CANBERRA: Malaysia's Nicol David won her second Australian Open crown when she beat England's Laura Massaro in straight games Sunday, saying it was "heartbreaking" that squash was not in the Olympics.
The 28-year-old world number one saved six game points in a crucial opening game before overwhelming Massaro 17-15, 11-2, 11-6 in an enthralling women's final.
Playing in front of legendary champion Heather McKay, the defending champion showed why she is considered the greatest player of the past decade, absorbing everything the Englishwoman threw at her before taking control.
Massaro played almost perfect squash in the first game, slowing the pace and keeping David pinned to the back of the court, but her inability to convert the game points cost her dearly.
David came out firing in the second and although Massaro battled hard, the result was never in any doubt once the Malaysian had taken a two-love lead.
David said it was a shame that a physically demanding sport such as squash was excluded from the Olympics.
Men's champion Ramy Ashour, who beat fellow Egyptian Omar Mosaad 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 to claim his second consecutive title, also used his win to push for the inclusion of squash in the Olympics.
Ashour, 24, was at his brilliant best as he downed Mosaad, thrilling the big crowd with the audacity of his strokeplay.
Mosaad was also in superb touch but Ashour always had the edge over his countryman, sneaking the first two games then stamping his authority on the third, clinching victory with a devastating drive down the forehand wall. (AFP)