KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian squash queen, Datuk Nicol David moved a step closer to secure her first PSA World Tour title since the 2015 Hong Kong Open after cruising to the semifinals of the Women’s Squash Open Ciudad de Floridablanca in Colombia.
The world number seven defeated world number 17, Joey Chan of Hong Kong; winning in straight games 12-10, 12-10 and 11-3 in the quarterfinals on Thursday (Friday in Malaysia).
“I felt good at the start and I think it was a good match,” Nicol was quoted as saying in the squash website;www.squashsite.co.uk.
“I’m really excited to play in the semis here in Colombia. It’s such a great venue, I’ve been feeling good and I’m going to give it all I’ve got tomorrow,” the Penangite added.
Nicol is set to face another mammoth task against world number 10, Alison Waters of England in the semis late Friday (Saturday in Malaysia).
The world number 10 player staved off a challenge from Victoria Lust in a gruelling five-set thriller before prevailing in 11-7, 16-18, 11-7, 7-11 and 15-13 in the last eight.
The inaugural tournament, which is part of the PSA World Tour calendar, offers total prize money of US$70,000 (RM312,317). – BERNAMA