So it is finally come to an end – the splendid journey that Malaysia’s squash queen Datuk Nicol David has given us.
On Feb 19, the 35-year-old announced her retirement at the end of the 2018/2019 season.
The Penang-born Nicol is regarded as the greatest female player of all time because of her successes in her career spanning 20 years.
Check out some of the stats from her stellar career:
> World Champion for EIGHT times! She won her first title in 2005 and her last one in 2014.
> Holds the record of the most championship titles for a female squash player – 81 Professional Squash Association (PSA) titles from 102 finals.
> Voted by squash fans as the ‘Greatest of All Time’ in 2018.
> Held the world number one spot for over nine years.
> She holds the record for the longest consecutive number one streak – 109 months, and the most months at the top – 112 months.
> She also holds a staggering 56-match winning streak. Beat that!
> She has played for Malaysia for more than 20 years.
So what’s next for her?
She wants to raise awareness of sports internationally and work to build a support team for professional athletes.
She also wants to actively focus on the Nicol David Foundation, which is targeted at empowering women through sports while improving their studies and soft skills.
Nicol will also share her experiences by conducting a series of talks and written materials.
Enjoy your well-earned break Nicol (at the end of this season), and come up again to inspire us in other ways.
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