David too strong for Duncalf

Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf in action at last year's National Championship. CREDIT Steve Line.
Harrogate's Jenny Duncalf in action at last year's National Championship. CREDIT Steve Line.
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HARROGATE’S Jenny Duncalf finished runner-up at the CIMB Malaysian Open on Saturday.

Winner and world number one Nicol David delighted the home fans by collecting a seventh straight title.

The tournament, which has been upgraded to World Series status this year, attracted the globe’s top players and provided the crowds with some incredibly high level of squash all week.

Number two seed and second in the world Duncalf beat France’s Camille Serme in the semi-final.

Duncalf edged a close opening game against Serme and then controlled the remainder of the encounter. winning through 14/12 11/5 11/8.

She had previously felled Australia’s Kasey Brown at the quarter-final stage.

The final was a repeat of last year’s climax and the second World Series event in a row that the world’s top two players have faced off for the title.

Duncalf last defeated David back in 2009, scoring two victories in a row. Since then David has dominated their head to head and the final this time was no different.

The packed out crowd, all wanted to see their country’s megastar David in action. Duncalf had her chances, holding three games balls in the second but David’s retrieving and nerve under pressure was too much and she closed out the match in 42 minutes.

The title was David’s 52nd of her career and she will go into next week’s Singapore Open in ominous form.