The second day of last sixteen action in the Cayman Women's
World Open saw four-time finalist Natalie Grinham upset
fifth seed Joelle King to progress to the quarter-finals, along
with seventh seed Low Wee Wern and second and third seeds
Raneem El Weleily and Laura Massaro who beat an
inspired Caribbean Champion Nicolette Fernandes in three close
18-Dec, Round Two, Bottom:
 Natalie Grinham
3-2  Joelle King (Nzl)
8/11, 11/3, 8/11, 11/8, 11/7
 Low Wee Wern (Mas)
3-0  Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/5, 11/8, 12/10 (35m)
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
3-0 [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/9, 11/9, 11/7 (51m)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
3-1  Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/9, 11/6, 11/5 (38m)
The Other side of the Bay,
Alison, Raneem, Natalie
 Natalie Grinham
(Ned) 3-2  Joelle King (Nzl)
8/11, 11/3, 8/11,
11/8, 11/7 (54m)
Natalie on World Open course
time World Open finalist Natalie Grinham - undeterred by the
Haka performed right in front of her at the opening of the match
- set her sights on more than just a fifth final - after beating
fifth seed Joelle King in a five-setter lasting just short of an
hour the Dutchwoman declared “I’d rather win my first title than
just make a fifth final!”
The match was a rather scrappy affair with both contenders
playing well in patches, then succumbing to errors, not helped
by the hot humid conditions and the frequent intervention of the
court sweeper. “My hands never sweat, and look at the floor,”
said Grinham at the end of the match.
the most part it was Grinham’s shots that dictated the match -
when they were going in she was on top, when King could run them
down the Kiwi would frequently take the point.
Suffice to say that the first four game were shared, only the
second not being in doubt, but Grinham always had the edge in
the decider, winning it on her second match ball.
“That was very tough,” she said, “I’ve come here from frezing
conditions and it’s soooo hot here!
“I made the World Open semis last year, but my results hve been
up and down, I’m just happy that I’m playing well. I like being
the underdog, there’s no pressure on me then, so I’ll take that
 Low Wee
Wern (Mas) 3-0  Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/5, 11/8, 12/10 (35m)
Kasey getting closer ...
Wee Wern joined Malaysian team-mate Nicol David in the
quarter-finals, but the seventh seed had a much harder time of
it tonight against Kasey Brown.
The rallies were always
competitive, but the Aussie suffered from too many mistakes in
the first two games, much to her own frustration and Low’s
gratitude as the Malaysian took the lead 11/5, 11/8.
Brown started the third better, leading 3/0 and holding the
slight edge all the way to a 9/8 and 10/9 lead. The errors
returned at the wrong time though as a tin wasted the game ball,
a loose return resulted in a stroke for match ball to Low, and a
scuffed return off a tight drive spelt the end.
always tough against Kasey, she never gives up and was getting
closer all the time,” said Low. “The pace seemed to get faster
and faster but you can’t afford to slow down against any of the
“I’m used to playing in conditions like this which might have
been an advantage to me.
"I can play fine with my leg strapped [after a hamstring injury
in Hong Kong], but I’m glad to be able to get through in three.”
Massaro (Eng) 3-0 [Q] Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)
11/9, 11/9, 11/7 (51m)
Out of her skin, but ...
What a great performance from Caribbean Champion Nicolette
Fernandes, who pushed world number three Laura Massaro so, so
close for three games that delighted the Cayman crowd but also
left them with a bit of ‘what might have been’ feeling.
played out of her skin, did Nicolette, matching her illustrious
opponent all the way, even if she did get a little overexcited
From 5-all in the first Nicolette edged into the lead 8-6, but
Laura kept to her steady, solid game, and took five of the last
six points to take the lead.
Nicolette started the second even better, a 4-1 lead accompanied
by a few fist pumps and “C’mon” cries. Laura worked her way back
into it, levelled at 7-all, but Nicolette wouldn’t let her get
away, and at 9-all it was in the balance. Two volleys into the
tin spelt bad news for the crowd though as Laura doubled her
Roles were reversed in the third - 3-0 for Laura but Nicolette
levels at 3-all, 4-all, 5-all, 6-all.
Despite some serious heroics from Nicolette Laura will take five
of the next six points to end the Caribbean dream, but what an
effort, from Nicolette and her crowd, well played indeed.
“Nicolette’s had a fantastic tournament, and that shows you
just what a bit of home support can do for you,” said a relieved
winner. “She pushed me all the way in each game, it just shows
you can’t take anything for granted the level is so close these
“Nicol will be tough for anyone to beat, but until you get
through to play her you just have to take each match as it
Nicolette was delighted with her World Open, but her instant
reaction was “Sweaty!!!”
didn’t feel as though I was the number 40 playing the number 3,
it was just a couple of points in each game, that’s what it felt
like to me anyway.
“I’m thrilled with my tournament, disappointed it’s over
obviously but I’ve never had support like this anywhere, a lot
of the girls have told me they’re jealous. They believed in me
and made me believe in myself, it's been amazing - I’m going to
take this experience and run with it.
“I had to cancel my flight, so I don’t even know if I’ll get
home for Christmas, but it’s been well worth it,” she concluded.
 Raneem El
Weleily (Egy) 3-1  Dipika Pallikal (Ind)
11/6, 11/5 (38m)
Raneem pulls through
final last sixteen match promised for a while to deliver the
third upset of the round as India’s Dipika Pallikal led second
seed Raneem El Weleily by a game and a few points.
As you would expect with these two players, rallies were
generally short, with both going for their shots and both
scoring outright winners at regular intervals, with a few errors
from both sided thrown in for good measure.
Dipika’s shots held sway for the early part of the match but
Raneem slowly but surely found her range, levelled in a close
finish to the second game and began to take control from the
outset of the third.
“We have very similar games and it’s always close between
us,” said the winner, “she had me all over the court for a while
so I’m pleased to be able to come through to win it like that,
it was far from an easy win.”