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Squash - 09. September 2008.

Nicol David Triumphs In Amsterdam

Women's final:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (NED)                11-9, 11-9, 11-4 (55m)

 


 

 

 

Malaysian Nicol David celebrated her third title in a row in the women's final of mainland Europe’s biggest squash tournament at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

 

Having contested ten major finals over the last two years, David and two-time Dutch Open champion Natalie Grinham were no strangers to the big occasion in the climax of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold championship.  Their matches are invariably long and this was no exception - the first game alone lasted 23 minutes.

squash Nicol David Triumphs In Amsterdam


 

Second seed Grinham, the former Australian looking for her first Tour title since acquiring Dutch nationality in February, led in the first two games - but world number one David fought back to take both 11-9.  An early lead in the third proved too much for the world number three to overcome as the Malaysian romped home to win 11-9, 11-9, 11-4 in 55 minutes.

 

The triumph extends David's unbeaten run to 38 matches and nine WISPA titles since November - and brings her career tally to 31 titles.

 

"That was a great match, we had some really monster rallies, like we always do, and it definitely didn't feel like a 3/0," David told the tournament website www.dutchopensquash.nl afterwards.  "She took it on when she had the opportunity, she trains on this court and she was finding some lovely angles in the first game. I had to try to find my game and step it up, and luckily I managed to get those last two points in the first two games.

 

"I'm really pleased with my focus and my game, and I'm delighted to win the Dutch Open again, I'm looking forward to next year already!"

 


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