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Nicol’s victory best Xmas gift for Penang, Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN, 24 DEC: Our squash superstar Nicol David has made both Penang and Malaysia proud as well as inspired many young Malaysian women by becoming the first woman in the world to win the World Open title for a record 7th time.

Nicol beat English third seed Laura Massaro with style in straight games 11-6 11-8 11-6 in the final.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Nicol has now scaled a world record never achieved by any other Malaysian.

“On behalf of 1.6 million people of Penang, the Penang state government extends congratulations to her discipline, enduring and fighting spirit that makes her the greatest woman squash player ever.

“Her victory and success is one of the best Christmas presents she has given to Penang,” he said.

He added that the Penang Water Supply Authority (PBAPP) shall reward Nicol with RM100,000 for her remarkable achievement.

The sum shall be presented to her on her return home, expected next year. – The Rocket

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