Nicole retains Asian C`ship title for seventh time

Chennai: World number one women squash player
Nicol David of Malaysia defeated Hong Kong`s Rebecca Chiu of
11-6 11-7 11-7 in the summit clash here today to retain her
Asian Championship title for the seventh time.

It was double celebrations for Malaysia as Mohd Azlan
Iskander defended the men`s title, after Amir Atlas Khan of
Pakistan conceded the final match due to a leg pain while he
trailing 11-8 11-4 3-0.

The title also saw Nicol retain her world number one
status for the 46th month in succession.

Nicol dedicated the title to her family.

"My family has been supporting me ever since I took to
the game and I dedicate this title to my them," she said.

"But Chiu was a strong opponent having been in the
circuit for long. I had to bring in changes in my game to beat
her. I never wanted to give her enough room to manoeuvre.

"Title wins in championship like this always help in
keeping the momentum ahead of the World Open," Nicol added.

Meanwhile, a disappointed Atlas Khan said, "I have been
experiencing this problem for over six months and back home
the doctors were giving different opinions. Next month, I am
01going to meet a doctor in Germany. I hope to become muchfitter before the Commonwealth Games." Although she returned victorious, Nicol gave away few
easy points whenever Chiu came up with forehand volley

Having lost the first two games inside 12 minutes, Chiu
tried her best in the third game to gain her ground but
it was not to be.

Chiu started the third game on a high, leading 3-0
initially but Nicole brought in her variety and experience to
great effect to finally pocket the game and the match 11-9 in
her favour.