CANBERRA: Malaysian squash queen Nicol David wasted little time in stamping her authority on the Australian Open in Canberra when she blitzed Australia’s Samantha Davies in straight games. David raced to an easy 11-3, 11-6, 11-2 first-round win over her unheralded opponent to set up a clash with 17-year-old Emily Whitlock of England, an 11-9, 7-11, 11-4, 11-3 winner over 15th-seed Kiwi Kylie Lindsay. World number one David has never played in an Australian Open before but she is the overwhelming favourite to claim the title this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 10th, 2011.
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