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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s squash queen and World Number One Datuk Nicol David celebrated her first win in 2015 after clinching the Cleveland Classic squash championhip title, on Tuesday.

The victory was the third Cleveland Classic title after winning in 2012 and 2014, according to www.squashsite.co.uk.

The eight-time world champion proved too good for arch rival Raneem El Welily of Egypt who is currently world number two, winning 11-5, 11-9 and 11-4 in the final match held at Cleveland Racquet Club in Ohio, USA.

The win also marked Nicol’s 79th title from 98 finals.

On Monday, Nicol created a new world record for the length of time a squash player has topped the world rankings, after marking her 106th month as world number one in the latest February Women’s Squash Association (WSA) list.

The 31-year-old Penangite who became World Number One in January 2006, overtook the 105-month record set in February 1993 by New Zeland’s Susan Devoy, who was World Champion four times and British Open champion eight times. – BERNAMA

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