She has been number one in the world for almost five years and in 2010 Nicol David was unstoppable. There isn?t too much to say about David in 2010 except that she was undefeated. She dominated so much that she was only pushed to five games once the whole year.
It started back in January at the Chennai Open. She marched through the draw without dropping a game, gaining revenge over Jenny Duncalf in the final for her two losses to her the previous year.
She followed this up with further titles at the KL Open, beating Omneya Abdel Kawy in the final and the Cayman Islands Open, easing past Duncalf in the final. She didn?t drop a game in either tournament.
In May she retained her Asian Championship crown for the seventh consecutive time, since the first staging of it back in 1998. She remains undefeated in the event.
July saw David hold onto her Malaysian Open title with a sixth successive title. She was pushed to the limit by England team mates Alison Waters and Duncalf in the semi final and the final. Waters was once again breathing down David?s neck in the Singapore Masters final. It was a straight game victory for David but there was nothing in it and it could have gone either way.
The records continued in August at the Hong Kong Open as David claimed a sixth consecutive title at the event. She beat Duncalf in the final.
If that wasn?t enough David made it a record equalling fifth World Open title in Egypt in September. She stormed through the draw without dropping a game and disappointed local fans by ending Kawy?s run in the final.
October saw David collect the only title that was eluding her. At the Commonwealth Games, David finally claimed the biggest title in squash with a victory over Duncalf in the final. She didn?t drop a game throughout.
She didn?t let up after this and collected her 49th and 50th career title at the Torneo International in Mexico and the Qatar Classic. She defeated Rachel Grinham in both finals.
David finished the year by leading the Malaysian team to a best ever 3rd place at the Women?s World teams in New Zealand.
There will be no let up in 2011 and David will continue to cement herself as one or if not the best female player of all time.
2010 tour win-loss record: 39-0
Career titles: 50