29 February 2012

CIMB KL Open Renamed to “CIMB Nicol David KL Open Squash Championships”

Tournament renamed to pay tribute to Nicol David's record breaking sixth World Open title. Women's prize purse upsized to USD60,000.

Kuala Lumpur: The CIMB KL Open Squash Championships will now be known as the “CIMB Nicol David KL Open Squash Championships” in honour of the squash queen’s record breaking sixth world title.

"Nicol is a national icon, and she is arguably Malaysia's most successful sportsperson ever. We decided to rename the KL Open as a tribute to her - to ensure her achievements are remembered and celebrated annually," said Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group.

Dato’ Nicol David, 28, is the current women’s world number one and has been at the top of the world rankings since 2006. She has won the prestigious women’s World Open a record six times. She has also been inducted into the World Squash Federation Hall of Fame. Since turning professional in 2000, David’s best-ever winning streak was an amazing 56-match 17-month unbeaten run. To date, David has won 59 WSA[1] titles. She is without doubt the most successful women's squash player in the history of the game.

“We have been sponsors of Nicol for some time now and she has been a brilliant ambassador throughout. We look forward to progressing our relationship with her in the years to come,” Nazir added.

"In addition, we are also delighted to announce that the CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012 will be elevated to a WSA World Series Gold for the Women’s event, with a total prize purse of USD60,000,” he said.

Nicol David will be defending her title at the upcoming CIMB Nicol David KL Open 2012 from 26 to 31 March 2012.

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[1] Women’s Squash Association (WSA) was formerly Women’s International Squash Players’ Association (WISPA)