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Squash - 05. February 2013.

WSA World Tour 2012 Awards in Cleveland

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Malaysia’s Nicol David has been named WSA Heather McKay Player of the
Year *for the 7th time following a presentation at the Cleveland Classic
quarter-finals night.

David, who saw another immaculate year as the world’s No.1 player, was just
one title win short of claiming a clean sweep in all World Series events in
2012, culminating in her seventh World Open title.  The award, one of many
rebranded accolades this year, is named after a legend of the women’s game,
Heather McKay, who was a dominant force on the Tour throughout the 70’s and
80’s.  David’s achievements last year made her the top candidate for the

The ceremony, held at the popular WSA Gold50 Cleveland Classic event,
also featured further nominations from an independent panel.  Alison Waters
received the *Vicki Cardwell Comeback Player of the Year 2012 *after an
impressive return from a year’s layoff saw the English 28-year-old start
the year at No.39 and claim five titles on her way back up to the world’s
Top4.  This award is brand new for 2012, and marks a players remarkable
resilience to return to top form following a lengthy absence.  Cardwell
herself took time out from the game to have a baby, before making a return
to the top of the game.

Seventeen-year-old *Nour El Sherbini *burst into the upper echelons of the
WSA world rankings in 2012, leaping from No.28 in January 2012 to peak at
No.5.  The prodigal Egyptian reached the British Open final at the O2 Arena
in London in May, and in acknowledgment to her excellent efforts has been
appointed the *Breakthrough Player of the Year 2012*.  Sherbini said after
being told of her award: “I would to thank the WSA and all the others
involved in the voting.  This is certainly something that adds more
pleasure to the game and I am very glad to have won it.”****

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*Samantha Teran*’s services to squash did not go unnoticed last year, as
she is honoured with the *Platinum Service Award 2012*.  Also a new award,
The Platinum Service Award celebrates a player’s dedication and service to
the sport, not just for the past 12-months, but over a number of years.
The Mexican has been busy both on and off the tour, helping to raise the
profile of squash in her home country, as well as opening a new squash club
and founding the Abierto Mexicano de Raquetas event in Toluca, which she
was unfortunately forced to withdraw from through injury.  Teran thanked
the panel, stating that it was her love for squash and her country that
inspired her involvement in 2012, and that she was very honoured to receive
the award. ****

The new *Sportsmanship Award* was awarded to *Samantha Cornett *for her
commitment to fair play and keen spirit both on and off court.  Cornett was
honoured at last week’s WSA Silver Tournament of Champions event at Grand
Central Station, New York City. ****

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The *WSA Cayman Islands World Open 2012 *was deemed the first ever *Tournament
of the Year *as the culmination of the WSA’s calendar in December 2012.
Voted for by the players alone, the event, run by Dan Kniepp, was regarded
as highly successful and well-run throughout the week, and all competing
players had only positive things to say when reporting back.  The Cayman
Islands National Squash Association were honoured to received the award,
stating that is was a joy to host the magnificent event and that they look
forward to hosting more events in the future.
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