A tight Women’s Squash Association (WSA) Tour schedule is not helping Nicol either as she is competing in the Hong Kong Open which started yesterday, the Asian Games (Sept 19-Oct 4), the US Open (Oct 9-18) and the Macau Open (Oct 20-26).
Nicol however offered no excuses for her defeat at the Malaysian Open.
“A defeat is a defeat and there is nothing much I can do about that except to train harder and come back stronger,” said the seven-time world champion.
“It’s definitely disappointing to lose in the Malaysian Open but it’s fairplay to Raneem. She took her chances well. It’s obviously a very long season ahead and the Malaysian Open is just the start. For me it’s all about choosing and peaking at the right tournament.
Nicol have won the Hong Kong Open nine consecutine times and will meet a qualifier in the first round tomorrow.
National No. 2 Low Wee Wern will take on local player Tong Tsz Wing in the first round. A win will pit the 24-year-old against Malaysian Open runner-up Nour El Tayeb of Egypt.