SQUASH: Nicol is cut down by Power

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JONATHON POWER, who upset the seedings in Doha when he beat Peter Nicol to become world champion, upset them again when he repeated the victory in the Tournament of Champions in New York.

The third-seeded Canadian won in four games six weeks ago in the world final, but on Wednesday night he beat the top-seeded Scot, 15-10, 15-5, 15-4, in a surprisingly one-sided semi-final. Indeed, after Nicol had led 9-5 in the first game it was the most one-sided of all their contests. Power was able to win more through weight and pace and less through his trademark disguises and flicks.

Power now meets the second-seeded Egyptian, Ahmed Barada, who had a tough semi-final with the fourth-seeded Englishman, Paul Johnson, before winning, 15-10, 7-15, 17-14, 14-17, 15-8, in fully 100 minutes.