Winning start has star targeting good year
NICOL David could not have wished for a better start to the year by winning the World Series Finals title for the first time in her career in London on Sunday.
It is rare for Nicol to start the year so early but the six-time world champion could not pass up the chance to add the one major title missing from her collection.
World No 1 Nicol completed her set of major honours after a hard-earned 11-9, 11-9, 11-9 win over Ireland's Madeline Perry in the final at Queen's Club.
"Winning the World Series Finals is a great start to 2012 and having the top eight players contending for it makes it very special.
"It's never easy but I've felt good all week and was very pleased to be playing well.
"Hopefully there's more to come," said Nicol, who dropped just one game in the semi-final against England's Laura Massaro in her five matches in London.
Indeed, there may well be many more successes in store for Nicol, who returns to action at the Cleveland Classic at the end of the month.
Nicol reached the Cleveland final last year only to be beaten by Laura but was pleased by her performance in London which should stand her in good stead for 2012.
"It felt a longer game today (Sunday), which is strange as yesterday I played three games too.
"I tend to approach matches differently depending on that. I played well during the crucial points and I'm delighted to have won," added Nicol, who has now won her last four tournaments and is unbeaten in 20 matches since her shock US Open defeat to Australian Kasey Brown last October.
Meanwhile, Amr Shabana put behind his struggle with poor form and injury over the last few months to clinch the men's title after a titanic battle with France's World No 3 Gregory Gaultier.
The Egyptian former world champion contemplated retirement at the end of last year but his 6-11, 12-10, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8 win was enough proof that at 32, World No 8 Shabana still has much left in the tank.