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Squash - 23. October 2011.

David wins the Qatar Classic

Nicol David claimed her fifth Qatar Classic title in six years after a dominant win over Madeline Perry yesterday in Doha.

The Malaysian player was in no mood for messing around as she instantly set about the task at hand and leapt to a six-point lead with Perry unable to answer.

With David poised high up the court and taking the ball early, there was little Perry could to do prevent the dominance, and the Irishwoman was 7-1 in no time at all.

It was perhaps a slower start than Perry would have liked after her 61 minute effort against Nour El Tayeb in Thursdays semi-final, but David was frequently playing the ball short to no reply from the world no4.

The world no1 played out the first game with a comfortable 11-2 scoreline and stuck to her tactics in the second, racing onto every ball , denying her opponent time and finding a good weight of length into the back corners.

Already down in the second, Perry began to assert herself. She clawed back a three-point deficit at 2-5, gaining some space on the tee and chipping away at David’s defences. At 7-7 the game could have gone either way, with both women looking strong in parts and playing confident squash but David went up a gear to hit four winners and claim the game 11-7.

Perry struggled getting on the tee throughout the match, and no more so than in the third game as David’s dominance proved too much. The Malaysian took five-points in a row to lead 9-2, proving excellent retrieval skills at whatever Perry could throw at her.

It took just one match ball attempt after a lengthy rally for David to close out the final 3-0 in comfortable style.

The Qatar Classic champion told SquashSite after the match: "This was the best I felt and the best I played all tournament. I felt good on there and comfortable from the start.

My length was really good I was able to contain her and prevent her form playing her shots as she can be so dangerous on the volley. It’s one of those days where everything just comes together!"

[1] Nicol David (MAL) bt [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) – 11/2, 11/7, 11/3 (33mins)


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