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Nicol David Celebrates Cayman Islands Hat-Trick

Cayman Islands Open 2011
03-09 April, Grand Cayman, $68k
Round One
05 Apr/06 Apr
Thu 07 Apr
Fri 08 Apr
Sat 09 Apr
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/7, 11/6, 11/3 (29m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
Nicol David
11/4, 8/11, 11/8, 11/4 (47m)
Natalie Grinham
Nicol David
11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (30m)
Donna Urquhart
Nicol David
11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-4 (59m)
Jenny Duncalf
[6] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11/6, 13/11, 14/12 (48m)
[Q] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
[5] Madeline Perry (Irl)
6/11, 18/16, 3/11, 11/9, 11/8 (56m)
[Q] Amanda Sobhy (Usa)
Madeline Perry
6/11, 11/13, 11/8, 12/10, 11/9 (72m)
Donna Urquhart
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
11/5, 11/9, 9/11, 10/12, 11/7 (52m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Marlene West (Cay)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (24m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
Rachael Grinham
11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (28m)
Sarah Kippax
Rachael Grinham
15-13, 10-12, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10 (76m)
Jenny Duncalf
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
11/4, 11/6, 9/11, 11/8 (39m)
[8] Annie Au (Hkg)
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
        11/8, 11/6, 8/11, 11/2 (46m)
[7] Camille Serme (Fra)
Camille Serme
6/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/7 (53m)
Jenny Duncalf
Joelle King (Nzl)
11/7, 2/11, 11/3, 9/11, 11/3 (54m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)

Qualifiers:  (Laura Massaro w/d 2nd April, Joelle King to main draw)
Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng)           11/6, 8/11, 13/11, 11/9 (56m)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)                        11/7, 11/8, 11/2 (25m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Aisling Blake (Irl)                              12/10, 11/8, 11/8 (41m)
Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt Latasha Khan (Usa)                      11/8, 11/6, 12/10 (27m)

03rd April, Round One:

Donna Urquhart (Aus) bt  Joey Chan (Hkg)                 7/11, 11/7, 5/11, 11/9, 11/7 (50m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) bt Nicolette Fernandes (Guy)            17/15, 11/8, 7/11, 11/6 (57m)
Amanda Sobhy (Usa) bt  Eilidh Bridgeman (Cay)                          11/1, 11/1, 11/3 (14m)
Isabelle Stoehr (Fra) bt Kristina Myren (Cay)                               11/1, 11/0, 11/7 (15m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) bt Manuela Manetta (Ita)             12/10, 9/11, 12/10, 9/11, 11/6 (70m)
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Nayelly Hernandez (Mex)                          11/4, 11/5, 11/1 (20m)
Latasha Khan (Usa) bt Samantha Teran (Mex)                11/9, 8/11, 12/10, 11/4 (39m)
Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt Delia Arnold (Mas)                           11/6, 12/10, 11/1 (32m)

Men's Caribbean Challenge
Round One Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
[1] Ramy Ashour (Egy)
11/2, 11/5, 11/6 (21m)
Myron Blair (Cay)
Ramy Ashour
11/3, 11/7, 14/12 (24m)
 Shawn Simpson
Ramy Ashour
11/7, 11/4, 11/8 (25m)
Richard Chin
Ramy Ashour 
11/5, 13/11, 6/11, 11/8 (49m)
Alister Walker
Shawn Simpson (Bar)
11/2, 11/6, 11/5 (21m)
Gabe Rabess (Cay)
David Finch (Cay)
11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (22m)
Gavin Cumberbatch (Bar)
Gavin Cumberbatch
11/4, 11/3, 11/4 (21m)
Richard Chin
Richard Chin (Guy)
11/5, 11/4, 11/2 (20m)
Bruce Burrowes (Jam)
Chris Binnie (Jam)
11/8, 11/9, 11/2 (25m)
Micah Franklin (Ber)
Chris Binnie
11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (27m)
 Cameron Stafford
Chris Binnie
11/4, 11/5, 11/4 (30m)
Alister Walker
Cameron Stafford (Cay)
11/3, 11/4, 11/5 (19m)
Van Rolle (Bah)
Colin Ramasra (Tri)
11/3, 11/9, 11/4 (22m)
Regan Pollard (Guy)
Colin Ramasra
11/3, 11/8, 11/3 (30m)
Alister Walker
Alex Frazer (Cay)
11/1, 11/1, 11/1 (18m)
[2] Alister Walker (Eng)

