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Squash - 10. May 2009.

Grand Cayman Hosts Grand Final - & Davids 50th

RESULTS:         Women's Cayman Islands Squash Open, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

 

Semi-finals:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 9-11, 11-0, 11-8, 11-3 (38m)

[2] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 (25m)

 


 

The world's two highest-ranked squash players will contest a 'dream final' of the Women's Cayman Islands Open after Nicol David and Natalie Grainger prevailed in the semi-finals of the inaugural $37,500 WISPA World Tour event at South Sound Squash Club in Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.

 

And Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, will be celebrating her 50th appearance in a WISPA Tour final after her semi-final victory over Australian rival Rachael Grinham - the only current player to have featured in more finals (51).

 

Furthermore, the final will be the first meeting between the pair since US star Grainger defeated David in the final of the KL Open in March, thus dramatically ending the Malaysian's 56-match unbeaten run over the previous 17 months.

 

"Everyone's trying to do something to beat me, so I have to be ready for anything and try to play my game," top seed Nicol David told www.squashsite.co.uk after her 9-11, 11-0, 11-8, 11-3 victory over third seed Grinham. 

 

"Rachael plays a slow game really well, and it worked for her at the start.  I had to bring something extra in the next game, and I found my momentum and carried it on to the next games.

 

"I'm just glad to be in the final, and looking forward to another match up with Natalie," added David, now just one win away from her 35th Tour crown.   "Hopefully it will be a good match for the crowd, who have been great all week."

 

Grainger, the in-form No2 seed from Greenwich, crushed England's Jenny Duncalf 11-6, 11-2, 11-3 in just 25 minutes - the fifth seed clearly feeling the effects of her marathon hour-long upset over fourth seed Natalie Grinham in the previous round.

 

"I'm very happy with how that went - I knew Jenny had a hard match and a good win yesterday, so I really wanted to make sure I was on my game from the start, take my time and make sure my shots were tight," explained Grainger, the reigning US and Pan American Games champions.

 

"I worked it well, good shot selection and once I got on top it was important to keep it going, you can't afford to let anyone back in.

 

"Now it's the same routine as before - good food, good sleep, breakfast, a bit of sun and ready to go for the next match!"

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