RESULTS: Women's Delaware Investments
US Open, Philadelphia, USA
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
11-5, 12-10, 12-10 (41m)
Nicol David Wins Historic US Open
Malaysian superstar Nicol David
claimed the latest historic achievement in her illustrious
squash career when she beat Egypt's Nour El Sherbini in
the final of the Women's Delaware Investments US Open in
Philadelphia to become the first player in the 60-year
history of the championship to win the title three times in a
The top seed and the world number one for
99 successive months since August 2006, David was expected to
make the final of the WSA World Series Platinum event at
Drexel University - the 95th of her career.
But El Sherbini was the event's No7 seed -
and scored mighty upsets over both second seed Laura Massaro,
the world champion from England, and France's fourth seed
Camille Serme to claim her unexpected place in the climax.
With heavy strapping on her right thigh,
the Egyptian teenager looked to be struggling with her movement
in the first game as David (pictured above in action with El
Sherbini) pushed her to all corners of the court.
El Sherbini was getting to most of the
shots, but it looked to be a bit of a struggle as David forged
leads of 4-2, 7-2 and 10-4 before taking the game 11-5.
"For the next two games, however, the
18-year-old from Alexandria matched David all the way," said a
spokesman for the event. "Looking calmer and more controlled, El
Sherbini was moving better, hitting better, and we had a real
contest on our hands."
El Sherbini was a point or two ahead for
most of the second, but it was David who reached game ball first
at 10-9, doubling her lead at the second attempt, 12-10, as the
Egyptian's dropshot clipped the tin.
From seven-all in the third, El Sherbini
moved ahead to earn three game balls at 10-7. But David is
renowned for comebacks, and forced into three errors from the
Egyptian before reaching match-ball.
But as the 31-year-old world number one
from Penang served for the match, the ball burst - delaying the
final point as the new one was warmed up.
Minutes later, however, David blasted a
shot out of El Sherbini's reach to claim her third US Open
"I don't believe it," said David after her
11-5, 12-10, 12-10 victory. "I was really just in the game, I'm
still thinking that I need to keep warming up that ball!
"Sherbini played such a good game of
squash, and I really had to play even better because it was so
difficult out there to win that title.
"I think with Sherbini it's more of just
getting in the groove. I think in the second game she just found
the rhythm and flow, and also just good shots and she was really
putting on the pressure. So I had to keep up with that pace and,
at the same time, bring my game forward so I'm really pleased
"I'm so pleased - really happy to win
another US Open."
The 41-minute triumph marks the 76th
WSA World Tour title of David's career.
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