December - WOMEN'S PLAYER OF THE MONTH
King wins Squash Playerís Player of the Month award
Zealander Joelle King has won Squash Playerís Womenís Player of the
Month award for landing the first PSA World Tour Platinum trophy of her
career at the Hong Kong Open.
The 30-year-old fifth seed defeated second favourite Raneem El Welily
11-4, 12-10, 19-17 in the final to capture the 12th PSA Tour title of
her career and her first since February.
"Iím just extremely happy to win my first Platinum event ever," said the
world no.7, who qualified for the season-ending PSA World Tour Finals as
"It hasnít really sunk in yet, but to be on a stage like this, with such
great fans, means a lot. I just want to go on from here and keep playing
ďI just kept thinking that itís the last match of the tournament Ė just
leave it all out there. Raneem is such a tough competitor and she showed
in the third why she is no.1. She just kept coming back at me and never
let it go until the end."
King was the first New Zealander to win such a big event since Carol
Owens at the Tournament of Champions in 2003.