Saturday, October 9, 2010

Commonwealth Games 2010: Untouchable Nicol David

Nicol David celebrates after beating England’s Jenny Duncalf 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 in the final last night.
Nicol David celebrates after beating England’s Jenny Duncalf 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 in the final last night.
IF there were any doubts before, Nicol David put them all to rest at the Siri Fort Indoor Stadium last night by confirming she is the greatest woman player squash has ever known by winning the Commonwealth Games gold.

Jenny Duncalf, a player who had raised some of the doubts by beating Nicol twice last year, was Nicol's victim in the final as the Englishwoman had no answers to offer.

Nicol won 11-3, 11-5, 11-7 in 40 minutes to complete her collection of major titles, which include the World Open and British Open, and it is now only about just how many more titles will she win before calling time on her chequered career.

"I had no thought of that (completing a career slam) as all I wanted to do was win. I knew Jenny would give me a fight and I had to be at my best," said Nicol.

"There is still so much more to achieve after this. I may have won the gold here but my work isn't finished for there are still so many challenges."

Jenny may have beaten Nicol twice last year but the head-to-head this year was 4-0 favour of the world champion. The career stat was even more amazing with Nicol having won 22 of their 24 previous meetings.

Nicol made that 23 in a final she was desperate to win after having failed to win even a medal in the Melbourne Games four years ago.

The bronze went to Australian Kasey Brown who didn't even have to lift a racquet after England's Alison Waters conceded a walkover due to an injury she picked up in Thursday's semi-finals.

Azlan Iskandar's dream, however, of a Commonwealth Games medal was dashed when he fell tamely to England's Peter Barker in the men's singles bronze medal playoff.

A day after being swept aside by Barker's compatriot James Willstrop, Azlan had few chances in a 11-5, 11-4, 11-2 defeat.

Barker had the court well covered and with Azlan still feeling the after effects of two tough quarter-final and semi-final matches, the Malaysian appeared to struggle to match the third seed for pace.

"This is a match I should have won but my body wasn't up to it," said Azlan.

It is not all over for Azlan though as he teams up with Nafiizwan Adnan for the men's doubles on Monday and he will welcome the chance to recuperate the next two days.

The men's final between Englishmen Nick Matthew and James Willstrop was played late yesterday.

*Taken from NST Online

*To get Delhi 2010 Commonwelath Game's Medal Tally, click here.

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