Squash champion Datuk Nicol Ann David has announced her retirement after playing the sport for more than 2 decades.

The 35-year-old Penangite who won the world champion 8 times will officially put down her racquet at the end of the 2018/2019 Professional Squash Association (PSA) season in June.

David who is considered to be the greatest women’s squash player of all time, announced the news on her social media, stating that she is truly “happy and excited”.

“After more than 20 years playing squash for Malaysia, competing on the professional tour and achieving the utmost best from my career being the only Malaysian athlete to achieve these accolades and to be recognised as the greatest female squash athlete of all time by my peers, I can proudly say that I am ready and happy to announce my retirement at the end of this seasonal tour,” she told The Star.

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I grew up dreaming to be the best I’ve had my chance to live my dream The moment is coming but the dream remains #thedreamremains @psaworldtour

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“This is a moment that every athlete must go through – to explore fully on what more there is in store for them. I am now at this point in my life, ready to take on more beyond the pro tour. This decision has been thought through for quite some time and I do know this is my last season.”

“My mind and body have battled it out to stay at the very top of my game for such a long time that I feel that I only have this last big push left for the final season to give it all I have before I enter the next phase of my life,” she added.

Many friends from the sports and entertainment industry send out their well wishes to the squash queen.

Hype Malaysia would also like to wish Nicol David good luck and all the best in your future endeavours!

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