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Squash queen Nicol wants to keep raising the bar

Nicol David

Manchester, December 13: Nicol David has virtually won everything that is up for the grabs in women's squash.

Malaysia's sporting queen's trophy cabinet is laden with eight World Championship titles, six Asian Games medals, two Commonwealth honours and much more.

The 34-year-old's hunger for success has not diminished a little bit despite being challenged by a young generation, largely comprising Egyptians.

Having held the Professional Squash Association (PSA) world No.1 rank for a record 108 consecutive weeks, Nicol currently sits at No.6. Egyptian Nour El Sherbini tops them all while there are two more from the land of Pharaohs in the top five.

Nicol sees the emergence of Gen Next as a positive for the sport, which has quite often faced an identity crisis, especially after repeated failures to get into the Olympic Movement.

"I've been playing this game for so long and now I've to adjust. It has taken time but it's really coming together," Nicol said during the ongoing PSA World Championships in Manchester.

"I'm enjoying on seeing the younger generation coming through. That'll push barrier up higher. It makes it very exciting for the game. The challenge keeps me going and when you see things coming through and working it gets the adrenaline going and makes me want more and more," Nicol dwelled further.

Nicol's desire to win more was quite obvious in her answer during the PSA World Championship pre-event presser when asked whether she would prefer a ninth World Championship crown or a third Commonwealth Games gold.

"Maybe both! They've their different meanings," said Nicol, who would be defending her Commonwealth Games title in April, 2018, in Gold Coast, Australia.

"Being a world champion is really something no one can take away from you, to be the best in the world.

"The Commonwealth Games are in the Commonwealth, yes, but it's a multi-sport games and it's at the highest level for squash. Nearly all the best countries are there. To get both of them is just one of the best feelings".

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Story first published: Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 12:50 [IST]
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