- DATE OF BIRTH: 26TH AUGUST, 1983.
- HEIGHT (CM): 162.
- WEIGHT (KG:) 55.
- RESIDENCE: AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS.
- COACH: LIZ IRVING.
- INTERESTS: ART, DRAWING.
- SHOE SPONSOR: ASICS
- OTHER SPONSORS: CIMB BANK, HOTEL EQUATORIAL.
A true legend of the game, Nicol David is one of the most decorated sports stars of a generation and has broken a succession of remarkable records during her career to date – capturing the hearts of thousands of adoring fans in the process.
The Penang-born superstar burst onto the scene when she won her first Women’s World Junior Squash Championship in 1999 before claiming her maiden Tour title in February 2000 when she triumphed at the Savcor Finnish Open.
Later that same year, David became the first female to lift the World Junior Championship for a second time, while 2002 saw her win a Commonwealth Games silver medal in the mixed doubles event.
A couple of barren years soon followed but, after breaking into the World’s top five in January 2005, she went on to notch up a record-breaking year.
She not only became the first Malaysian to win the Malaysian Open Squash Championship and British Open, she then captured her first World Championship crown after defeating Rachael Grinham in the final to lift the sport’s most coveted prize.
January 2006 saw her become the first Asian women ever to reach the World No.1 spot but she lost top spot to Vanessa Atkinson three months later.
David demonstrated her dominance in the latter stages of the season, romping to six Tour titles and reclaiming her World No.1 ranking in August, before defending her World Championship title in November where she defeated the younger Grinham sister, Natalie.
David lost out in the final of the British Open in 2007 but a year later she swept all before her, winning ten Tour titles and going unbeaten throughout the year, capturing the British Open title and her third World Championship crown.
David’s 56-match unbeaten run came to an end in 2009 against Natalie Grainger, but the Malaysian continued her haul of titles, including capturing four more consecutive World Championship in as many years.
She was shocked by Nour El Sherbini in the semi-final of her home-town World Championship in early 2014, but she bounced back to lift the British Open and another World Championship title in December of that same year – beating Raneem El Welily in Cairo.
In February 2015 the Malaysian celebrated her 106th consecutive month at the top of the World Rankings to overtake New Zealand’s Susan Devoy as the longest-reigning World No.1, cementing her place as one of squash’s greatest ever players.
However, her unprecedented nine-reign came to an end in September of that year when she was usurped by El Welily as the new Women’s World No.1 and her 2015/16 season got off to an inauspicious start when she suffered a shock defeat to World Junior Champion Nouran Gohar in the opening round of the Stars on the Bund China Open later that month.
David fell to number three in the world towards the end of the year but recaptured some of her best form in December’s Hong Kong Open, claiming her 10th consecutive title there without losing a single game.
In July 2016, the eight-time World Champion set yet another historic milestone, reaching her 151st successive month in the top 10 – overtaking the previous record established by Men’s player Peter Nicol in October 2006.
However, she was unable to reach the final of a PSA World Tour event for the rest of the 2016 – marking the first year since she joined the Tour in 2000 that David failed to make a final appearance.