Guyanese champion Nicolette Fernandes announces retirement from professional squash

After a 14-year career and two tour titles under her belt, Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes has announced her retirement from professional squash.

Fernandes was born in Toronto, Canada, but has always represented Guyana in international competition. In 2009, She was honored with the the title of ‘Guyana’s Sports Woman of the Year’ when she became the country’s first female to win both the men’s and women’s national championships.

Fernandes sustained a career-threatening knee injury in 2007 that sidelined her for two years, at the end of which Nicolette had to start all over again. Her achievements included winning 149 of her 277 matches, while reaching a career-high world ranking of #19 in October 2013. Fernandes has two major titles under her belt including the 2009 Greek Open and the 2012 Internacional Sporta Open.

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Fernandes told PSA World tour, “The ultimate goal was always to be World No.1 and be a champion. I didn’t achieve those but man did I try. Nobody could fault my effort. Because of that I have peace because I put everything into it. Most of the time it was just me going around the world playing, there were a few of my countrymen going around, but mostly it was just me.”

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