Harrogate ace Duncalf loses to arch rival David

HARROGATE squash sensation Jenny Duncalf was pipped once again to a major title by arch-rival Nicol David.

The Malaysian superstar collected a record sixth World Open title at the impressive Luxor Theatre in Rotterdam with a supreme performance to dismiss second seed Duncalf in straight games in just under half an hour.

In front of a capacity crowd of just under 1500, David demonstrated why she is lauded as the greatest player of all-time giving her opponent no quarter.

The English world number two didn’t do anything wrong, made very few unforced errors, but she had to work so hard to stay in the rallies let alone win them that it was hard to see where her points were going to come from.

The Malaysian was moving and hitting supremely well, exerting her presence on the match and on her opponent from the first exchange. David led 5/0 in the first after some long opening rallies, taking it 11/2, she led 6/2 in the second, finishing it off 11/5, and was totally dominant in the third as Duncalf’s spirit understandably wilted. There will have been few such impressive displays in squash, let-alone in the final of the Tour’s blue riband event.

Six titles in seven years for David and the Malaysian superstar lived up to her top billing.

“She was ridiculously good today,” admitted Duncalf.

“I wanted to stay on there as long as possible, but she had other ideas.”

David was quick to acknowledge that it had all come together too:

“This is my best performance ever,” she said.

“I didn’t expect anything but I wanted it so badly.

“I had a great support in the crowd, they were magnificent.”