Maniam: Nicol David can rule the game for years to come

Malaysia’s squash queen Nicol David is capable of setting more world standards and joining big sports personalities like golfer Tiger Woods and former German tennis superstar Steffi Graf, said her former coach Major (rtd) S. Maniam. Nicol, 24, now a fully mature player, is not only relying on physical fitness but has all-round ability in squash and there is hardly any rival to match her performance at present, he said. “She has immense talent and I think she will break records in women’s squash. She will win more titles and matches and become a legend, just like Pakistan’s Jahanghir Khan, who ruled men’s squash in the 70s and 80s.

“At present I do not see anyone coming close to threatening her throne as she has managed to widen the gap with the rest,” said Maniam. At present, Nicol is officially the world number one in women’s squash and the current British Open and World Open champion. She also won the World Junior title twice in 1999 and 2000. Maniam, who is based in Chennai, has been the Asian Squash Federation’s Director of Coaching for the last 12 years and is also a consultant coach for the Squash Rackets Federation of India. Read more of this post

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Cricket World Cup week 5

Apr 21 England won by 1 wicket (with 1 ball remaining). West Indies 300 (49.5 ov); England 301/9 (49.5 ov)
Apr 20 Australia won by 215 runs. Australia 348/6 (50 ov); New Zealand 133 (25.5 ov)
Apr 19 West Indies won by 99 runs. West Indies 230/5 (50 ov); Bangladesh 131 (43.5 ov)
Apr 18 Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 240 balls remaining). Ireland 77 (27.4 ov); Sri Lanka 81/2 (10 ov)
Apr 17 South Africa won by 9 wickets (with 184 balls remaining). England 154 (48 ov); South Africa 157/1 (19.2 ov)
Apr 16 Australia won by 7 wickets (with 44 balls remaining). Sri Lanka 226 (49.4 ov); Australia 232/3 (42.4 ov)
Apr 15 Ireland won by 74 runs. Ireland 243/7 (50 ov); Bangladesh 169 (41.2 ov)