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Squash: Nicol David makes history as longest-ever World No. 1

Nicol David was honoured for her latest achievement at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions. Photo: WSA.

Nicol David was honoured for her latest record at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions. Photo: WSA.

February 2, 2015: Nicol David has broken the world record for the length of time a squash player has topped the world ranking by marking her 106th month as World No. 1 in the February edition of the WSA (Women’s Squash Association) list.

 

The 31-year-old Malaysian – who first headed the WSA rankings in January 2006 – overtook the 105-month record set in February 1993 by Susan Devoy, the four-time world champion and eight-time British Open champion from New Zealand.

 

Other top-ranking sports legends include including golfer Tiger Woods (138 months), 400-metre hurdler Edwin Moses (132 months), snooker’s Stephen Hendry (108 months) and tennis player Steffi Graf (94 months), the WSA announced.

 

“Being No. 1 is something you have to earn every day,” said David, who also extended her unbroken reign as No. 1 to 103 months since August 2006 – 45 months ahead of Devoy, her nearest rival. “For me, it is really about playing the tournaments. Everything else is a bonus.”

 

David’s achievement is the latest milestone in a glittering career which has included a record eight World Championship titles, two Commonwealth Games gold medals and four Asian Games gold medals.

 

Tommy Berden, Chief Executive of the WSA, said: “To become No. 1 in the world is a unique and outstanding performance in itself, but to hold the top spot for 106 months is simply astonishing.

 

“It’s a fabulous accomplishment that deserves to be recognised and I am delighted that the Tournament of Champions took the liberty to put Nicol in the limelight for yet another one of her remarkable achievements.”

 

Amr Shabana, the four-time world champion from Egypt who headed the men’s rankings for 33 months between 2006 and 2008, said: “I have known Nicol since she was 11 years old and, even then, I knew she was special. What she has done in squash is amazing … and she isn’t done yet.”

 

David’s record was saluted at last month’s JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York, where Tournament Chairman John Nimick and Associate Director Beth Rasin presented David with a congratulatory poster signed by the rest of the world’s top players.

 

Raneem El Welily (Egypt), Laura Massaro (England), Nour El Sherbini (Egypt) and Alison Waters (England) retained positions two to five respectively, while Egyptian Nour El Tayeb, 21, jumped two places to a career-high No. 6.

 

Malaysia No. 2 Low Wee Wern dropped one place to No. 8, while Hong Kong No. 1 Annie Au also dropped a place, to No. 11.

 

WSA World Rankings: February 2015

(Top 20; inc. points average)

1 [1]     Nicol David (MAS)                  3,446

2 [2]     Raneem El Welily (EGY)       2,580

3 [3]     Laura Massaro (ENG)            2,145

4 [4]     Nour El Sherbini (EGY)         1,548

5 [5]     Alison Waters (ENG)              1,538

6 [8]     Nour El Tayeb (EGY)             1,182

7 [6]     Camille Serme (FRA)              1,158

8 [7]     Low Wee Wern (MAS)           1,063

9 [9]     Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)  944

10 [11] Amanda Sobhy (USA)             764

11 [10] Annie Au (HKG)                       763

12 [13] Rachael Grinham (AUS)         657

13 [14] Dipika Pallikal (IND)               632

14 [15] Madeline Perry (IRL)               683

15 [18] Emma Beddoes (ENG)            555

16 [16] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)         542

17 [19] Jenny Duncalf (ENG)               540

18 [17] Nouran Gohar (EGY)               528

19 [20] Sarah Kippax (ENG)                520

20 [21] Nicolette Fernandes (GUY)    490

 

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

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