Eight-time World Champion Nicol David rode a wave of fervent home support to dispatch England’s Alison Waters and move into the quarter-final of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship held in Bukit Jalil’s National Squash Centre, Malaysia.
Set in the Nicol David Arena, the match began in an attritional style with both players trading cautious blows in a bid to find a chink in each other’s armour. David, who beat 2007 winner Rachael Grinham in the opening round, increased the tempo mid-game and Waters struggled to respond as the Penangite took the first game, before she controlled proceedings in the second to double her lead with a tinned shot from Waters handing her a two-game advantage.
Waters came out fighting at the beginning of the third and final game and marched into a 5-1 lead as she looked to be on the verge of launching a strong comeback, with a particularly gruelling 50 shot plus rally going in the World No.11’s favour. However, David picked up the pace again and roared back to take the next 10 points in a sensational ending to 38-minute encounter. The World No.5’s 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 win sends her through to the last eight where she could meet Nour El Sherbini, the World No.2 who has beaten David on each of the last four occasions.
“You need to be on it, every point, and that’s how I felt today so I was very pleased with my performance,” said David.
“Every player wants to start well and get in there first because it always gives you that extra bit of confidence. Playing Alison as well, you have to be on it and you can’t give her any confidence to play her game. I really dug deep and I played the right shots and had the right tactics at the right time so I’m really pleased to come through 3-0.
“I’m really pleased to play the way I did today. If I can bring this forward to tomorrow then I will be pushing the quarter-finals as best I can.”
Result – Second Round: Naza PSA Women’s World Championship
 Nicol David (MAS) bt Alison Waters (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 (38m)
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