quarter-finals in Camana Bay
Quarter-finals night at Camana Bay started with an English
double as Jenny Duncalf upset the seedings to beat compatriot
Alison Waters in a five game marathon and Laura Massaro
recovered from a game down against Low Wee Wern to reach her
first World Open semi-final.
Raneem El Weleily also made a first
semi-final as she found her shots to beat Natalie Grinham in
three, and to finish Madeline Perry gave six-time champion Nicol
David a real test before the world number one reasserted to win
 Nicol David (Mas)
3-1  Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/3, 11/7, 9/11,
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
3-2  Alison Waters (Eng)
7/11, 17/19, 11/5, 11/4,
 Laura Massaro (Eng)
3-1  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/5
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
3-0  Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/9, 11/9, 11/7
Marlene calls it a day ...
plus lots more
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 3-2  Alison Waters (Eng)
7/11, 17/19, 11/5, 11/4,
Comeback Queen Jenny
first quarter-final of the Cayman World Open presented by BDO
was an all-English affair between two opponents who know each
other well but hadn’t played competitively for just over two
years, but that didn’t show tonight as they fought out another
five-setter that was as close as can be.
The opening game and a half were a bit scrappy - Duncalf’s
description - as they got used to the slightly cooler, windy
conditions, and it was Waters who won that segment of the match,
taking the first 11/7 from 5-all, and going 7-2 and 9-4 up in
That game turned into the one that no-one wanted to win -
Duncalf came back to 9-7 more on the back of a lapse in
concentration from Waters, and both mixed nice winners with
inexplicable errors as the score crept up and up. Eventually
Waters took it 19/17 with a trademark volley drop but Duncalf
was well into the match now.
next two games were comfortably Duncalf’s, 9-4 in the third and
6-0 in the fourth were converted 11/5 and 11/4 and we had a
There were no big leads in the final game, both playing fluently
now, and with hardly a point to split them the score reached
A volley into the tin for once from Waters brought up match
ball, which was decided with one of the best rallies of the
tournament, Waters not quite catching hold of Duncalf’s
crosscourt and tinning again.
has normally been the higher seed when these two have met, and
the delight she showed on that final point spoke a lot of the
trials she’s been through of last as her ranking has slipped.
Another World Open semi-final does wonders for the confidence
“It was a bit scrappy at the start, but in the second I was
starting to feel much better, and even though I lost it I felt
the momentum had turned towards me.
“On the final point I knew she would be there to hit a
crosscourt but I played it anyway and fortunately it just
clipped the tin. Delighted to win, a bit disappointed for Al
too, but not that much!
“We all love playing here, the whole vibe is great and it makes
you feel so relaxed on court - and it wasn’t too hot tonight
which was a bonus!”
Massaro (Eng) 3-1  Low Wee Wern (Mas)
8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (46m)
Massaro double up for English
Massaro made it two English semi-finalists with was was
ultimately an impressive and dominant performance against
Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern.
The match started out with controlled and patient rallies, and
although Massaro opened up from 3-all to a 6-3 lead, it was the
Malaysian who started to get the better of things as, much to
Massaro’s frustration, Low moved ahead 10-7, taking the lead on
her second game ball.
That proved to be a temporart blip as far as Massaro was
concerned though as she proceeded to dominate the next three
games, increasingly catching Low out with boasts and crosscourt
She established leads of 6-1 in the second, 9-2 in the third and
5-0 then 10-3 in the fourth, with cries of “Cmon” emanating
regularly from Massaro herself and from watching husband Danny
as the Englishwoman maintained her unbeaten record against Low
to win in a round 45 minutes.
gets so many ball back, whenever I play her I have to try to
keep my aggression up, that’s where all the “cmons” help.
become better at dealing with the pressure of being expected to
win over the last couple of years and that’s helped me improve
my consistency and my ranking.
“I’m so pleased to make a first World Open semi-final, I’ll just
take each match as it comes now.”
Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-0  Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/9, 11/7 (26m)
Raneem edges it
Second seed Raneem El Weleily won through to a first World Open
semi - she was actually playing her first quarter-final - with a
straight-games win over four-time finalist Natalie Grinham that
was anything but straightforward.
have abundant racket skills and both are willing retrievers, and
the match quickly settled into the expected pattern of short,
sharp rallies with winners coming from unexpected places from
both players, with of course a few tins thrown in for good
From 5-all in the first the Egyptian found her mark enough times
to build a 10-6 lead, finally taking the lead with Grinham
The second was even, all the way to 9-all, but a tin and a
stroke did for the Dutchwoman as Weleily repeated the 11/9 score
to go two up.
A 4-0 start for Grinham in the third, but Raneem’s shots were
going in more consistently now and she levelled at 6-all with a
volleydrop glued to the wall. More sublime shots took her to
10-6, and after missing out on the first attempt she took the
match with a wrongfooting return of serve that left Natalie
rooted to the T.
So it’s not to be a fifth final for Natalie, who will feel
aggrieved not to get at leas a game, she certainly deserved
that, but it could well be a first for Raneem.
played better today than I did yesterday, and I’m thankful for
that,” said the winner. “Natalie has great racket skills and
it’s always difficulty trying to stay focused and consistent
when you play her so I’m pleased I managed to do that today.
“I’m really happy to make a first semi-final and I hope I can
play as well tomorrow and make the final.
“I haven’t seen much of the island so far, but I’ve seen lots of
photos of the other girls with the dolphins. I haven’t been to
see them yet, and I hope I don’t get the chance to!”
 Nicol David (Mas)
3-1  Madeline Perry (Irl)
9/11, 11/3 (51m)
Nicol steps up in the end
champion and top seed Nicol David started the final match of the
day well in control against Madeline Perry, taking the first
game 11/3 with the Irishwoman struggling to get a foothold in
David finished it in the same vein with Perry struggling to
match the pace injected by the Malaysian who won the final game
11/3 as well.
But in between Madeline gave the world number one a really good
challenge. During the second and third games there was hardly a
rally that wasn’t long, well executed, and plain tough. Each one
had to be won, and the 10th seed was winning her fair share of
them, often outmanoeuvring Nicol, which isn’t an easy thing to
always had a slight edge in the second, which she took 11/7
after being 10/5 up, but Perry was in the ascendensy throughout
the third despite Nicol’s best efforts, and they were
Madeline moved to 10-7 with a lovely crosscourt finish to a well
worked rally, thought she;d blown it when she tinned a sitter at
the end of a similar rally, but held on to take a well-deserved
That was the end of it though as Nicol resumed dominance in the
“It was a really good game, I enjoyed it,” said Madeline,
“but once she stepped up the pace in the fourth I just couldn’t
live with it any more.”
was as much relieved as pleased: “Very happy to win that,”
“Madeling kept plugging away and coming back at me even when she
was 2-0 down.
"She was really firing it in and I knew I had to do something. I
had to step my game up in the fourth and everything was coming
off for me, but it wasn’t easy.
“It seems that everyone I play here I’ve played in finals
before, it shows that the standard is so high and there’s no
easy games! “