New York: Malaysia`s World No.1 Nicol David ended unseeded French star Camille Serme`s giant-killing run in the final of the Carol Weymuller Open in New York to win the Women`s Squash Association Gold 50 event at The Heights Casino in Brooklyn here.
The match Sunday notched up David`s ninth successive Tour win over the World No.10 from Creteil -- but Serme had enjoyed a sensational run in only her third appearance in the event, upsetting higher-ranked English opponents Alison Waters, Jenny Duncalf and defending champion Laura Massaro in quick succession.
David dominated the second after a close first game, dropping just two points to establish a 2-0 lead -- and stayed focussed in the third, fittingly winning the championship point on a perfect crosscourt drop shot straight into the nick.
"I`m just so happy to win this tournament after so long," said David after the 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 triumph which saw the 30-year-old from Penang go through the championship without dropping a game.
"It has been such a great atmosphere that it just drives me forward to play better squash each day. Camille played really well in that first game and it was neck and neck all the way.
"In the second and third I mixed it up a bit more because she gets into a great rhythm and it can be dangerous"
Nicol David`s success marks her the third WSA title of the year and the 68th of her career.
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