MALAYSIAN squash superstar Nicol David’s bid to win a fourth straight World Games gold was ended as she suffered a first defeat to a fellow Asian for 15 years.
The 33-year-old eight-times world champion was beaten 3-2 by Hong Kong’s Joey Chan, who produced the performance of her career to beat her idol.
David, who is ranked sixth in the world, lost 11-7 10-12 11-5 4-11 5-11 against world number 19 Chan in the semi-final in Wroclaw, Poland.
Women’s squash at the World Games – a quadrennial multi-sport event for sports not contested at the Olympics – has been dominated by David since 2005.
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But the Penangite, who had not lost to another Asian player since the 2002 Asian Games final in Busan, surrendered her eight-match winning run against Chan.
“I can’t believe it,” said Hong Kong No 2 Chan. “Nicol has always been my idol – she’s a role model for all squash players.
“I’ve been getting close to her recently, but to finally beat her for the first time is amazing. I am very happy.
“At 10-5 match ball, I was a little bit tense. I was seeing the finishing post, but I was quite relaxed during the match, under no pressure. For this event, I feel I am fighting for my Hong Kong team.”
Chan will face top seed and world No 3 Camille Serme of France on Friday night for the gold medal.