SMILE.......Nicol defeated Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands in straight set 11-8, 11-5 and 11-6 in the smile-finals.
KUALA LUMPUR : Malaysia’s world number one Datuk Nicol Ann David was on track for her eighth Hong Kong Open title. In yesterday’s semi-finals, Nicol defeated Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands in straight set 11-8, 11-5 and 11-6.
The match was shifted to the glass court mounted at the harbourside – the Piazza of Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon, Hong Kong.
“It took me a little time to adjust to the court as its a new one, So, I was maybe a bit late on the ball, my timing was not at its best.
“Natalie was really sharp today. She was constantly on the ball, picking up everything, back and forth as usual. She is a tough competitor, she just doesn’t stop,” said Nicol as quoted in a squash website, http://www.squashsite.co.uk.
In her quest to retain the title for the eighth time, Nicol will be meeting Camille Serme of France for the first time in a final match.
“Looking forward to my final with Camille, a new finalist for me in Hong Kong. And in this sport, you don’t get to the final if you are not a tough and great player. So, I’ll have to save my best for last,” said Nicol.
Camille booked her berth in the final after defeating Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy in a gruelling five set match 11-9, 4-11, 11-7, 11-13 and 11-6 which lasted 65 minutes. (Bernama)