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Squash: David looks to lift Malaysian spirits

Published on Mar 17, 2014 4:46 PM
 
Malaysia's world No.1 Nicol David warned competition was now tougher than ever as she sets out to defend her title at the world women's championships on her home island of Penang. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia's world No.1 Nicol David warned competition was now tougher than ever as she sets out to defend her title at the world women's championships on her home island of Penang.

The peerless David, who has won a record seven world titles and has held the top ranking since 2006, is the hot favourite to lift the trophy for the eighth time.

The 30-year-old can help boost Malaysian spirits after the disappearance of flight Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 with 239 passengers on board nine days ago caused widespread shock.

David has made a turbo-charged start to the year, winning back-to-back titles at the Tournament of Champions and Cleveland Classic in January and February.

 
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