On to the main draw
It was the last day at South Sound Squash Club, and a busy
one too ...
16-Dec, Round One:
 Nicol David
(Mas) 3-0 Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
 Annie Au (Hkg) 3-1 Line Hansen (Den)
10/12, 11/8 (42m)
 Nour El Sherbini (Egy) 3-0 Sam Cornett (Can)
 Madeline Perry (Irl) 3-1 Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
6/11, 11/2 (44m)
 Alison Waters (Eng) 3-0 Marlene West (Cay)
11/1, 11/4, 11/3 (19m)
 Samantha Teran (Mex) 3-0 Lauren Briggs (Eng)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 3-1 Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng)
1/11, 11/5, 11/8 (45m)
 Camille Serme (Fra) 3-1 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11/7, 11/6 (50m)
 Kasey Brown (Aus) 3-0 Latasha Khan (Usa)
11/3, 11/4 (25m)
 Low Wee Wern (Mas) 3-1 Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/8, 11/7, 11/5
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-2  Rachael Grinham (Aus)
3/11, 6/11, 12/10, 11/5, 11/9 (65m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng) 3-0 Catalina Pelaez (Col)
 Natalie Grinham (Ned) 3-1 Donna Urquhart (Aus)
11/4, 11/8, 11/9 (45m)
 Joelle King (Nzl) 3-0 Joey Chan (Hkg)
 Dipika Pallikal (Ind) 3-0 Delia Arnold (Mas)
11/9, 11/9 (42m)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-1 Aisling Blake (Irl)
11/4, 11/8 (42m)
Match of the Day
Duncalf, Joelle King,
the Raffle, and lots more ...
Nicolette's at it again
If the first main draw match of the Cayman World Open provided
double disappointment for the home fans as Cayman's own
Marlene West went down in straight games and then announced
her retirement (more to follow on that one), the next match on
South Sound's court one more than made up for it as Caribbean
Champion Nicolette Fernandes came from matchballs down in
the third to beat former world champion Rachael Grinham!
come through an 83-minute marathon last night, the early signs
weren't good for Fernandes as Grinham's tricky game left the
Guyanese struggling for most of the first two games, and at 10/7
in the third it looked all over.
Five points in a row for Fernandes made all the difference
though, and having taken the third she was on top for then next
two games, running down everything Grinham could throw at her
and reaching matchballs of her own at 10/6.
nervous rallies, three match balls saved, but the Australian
finally hit the tin ant the Caribbean celebrations could begin.
"I'm just so happy, and grateful, and thankful for
everything," was Nicolette's immediate reaction.
"You have to believe you can win, even if you don't expect to. I
don't even remember saving those match balls in the third, but
when I got to 10/6 in the fifth and she started coming back I
just told myself to keep playing the way I'd played to get to
"Very happy, very thankful."
Elsewhere in the early matches Low Wee Wern overcame
a sluggish start to beat Sarah Kippax 3/1, two-time Cayman
finalist Jenny Duncalf recovered from a second-game 1/11
blip to beat compatriot Sarah-Jane Perry, and Hong Kong
finalist Camille Serme came through a tough four game
opener against Emma Beddoes.
English success came as third seed Laura Massaro ended
the run of Colombian qualifier Catalina Pelaez in straight
It wasn't quite as straightforward for Annie Au, Madeline
Perry and Natalie Grinham, the 9th, 10th and 11th
seeds having to work hard for their four-game victories over
Line Hansen, Nour El Tayeb and Donna Urquhart, all taking, like
Duncalf, three-quarters of an hour.
The final two matches on court one both delighted the packed
South Sound crowd as second seed Raneem El Weleily and
six-time world and three-time Cayman champion Nicol David
displayed their skills.
Weleily, playing her first ever match on the island, was given a
good workout by Aisling Blake before winning in what seems to be
today's customary 3/1 in 40-odd minutes.
"I don't recall playing Aisling before," said the world
number two, "but I know she's been improving and getting some
good results recently. She played really well and I had to work
hard to win that.
"It's great to finally get to play in Cayman and I'm looking
forward to playing at Camana Bay in the next round."
faced the toughest possible first round draw in Egypt's Omneya
Abdel Kawy, who has been beating top ten players for fun since
her return from injury. The first was nip and tuck and at 8-all
it was anyone's, but as is her wont it was Nicol who finished
strongly taking the lead 11/8.
2/5 down in the second the Malaysian took nine points in a row
to double her lead and wrapped up the match in just over half an
"It was definitely a tough draw, for both of us," said Nicol.
"She's all there now, and when she's firing them in it really
puts the pressure on you. If she'd taken that first game it
could have gone any way, so I was pleased to finish that one, I
really didn't want to have a big struggle in the first round.
"Glad to take it in three, and really looking forward to playing
on the glass court now, the setting looks really spectacular."