Malaysia`s David secures fifth World Open squash title

London: World number one Nicol David secured a record-equalling fifth World Open title by beating Egypt`s Omneya Abdel Kawy 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 at the Red Sea resort of Sharm El Sheikh on Wednesday.

Malaysia`s David needed only 30 minutes on the all-glass court to match the haul of Australia`s Sarah Fitz-Gerald, who collected her titles between 1996 and 2002.

The 27-year-old David`s third straight world title confirmed her dominance of the women`s game after she completed 50 consecutive months at the top of the world rankings.

"My focus was strong throughout the tournament," David told reporters. "I really wanted this. I did not want to let it slip.”

"It`s amazing that I can do something that Sarah (Fitz-Gerald) has done, because she`s such a great player," she added.

David also kept her undefeated record this year intact and she did not drop a game en route to her fifth world title.

Bureau Report