Nicol calls time on Commonwealth as reign ends

Nicol David, 34, says she gave it her best but ‘sometimes your best is not enough’, and now hopes for a bronze. (AFP pic)

GOLD COAST: Squash legend Nicol David said the Commonwealth Games in Australia will probably be her last after the Malaysian was beaten in the semi-finals on Sunday to dash her dreams of a third straight gold.

The 34-year-old, who spent a record 108 consecutive months (2006-2015) on top of the official women’s world rankings, was well beaten 3-1 by New Zealand’s Joelle King, the second seed.

The best that Nicol, the third seed, can now hope for is bronze.

“I think it will probably be my last Commonwealth Games,” said Nicol, as she approaches the end of her glorious career.

“The new generation is always going to change.

“You also rediscover things and start trying to push to improve. The exciting part is what we can get from the next face of squash.

“I gave it my all and that’s all you can do. Joelle has been really consistent; it was going to be tough to beat her.

“I gave it my best but sometimes your best is not enough.”

Nicol, the eight-time world champion, will face Tesni Evans of Wales on Monday for bronze, in what is her sixth Commonwealth Games.

She won singles gold at Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014.

“Of course, losing today is disappointing, but I need to focus on the bronze medal now,” said Nicol.

King plays number four seed Sarah-Jane Perry of England for the title.