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Squash: Malaysia to host Women’s World Champs from 2015 to 2017

Nicol David takes on Camille Serme at the postponed 2013 Women’s World Championship, which was held in Penang, Malaysia, in March 2014.

Nicol David takes on Camille Serme at the Women’s World Championship in Penang in March 2014.

April 9, 2015: Malaysia has won the right to host the next three editions of the Women’s World Championship, starting with this year’s event from December 11-18 when World No. 1 Nicol David will be the defending champion.

 

Simon Arnold, Managing Director of Hallmark Events Group, announced that the WSA (Women’s Squash Association), in conjunction with the WSF (World Squash Federation), had awarded the three-year contract to Malaysia, home of David and World No. 8 Low Wee Wern.

 

It will mark the first time the tournament has been staged in the same country for three years in a row.

 

“We are very pleased to see Malaysia win the bid for this premier event,” Arnold said. “They have a very strong tradition in squash and hosting the World Championships for the next three years will continue to build on this legacy.

 

“Malaysia has real depth of strength in squash. Nicol David has been at the very pinnacle of the game for the last 10 years and it is great to see Low Wee Wern break into the world’s top 10. Furthermore the next generation looks in good hands following the gold medal success of both the boys and girls in the recent Asian Junior Team Championships.”

 

The World Championship will feature a 32-strong field battling for the largest purse in the women’s game. The tournament will include the top 23 players from the WSA World Rankings and eight players from the pre-event World Championship Qualifying Competition. One wildcard will be awarded by the organisers.

 

The 2015 World Championship will also be the first to be staged under the auspices of the new merger between the WSA and the PSA (Professional Squash Association).

 

Tommy Berden, Chief Executive of the WSA, said: “We are excited to be returning to Malaysia, a country with a successful history in the sport. It was crucial for us to create some stability and continuity for our pinnacle event and we are delighted to be hosting the Women’s World Championship for three years in Asia, which is a very important market for squash.

 

“Squash continues to make huge growth in its appeal across a wide range of audiences and we will be working closely with the promoters to look at every component of the event.

 

“Strategies are being put in place to design something very special and I believe, given the venue – which will be announced shortly and is unique – we have the foundations to put on a great show and set a new benchmark for the sport.”

 

David won the most recent World Championship in Egypt in December, but was knocked out in the semi-finals at the previous event, which was held in her native Penang in March 2014.

 

The 31-year-old made history in February by topping the world rankings for a 106th month to become the longest-reigning No. 1 of all-time.

 

Source: WSA (wsaworldtour.com); Editing by SportAsia

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