Nicol David Celebrates Cayman Islands Hat-Trick

Nicol David celebrated her third successful title at the Cedrus Investments Women's Cayman Islands Open - but the world number one from Malaysia had to work for almost an hour, and squandered match-balls in the third game, before overcoming England's world number two Jenny Duncalf in the final of the WISPA World Series squash event in its third year at Camana Bay in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

Duncalf made a good start, leading 4-1 and 6-3 - but from 7-6 down, the 27-year-old Malaysian reeled off five points in a row to take the early lead.

Despite then dropping the second game, Duncalf had made a late revival - and used this to good effect in the third. From 6-4, the 28-year-old from Harrogate opened out to earn five game balls at 10-5.

But David battled back point before reaching match-ball both at both 11-10 and 12-11. Duncalf refused to concede, however, and clinched her latest game-ball to force the match into a fourth game.

And Duncalf made a good start in the fourth too, leading 4-1. But that was as good as it got: David reeled off the last seven points unanswered before celebrating her title-winning 11-7, 11-6, 12-14, 11-4 victory after 59 minutes.

"I tried to play more patient squash, to make it less work for me as I'd had such a tough match yesterday, not rushing things, giving myself more time," Duncalf explained later. "It worked at times, but just at the end of the first and the second games I couldn't push on like she did.

"I made it hard for myself in the third, to say the least, but I'm glad I took that one. I wanted at least to make a real final of it. The third took a lot out of me though, and in the fourth I just couldn't summon up enough energy to push through. She realised that and she made it hard for me.

"It's been a great tournament," added the England number one. "I love playing here. We all do!"

Nicol David, now the proud winner of 52 WISPA World Tour titles, was full of praise for her Tour rival: "Jenny played really well, especially in the third, she just put a lot of shots in. I knew I just had to work hard to get it back but couldn't quite make it.

"In the fourth she got a good start but I didn't want to let her get too far ahead so I had to really focus and up my game from that point. I'm happy to win 3/1, it was a tough match.

"It's so great being here in Cayman, the people are so friendly, the sponsors put so much into the event, Dan (Kneipp) does a great job organising it and the crowd really make it a great tournament - we're all looking forward to coming back next year for the World Open!"


David & Duncalf In Dream Cayman Climax

Nicol David and Jenny Duncalf will contest the dream Cedrus Investments Women's Cayman Islands Open final - but the world's top two players prevailed in highly contrasting semi-finals of the WISPA World Series squash event in its third year at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

Top seed Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is bidding to win the title for a third successive year, ended the brave run of Donna Urquhart - despatching the Australian qualifier 11-6, 11-8, 11-5 in just 30 minutes.

But England's world No2 Jenny Duncalf needed 76 minutes - and had to fight back from 2/1 down and save three match balls before overcoming long-time Australian rival Rachael Grinham 15-13, 10-12, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10.

It was Duncalf and Grinham's 15th Tour clash since 2003, with the Australian boasting a 9-5 lead as well as success in their most recent meeting in October in Qatar.

And after more than an hour of energy-sapping minutes in the Camana Bay heat, it was the 34-year-old Queenslander who earned the first match-ball at 10-7.

But Duncalf battled back to draw level at 10-all - and, after a marathon rally, delivered a volley into open space to reach her first match-ball before clinching victory when an exhausted Grinham hit the ball into the tin.

"That's just ridiculous, I'm drowning here, it's as if I just got out of the swimming pool," exclaimed Grinham afterwards. "It's about time we had a good one. I played well and I had a chance tonight, but she's not world number two for nothing, she's an alright player!

"It's annoying getting so close and not winning."

Duncalf, now in her 19th Tour final, had been looking forward to more agreeable conditions: "Coming here tonight there seemed to be a bit of a breeze - I hoped it might be cooler but it was just as hot as yesterday.

"I really enjoyed the game, but that second last rally, 10-all in the fifth, it's the first time I've ever felt queasy on court, I was seeing stars during that rally. I'm so glad that she tinned on the next one, I'm not sure I could have gone on any longer.

"When I was match balls down it was just about not panicking, but it could have gone either way. It's matches like these that you remember after you've finished."

