Saturday, March 22, 2014

Nicol David Suffers Shock Defeat

Nicol David is consoled by her father Desmond. Image credit:

In the 29th edition of the Women's World Open Squash Championship, eighteen-year-old Egyptian Nour El Sherbini beat seven-time winner Nicol David 4-11 11-9 11-6 2-11 11-9 in one of the biggest shocks in squash history. [Malaysia's David, playing at her home club in Penang, had not been beaten in a world championship match since 2007]. 

Laura Massaro, who beat Egyptian third seed Raneem El Welily will now face Sherbini in the final.

Premier Advanced Toastmasters Club Vice President Education Kevin Wu text me at 7:54 AM this morning to let me know that a speaking slot was available. Of course I took up the offer and at Bankers Club on Level 21, AMODA Building in KL’s Jalan Imbi, I delivered CC speech #1 titled “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” – Round 9 of Project 15. My evaluator was Andrew Tan (Premier Advanced) and I can honestly say that my speech went well. In fact, the speeches that impressed me were the three Ice Breakers (including mine)! 

The meeting started on time but finished well beyond the scheduled time. I left immediately after my evaluation. By that time, it was already 28 minutes behind. I would give this meeting a score of a 3.5 over 10. 

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