WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
RESULTS: Women's JP Morgan Tournament
of Champions, New York, USA
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Laura Massaro (ENG)
11-4, 13-11, 11-8 (46m)
Dominant David Claims First Tournament of
World number one Nicol David
claimed her first J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
title with a resounding 11-4, 13 -11, 11-8 victory over world
No2 Laura Massaro on the iconic glass court in Grand
Central Terminal in New York.
"The ToC is huge," said the Malaysian
superstar after the triumph over her English rival in the climax
of the Women's Squash Association (WSA) Gold event.
"There is something in the air here. I get goose bumps every
time I walk into Grand Central."
There was a buzz and eager sense of
anticipation among the crowd as they took their seats under the
majestic chandeliers in Vanderbilt Hall for the women's
final. This was the first time the most dominant player in
women's squash over the past seven years had competed in the
Tournament of Champions and the first time in a decade that the
two top players in the sport would contest the final.
"In that first game, both of us were
figuring out how the ball was going to play this evening," David
said. "The ball got faster as we were playing, and I was able to
play some good, low attacking shots."
In what seemed like the blink of an eye,
the 30-year-old from Penang had notched the first game, 11-3.
Massaro was the attacker at the start of
the second game. After getting coaching advice from her husband
Danny, the English No1 took a 7-2 lead by playing more
aggressively and moving up in the court. Just as it looked as if
Massaro was well on her way to levelling the match, David dug in
and began chipping away at the second seed's lead.
"As soon as Nicol's back in the game at
all, she's like a dog with a bone," said 30-year-old Massaro,
the only player on the current Tour who has beaten David five
times. "She doesn't let go."
The seven-time world champion reeled off
six straight points to move ahead 8-7. Massaro evened the score
at eight-all. At 9-10, Massaro saved a game ball, but David
converted the next game ball opportunity to open up a two-game
"I just kept telling myself, 'keep going,
keep going, keep going'," said David about her come-from-behind
second game win.
At the start of the third, the players
exchanged points until David surged ahead, 7-4. Massaro fought
back to 6-7 and then saved two match balls when her opponent
took a 10-6 lead. But the top seed was not to be denied the one
major title missing from her collection, and closed out the
championship 11-8 in the third game.
"I wanted this title badly," said David.
After the match, she basked in the glow of the majestic
chandeliers and the appreciation of a squash-savvy crowd who
savoured the opportunity to see this great champion in action,
up close, on the ToC glass court.
Even though she now has 72 WSA titles to
her name and has been at the top of the rankings for 90
consecutive months, the 2014 ToC champion is still enthralled
with her sport: "I have learned so much from this sport, and I
am continuing to learn," said David.
When asked her most important lesson,
David replied: "How to trust myself and do what I am capable
The fortunate spectators at the 2014 J.P.
Morgan Tournament of Champions were thrilled to witness that
capability as Nicol David did what she does better than
anyone else in the world - win yet another squash championship.
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