Donna Urquhart was celebrating the best week of her squash career after winning two qualifying matches - both 50 minutes plus - then in the main draw beating the world number five, then the world number three, both in five games.

"I've had a good week, a great week," said the 24-year-old world No16 from Brisbane after losing to Nicol David. "But tonight was one match too far. I went for my shots from the start, I knew that was the only way I could do anything, but I just couldn't keep going."

The semi-final victory, David's 11th in a row in the Cayman Islands since winning her first title in 2009, marks up the Malaysian's 68th Tour final.

The final will be David and Duncalf's first Tour meeting since last August when they contested the Hong Kong Open climax - but it will be the 21st of their WISPA careers.

Perry Punished As Urquhart Advances

Australian Donna Urquhart continued her giant-killing run in the Cedrus Investments Women's Cayman Islands Open when she upset fifth seed Madeline Perry to reach the last four of the WISPA World Series squash event in its third year at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

In a match she described later as "definitely my best win", the 24-year-old qualifier from Brisbane recovered from two games down - and saved two match balls - to overcome Perry, the new world No3, 6-11, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 to reach the biggest semi-final of her career.

It was a bruising marathon encounter which took 72 minutes to resolve - with both players collapsing onto the floor at the end of the match.

"That was horrible," admitted Perry said afterwards. "I was wrecked after two games to be honest. I took it early and put her under pressure in the first two games, but I couldn't keep it up. I don't know how I moved at all in the fifth!

"I should have won the fourth - I had two match balls but couldn't take them," added the 34-year-old from Belfast. "I tried my best, but I guess I'm just too old now. I must be mad but I still really enjoy playing these matches!"

Urquhart, coached between games by compatriot Kasey Brown, admitted that she didn't have the energy to think, let alone feel nervous. "I've never played on a court so hot - I should have weighed myself before we started, I probably lost 5 kilos on there tonight, my dress was so heavy it was weighing me down!

"After two games Kasey came to talk to me and I told her 'I can't do this, it's just too hot, I can't breathe, I can't think'.

"I was dying but she seemed to be ok, I was asking myself 'how is she doing this', then when she talked to Dan at the end I knew she was hurting as much as me, but at the time I didn't know that.

"I know I said it yesterday, but this is definitely my best win!"

Urquhart now has the ultimate test when she meets defending champion Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia who is looking for her third successive title. In their 29th meeting on the WISPA World Tour since February 2000, the top seed beat Dutch qualifier Natalie Grinham 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.

It was their first meeting since the pair contested the 2009 World Open final in September 2009, when Grinham was ranked two in the world - and since when she has celebrated the birth of her first child.

"I'm happy with my match," said 33-year-old Grinham, who last week won the Atwater Cup in Canada. "She made me do a lot of running, which meant I had to sort out my blister towards the end. I feel like I'm playing really well, no pressure, and I'm hitting the ball better than before, even if I'm not moving quite as well."

Nicol David added: "We've played so many times over the years, we have these monster matches. She's just won a tournament so I knew what to expect. I knew she'd be up for it and raise her game so I had to raise mine."

Natalie's older sister Rachael Grinham claimed the speediest route through to the semi-finals with an 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 win over English qualifier Sarah Kippax in 28 minutes.

The 34-year-old third-seeded Australian will now face another English opponent Jenny Duncalf, the No2 seed who had to come from a game down to get the better of France's seventh seed Camille Serme 6-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-7 in 53 minutes.

Grinham & Kippax Continue Cayman Upsets

Sarah Kippax
 and Natalie Grinham continued the successful run by qualifiers in the first round of the Cedrus Investments Women's Cayman Islands Open by earning unexpected berths in the quarter-finals of the WISPA World Series squash event in its third year at Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

England's Sarah Kippax, the world No18 from Halifax in Yorkshire, avenged her straight games defeat by Annie Au only two months ago in the USA by beating the world No11 from Hong Kong 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8.

"I felt as though I played well today," Kippax said after reaching the last eight for the second year in a row. "Annie has such good touch at the front with her drops, so I just kept it deep as much as I could, ran down anything short hoping she'd have to cut it finer and finer until she made a mistake.

"I lobbed a lot today - yes, I had to play her at her own game," conceded the 27-year-old.

