Nicol David, the Serena Williams of squash, minus all the hubbub

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Nicol David walked incognito through Grand Central Terminal this week, as if she were just another commuter on her way to Track 25. If this were her native country of Malaysia, David might have been mobbed by worshippers. But this was New York, where the sport of professional squash is paying only a fleeting visit.

David was in town to participate in the Tournament of Champions, staged this month at Grand Central for the 20th successive year. Frenetic travelers who strode past the mostly transparent glass court near East 42nd Street did not quite know what to make of it. They were most likely not aware that David is the longtime queen of squash.