Nicol David (Mas) 3-0
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
11/6, 11/8, 11/6
7th Heaven for Nicol in Camana Bay
David claimed her seventh World Open title with a straight-games
win over first-time finalist in front of a packed, noisy and
enthralled crowd at Camana Bay tonight.
The Malaysian went into the match as hot favourite, having long
since avenged two rare defeats at the hands of the Englishwoman
ranked three in the world, but the match, although over in three
games, was one of David’s toughest recent encounters.
defending champion started solidly enough, opening up a 4-1 lead
in the first game, extending it to 7-3 with the patient,
accurate squash tat is so effective. Massaro found her way into
the game, started matched David in the rallies and got back to
as close as 8-6, but David finished off the next three rallies
with lengths that were just too good to take the lead 11/6.
The second was tough, close, and probably crucial. David again
made the better start, but Massaro was well into the match now,
and soon pegged back that 3-1 deficit, levelling at 4-all. The
game, the match, was all about long, patient rallies, working
your opponent around and taking opportunities to increase the
pressure rather than going for outright winners, until the
pressure paid off.
Nicol’s game of course, and to some extent she foces opponents
to play her at her own game. Massaro was doing that, and for a
good portion of the game she was beating Nicol at it. The
Malaysian was the one working harder, doing more scrambling, and
she edged ahead 504, 6-5 and 7-6.
Another part of Nicol’s game is that she finishes games off
well, and she did it again, taking four points in a row,
reaching game ball with a lovely dropshot on the full stretch,
and doubling her lead 11/8 at the end of another long rally.
was crucial, and David zoomed into a quick 5-0 lead in the
third. Massaro, as in the first, settled but couldn’t get all
the way back, 6-4, 7-5 and 8-6 were as close as she could get.
Nicol moved to 9-6 on a stroke, 10-6 as Laura’s volley clipped
the tin, and she gleefuly put away the loose ball she’d worked
hard to earn at the end of the next rally to claim an amazing
seventh World Open title.
proud to make the final, but a bit disappointed that the games
but I couldn’t close any of them out. You have to work really
hard to beat her, she doesn’t lose very often but we’re all
working to get closer, but she steps up to the challenge too.
“I’ve had a great tournament and a great experience here, and
congratulations to Nicol on another title!”
can’t believe it,” said Nicol. “I’m so pleased with my game
tonight. ILaura played so well she was pushing me on every
point, I just couldn’t relax at any time, she played a brilliant
“I was focused for the match but I had to step up another gear
to win today, I just wanted to win so much, to win again in
Cayman, that seventh world title, I wanted it all!
been a great experience here again, I’ll try to see a bit of the
island before I leave tomorrow! Thanks to Dan, the sponsors and
organisers, and the fantastic Cayman crowd, we feed off their
energy, and they all do it better than anywhere else we go.
Thanks also to my family and friends all watching back home, to
my team here and in Amsterdam in Malaysia who have been with me
all the way this week and from the beginning, to all the
Malaysian supporters who always come and give me such great
support, and a special thanks to the SquashCity gang from
Amsterdam who have come out here specially this week!”
Nicol finishes another year on a high with eight tournament
victories, taking her to a career tally of 65.
Chaloner 15 Stafford 14