Natalie Grinham maintained the form which saw her win last week's Atwater Cup in Canada unseeded. The former world No2, now ranked 32 in the world, is on a comeback trail after the birth of her first child almost a year ago.

The Australian-born Dutch star faced sixth-seeded Australian Kasey Brown, the world No6 who was ranked eight places lower than Grinham when they last met in the 2009 World Open. But the comeback queen was able to maintain her unbeaten record against Brown, beating the New York-based 25-year-old 11-6, 13-11, 14-12 in 48 minutes.

"I feel pretty exhausted after that - I've had a long run of matches now, I'm not used to it anymore," conceded Grinham junior, a quarter-finalist in the inaugural Cayman Islands Open in 2009.

"Kasey's improved a lot over the last couple of years, she's much fitter and her shots are really good. It was tough to break her down.

"I was doing well in the third, then my string broke - I've been playing well with that racket, I hadn't lost with it, and the new one had a different feel even though I string them the same. I started to lose the third easily and it took a while to get used to it.

"I actually think I'm playing better than before - I was world number two for a long time, and that brought extra pressure every time I went on court. Now I'm the underdog, I can play with more freedom and I'm really enjoying it. I've calmed down a lot in my normal life, but not on court!

"It's a challenge to play on the tour and be a parent too," added the 33-year-old from Almere. "But I love challenges!"

Natalie's older sister Rachael Grinham, the third seed, also took her place in the quarter-finals after beating local star and wildcard player Marlene West 11-5, 11-4, 11-3.

West admitted that the world No4 was a tough opponent: "There's such a gap once you start hitting the top players," said the Cayman Islands champion. "Top thirty you can have a go, top ten you're in trouble, but when you reach the top three, whoaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!"

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David duly reached the last eight as she began her bid to win the title for the third year in a row. The 27-year-old from Penang ended New Zealand hopes in the event by beating world No15 Jaclyn Hawkes 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.

David will now take on Natalie Grinham for their first meeting since contesting the World Open final in Amsterdam in September 2009. But the clash will be the pair's 29th on the WISPA World Tour since February 2000 - 16 of which were in finals!

Donna Dumps Waters In Cayman Islands Shock

Australian Donna Urquhart produced 'one of, if not the' best results of her career when she upset world No5 Alison Waters in the opening round of the Cedrus Investments Women's Cayman Islands Open, the inaugural WISPA World Series squash event in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

"I feel like I've earned a rest day," the delighted 24-year-old qualifier from Brisbane said after her third consecutive 50-minute plus match which ended in an 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7 victory over Waters, the fourth seed.

"She was hitting lots of winners from all over the shop, and I couldn't put her under as much pressure as she was putting me under tonight," explained Waters, the 27-year-old from England who was competing in only her second Tour event since recovering from an Achilles injury last year. "She was the better player on the day," conceded the former world No3.

But left-hander Urquhart, ranked 16 in the world, was delighted with her triumph: "I can't believe it, really - I've had some disappointing results in the last two or three weeks, even though I was playing well in training.

"I feel like I've turned it around this week, it's good to put it together in matches.

"I know Ali's been out for a while, but she's still world number five, and this is one of, if not my best, wins - so I'll take it!"

An earlier tussle saw Amanda Sobhy, the 17-year-old world junior champion from the USA, take on Irish veteran Madeline Perry, the 34-year-old from Belfast who leapt to a career-high No3 in the world rankings this month.

In dramatically close encounter, fifth seed Perry twice had to come from behind to topple the teenage qualifier 6-11, 18-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8 in 56 minutes.

"She's way too good for 17," exclaimed Perry courtside immediately after her testing encounter. "I'm one of the oldest on tour and she's one of the youngest - I scraped through today but it won't be long before she's beating me.

"She hits the ball so hard, and her low hard kills are excellent. That was just a case of grinding it out, it's all I could do against her. I just kept telling myself that if I won I'd get a day off to recover," said the 12-time Irish national champion who next faces Urquhart.

England's No2 seed Jenny Duncalf was also fully extended in the last first round match of the day when she was taken to five games by Joelle King before beating the unseeded New Zealander 11-7, 2-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-3 in 54 minutes.

The world No2 from Harrogate will now face French number one Camille Serme after the seventh seed from Paris defeated Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2.