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David head of the class
by Andy McKenzie


Nicol David has written her name into the record books by becoming the youngest ever winner of a Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA) event.

  • The Malaysian schoolgirl beat Egypt’s Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Women’s Finnish Squash Open in Mikkeli on February 28, at the tender age of 16.

  • Shabana herself was the previous youngest winner of a WISPA event - the 1994 Finnish Open - when she was 18 years and two months old.

  • The world junior champion from Penang is in just her first month as a member of the WISPA and had to go through qualifying in order to book a place at the tournament.

  • Shabana, a relative veteran in comparison at 23 and also winner of the event in 1996, had no answer for David and went down 9-1 9-0 9-5 in the final.

  • David first burst onto the world scene in August 1997 when, as a 13-year-old, she reached the quarter-finals of the Women’s World Junior U19 championship in Brazil.

  • In 1999 she won the title in Antwerp, Belgium without losing a game and will still be young enough to defend her title when it is next held in 2001.

  • David, the current Asian senior champion, has also won the junior event and claimed gold at the Asian Games in December 1998.
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