‘Homework’ for Nicol
NICOL David will use the PSA Tour’s World Series Finals in Dubai next month to kick start the 2017-18 season after a mixed bag of results in the previous season.
World No 6 Nicol won the Cuidad De Floridablanca title in Colombia in March to end a run of 15 months without a PSA Tour tournament.
Eight-time world champion Nicol also reached the semi-finals of the British Open but exited the Women’s World Championship in the quarter-finals against young Egyptian Nouran Gohar.
Now back in Malaysia to compete in the National Championships which begin at the Jalan Duta courts tomorrow, Nicol hopes to use the time back home to fine tune a few aspects of her game.
“I’m preparing for the World Series Finals in Dubai so it was just good timing for my training to be here in Malaysia,” said Nicol after making an appearance alongside cycling world champion Azizulhasni Awang for sponsor CIMB at a jobs fair in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.
“I think it has been getting better since last year and for me it’s more about awareness on court more than anything else.
“My performance and results are what I’m going for but in terms of tactics and my game, I’m still sharpening it up to perform on court.
“Winning in Colombia was special after not winning a title for some time and while taking that on board, if I’m feeling good on court then I’ll be performing.”
Nicol, 33, returns to the National Championships after missing the event the last three years but finds herself short of challengers in the absence of the injured Low Wee Wern and the retired two-time national champion Delia Arnold.
Nicol will only be in action on Wednesday after getting a bye to the quarter-finals, and will open against either Chan Yiwen or Aika Azman.
Nicol David (left) and Azizulhasni Awang (centre) sign autographs for fans during the CIMBsponsored jobs fair in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.