Our National Heroine Nicol David, Holds Down The World No. 1 Spot For 9 YEARS

That's close to a decade!

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Nicol David needs no introduction. She's our very own squash queen, our national heroine. Her trophies and accolades are aplenty but holding down the world No. 1 spot for 9 consecutive years might just be her biggest accomplishment to date.

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31-year-old Malaysian Nicol David has maintained her hold on the Women’s World No.1 ranking for a remarkable 108th consecutive month, and 111th month altogether, after topping the July 2015 Women’s World Rankings – meaning the Penang-born star celebrates an incredible nine-years uninterrupted as the number one player in women’s squash.

Nicol secured the world No. 1 position back in 2006

The Penang-based 31-year-old first became No.1 in January 2006, then began her unprecedented streak in August - since when she has dominated the women's game, collecting a plethora of high-profile tournament titles including eight World Championships in what has been a trophy-laden decade.

After securing the top spot, there was no stopping Nicol as she continued to dominate the squash circuit by securing numerous championships throughout her career

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The 2010-11 season was a particular highlight in her career, as the Malaysian won all-but-one of the WSA World Series events, just falling short of a clean sweep at the hand of Kasey Brown in the Delaware Investments US Open in October. She became the first ever winner of the WSA World Series Finals in January 2012, alongside the PSA event at Queen’s Club, London.

According to latest rankings, Nicol has accumulated a total of 3,241 points. Being the perfectionist that she is, Nicol wants to work even harder.

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"It certainly feels special and I can't believe that I have been World No.1 for nine years – the time has flown by,” said David

"Squash still has a lot to offer that keeps me going. The experience that I get when I win an event, after all the hard work and dedication to training pays off, is such a thrill that nothing can replace it."

"Sometimes I get so caught up on working on getting better - I think I might only fully comprehend the magnitude of everything when I step out of the game, but that's not going to be happening anytime soon."

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Well, no reason why she should quit the game, considering that her nemesis - Raneem El Welily from Egypt is fighting for the top spot having collected 3,198 points - which is just 43 points shy of Nicol's 3,241 points

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Her nemesis, Egyptian Raneem El Weleily has narrowed the gap to just 43 points, with 3,198 points, following her success in claiming the Alexandria International in her own backyard in June.

We're very proud of you, Nicol! You're an inspiration to all of us!

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By the way, did you know Nicol liked dancing?