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A triumphant Nicol David with the 2016 SRAM Invitational title

David Downs Chinappa in SRAM Invitational Final


Malaysian hero Nicol David triumphed in front of her home fans in the final of the SRAM Invitational, beating Indian No.1 Joshna Chinappa 3-0 in Kuala Lumpur’s National Squash Centre.

The eight-time World Champion, who has returned to the world’s top three in this month’s World Rankings, beat World No.7 Omneya Abdel Kawy in the last four after topping Pool A, which also included Chinappa and former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf.

Chinappa, meanwhile, sealed her place in the final after a magnificent comeback against number three seed Joelle King saw her recover from two games down to defeat the New Zealander and set up a rematch with David, who won the pair’s Pool A fixture in straight games.

David had been in scintillating form throughout the tournament, having not dropped a single game en route to the final, and the 32-year-old kept up her immaculate performances with a virtuoso display against Chinappa, downing the World No.12 by an 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 margin in just 28 minutes to seal the title on home soil.

“Joshna played some amazing shots,” said David.

“I guess her five-game thriller against Joelle King in the semi-finals must have taken a toll on her. I am pleased with my performances throughout the tournament and I am now looking forward for the new season to start with the Hong Kong Open three weeks from now.”

Chinappa added: “She proved too good today. I tried to play my best but it was not enough. She was simply awesome with the crowd supporting her.

“I must say, I came here hoping not to finish last but I surprised myself by qualifying for the final. I am certainly happy with the results.”

The day’s other fixtures saw Kawy recover from 2-1 down to beat King in the third place play-off, while Duncalf overcame Malaysian No.2 Delia Arnold to take fifth place.

Results: SRAM Invitational 2016

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [4] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (28m)

Third Place Play-Off
[2] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [3] Joelle King (NZL) 3-2: 11-4, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10 (42m)

Fifth Place Play-Off
[5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [6] Delia Arnold (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6 (38m)

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