WSA WORLD TOUR NEWS
RESULTS: Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai Financial Hong
Kong Open, Hong Kong
 Nicol David (MAS) bt  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
11-7, 11-7, 12-10 (35m)
Record 90th Turns Into Nine For Nicol David In Hong Kong
The unstoppable Malaysian squash superstar Nicol David
today celebrated her record 90th WSA World Tour final
appearance in the Women's Cathay Pacific Sun Hung Kai
Financial Hong Kong Open by capturing her eighth Hong Kong
Open crown in a row - and her ninth successive major title in
The final WSA World Series Gold event of the year came to
a glorious climax today on an all-glass showcourt at the Hong
Kong Cultural Centre on the spectacular Tsim Sha Tsui
The women's final, a re-run of the 2011 climax, saw world No1
David take on Egypt's Raneem El Welily, the third seed
After evenly-contested first halves of the first two games,
David (pictured above in action with El Welily) romped
away to open up a 2/0 lead - but world No3 El Welily led briefly
in the third before the Malaysian again took charge to close out
the match 11-7, 11-7, 12-10 in 35 minutes.
Today's outcome can be simply summed up numerically: It was
30-year-old David's 6th WSA World Tour title of the year;
her 9th consecutive title in Hong Kong after winning the
first of her record seven World Open titles in the special
administrative region of China in 2005; it was the Penangite's
45th successive match win in Hong Kong; the 71st
WSA World Tour of her career; and a record-equalling 90th
Tour final appearance.
The win will without doubt also see David into her 9th
decade at the top of the world rankings in January!
"Hong Kong is a lucky charm of mine, I guess," David told
SportAsia. "It means the world to me to win in Hong Kong
every time. It's always special. Having won here since the 2005
World Open, it's really an experience for me. There's definitely
something special in Hong Kong that keeps me going and wanting
to do well here."
Of the final, David added: "The tempo was so high. It was such
ruthless squash from the both of us. No one took their foot off
the pedal. It was all the way, just full on, so I was really
happy to stay in there with her. All of our matches have been
this fast, this intense.
"It was really close in the first and second games, neck and
neck until the very end. It could have gone her way in the first
two games, but I came back stronger at the end of each just to
make it clear that I won that game."
David (pictured above with men's champion Nick Matthew)
can now look forward to a well-earned Christmas break: "I'll be
back in Malaysia a lot longer this time to really have a proper
Christmas and New Year with my family and friends.
"I did miss out last year and certainly looking forward to some
down time at home."