Datuk Nicol Ann David is a Malaysian female professional squash player. She is currently rankedworld number 1 in women's squash, and is the first Asian woman to achieve this. She won the British Open title in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2012, as well as the World Open title a record 7 times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. David is the first squash player to have won the World Junior title twice; in 1999 and 2001. . David joined WISPA and turned professional in 2000 when she won her first WISPA title, after only a month in the tour. The victory came in February, when she defeated Salma Shabana in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open. On 7 June 2008, David was honoured with the Order of Merit (Darjah Bakti) or D.B. She was the first recipient of the award which was established on 26 June 1975. David was also invited to carry the Olympic torch for Malaysia during the build up to the Athens Olympics in 2004 and being appointed as UNDP National Goodwill Ambassador for Malaysia. David's other notable achievements include the Asian Squash Championship, which she won a record eight times (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011). She also held a 13-month, 51-match winning streak, from March 2006 until April 2007. David has also obtained the WISPA Player of the Year on six consecutive occasions, from 2005 until 2010.
Raneem El Welily emphatically boosted her bid to become the next women's world number one when she despatched fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy in straight games in the final of the Alexandria International.