‘Home­work’ for Ni­col

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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.

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