October 20, 2008

Nicol reclaims World Open crown

Filed under: Sports — J Martin @ 10:14 am

Unbeaten since she unexpectedly crashed out of last year’s World Open in the second round, Nicol David has been firm favourite to reclaim the world title for 12 months. She duly fulfilled that prediction today, but didn’t local heroine Vicky Botwright, the unexpected finalist playing her last match, make her work for it.

Vicky took the game to Nicol from the start, attacking strongly and not letting Nicol settle and taking the game 11/5 to the delight of the packed crowd.

It was Nicol who was out of the blocks faster in the second though, racing through the game with Vicky only troubling the scoreboard once. She maintained the pressure in the third, and although Vicky put in a mid-game burst it was too late as Nicol moved one game away.

The Mancunian wasn’t done though, the rallies were tough, and Nicol wasn’t allowed to take anything for granted. 4-all, 6-all, 7-all, 8-all, Nicol goes 9-8 with a drop Vicky thought she could get to, responds with a short kill, 9-all.

Another Nicol drop takes her to match ball, and Vicky hits the ball too close to herself. The players turn, both knowing what is coming, and as the stroke is declared Nicol is the champion of the world again …

source: SquashSite.co.uk.


1 Comment »

  1. yea!!!! NICOL!!!!!

    Comment by NicolDavidOnline.com — October 20, 2008 @ 2:41 pm

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