Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Kristen Lange (USA) 11-0, 11-3, 11-4
Kasey Brown (AUS) bt  Annie Au (HKG) 12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (46m)
 Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-8, 5-11, 11-8, 11-5
New world military champion claims second title of 2017