Squash: Nicol David celebrates nine straight years as World No. 1
- Updated: July 1, 2015
July 1, 2015: Nicol David remained top of the Women’s World Rankings in July to stretch her time at the top to nine straight years, since regaining the position in August 2006.
David, 31, has now maintained her hold on the No. 1 ranking for 108 consecutive months and 111th months in total since first topping the ladder from January to March in 2006.
The Penang-born Malaysian has dominated the women’s game for the past decade, winning eight World Championships from 2005.
“It certainly feels special and I can’t believe that I have been World No.1 for nine years – the time has flown by,” David said.
“Sometimes I get so caught up on working on getting better and improving myself that it’s only when I take a bit of time off to reflect that I come to terms with it. I think I might only fully comprehend the magnitude of everything when I step out of the game, but that’s not going to be happening any time soon.”
However, David is under arguably the biggest threat to her ranking for nine years after World No. 2 Raneem El Welily narrowed the gap between herself and the Malaysian to 50 points.
El Welily won last month’s Alexandria International Open – where David was knocked out in the semis – to add to the titles she won at the J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and Guggenheim Partners Windy City Open in January and March respectively. However, David says she’s embracing the challenge.
“I think it’s going to be an exciting year with everyone pushing the competition on, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge,” David said.
“Squash still has a lot to offer that keeps me going. The experience that I get when I win an event, after all the hard work and dedication to training pays off, is such a thrill that nothing can replace it.
“That keeps me motivated and my goals now are to stay on top of my game throughout the new season and to do my best at each tournament.”
PSA Women’s World Rankings – July 2015
|2||Raneen El Welily||EGY||3,198.824||=|
|5||Nour El Tayeb||EGY||1,403.500||=|
|7||Omneya Abdel Kawy||EGY||1,159.842||↑2|
|8||Nour El Sherbini||EGY||1,125.625||↓1|
|9||Low Wee Wern||MAS||935.000||↓1|
Source: PSA (https://psaworldtour.com/); Editing by SportAsia