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World Number One Nicol David Wins Qatar Classic Squash Title For Third Year Running

Doha, QATAR – World Number One and defending champion Nicol David cruised to a third successive Qatar Classic Squash title, sponsored by Qatar Airways, in Doha at the weekend.

Malaysia’s wonder girl stormed to victory in less than 30 minutes with a comprehensive 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 straight games win over world number two Natalie Grinham, from the Netherlands.

After taking her third consecutive title, three-time world champion David said: “It’s great to win again. I was fully focused, I felt confident with my shots and didn’t make any errors.”

David said she enjoyed returning toDoha every year because of the affection of the crowd – both home supporters and fellow Malaysians.

“It’s like my second home here in Doha with great support from Qataris and Malaysians,” said David, who hails from Penang, but currently trains in Holland.

Her victory extended the 25-year-old’s unbeaten run to 53 international matches.

Qatar Airways was once again the Official Airline for the tournament, flying in players and officials from around the world to Doha for the five-day event organised by the Qatar Squash Federation and held at the Khalifa Tennis and Squash Complex.

Meanwhile, in the men’s section, world number seven Karim Darwish beat his Egyptian compatriot, the defending and world champion Amr Shabana 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 to take the men’s title.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of 64 Airbus and Boeing aircraft from its Doha hub to 83 key business and leisure cities across Europe, Middle East, Africa, South Asia, Far East and North America.

About Qatar Airways:
Doha-based Qatar Airways flies to 83 destinations worldwide with a fleet of 64 aircraft and will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is one of the  customers of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five on order and scheduled for delivery from 2012. At the Farnborough Air Show in July, the airline also ordered six Airbus A321s. Qatar Airways is due to move to the New Doha International Airport in 2011, when the first phase of the new facility is scheduled to open. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the sixth year running in 2008 and the airline was voted Best in the Middle East for the third year in a row following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com

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