Malaysian David retains squash title

Nicol David has successfully defended her Commonwealth Games singles squash title after beating world champion Laura Massaro in straight games in the women's final in Glasgow yesterday.

The Malaysian world No. 1 (above, in white) recovered from a slow start to win 12-10, 11-2, 11-5 in just 44 minutes.

Massaro could not build on a good start where she led 8-4 and 9-7 in the first game, and there was some controversy in the third game when the Englishwoman was hit in the face by David's racket and had a stroke awarded against her.

Massaro appealed to the video referee but the decision was not overturned and David never looked back to triumph.

"It is a great win - probably even more special being the Commonwealth Games gold medal," said David.

"To actually win it for the second time round is such an amazing feat. Just to be out there, the crowd was amazing.

"It's such a high being at the Commonwealth Games. It's the pinnacle of any squash multi-sport games to be winning this gold.

"I am really pleased to win this one."

David is the world No. 1 for 99 months now and has won the World Open title a record seven times. - AFP.