Nicol David & Natalie Grinham Line Up For Fourth Successive Final In Doha
The world's top two women squash players will meet in their fourth successive WISPA World Tour final when Nicol David and Natalie Grinham line up for the climax of the Qatar Classic, the fourth WISPA Gold event of the year at the Khalifa Squash Complex in Doha.
Nicol David, the world number one from Malaysia, extended her unbeaten run against England's Tania Bailey in the semi-finals, but it took the favourite 52 minutes to overcome the fourth seed 9-7, 9-4, 9-0.
"She played well, especially in the second game," David told www.squashsite.co.uk afterwards. "My focus was a bit on and off in the second, but I just hung in there and started hitting the ball better. I stepped it up a notch in the third, volleying more and making sure she had to work from behind me.
"It's nice to be in the final here for the first time," added the 23-year-old from Penang, now one win away from her tenth successive international title.
The other semi-final revealed the latest chapter in the sibling rivalry between Australia's Natalie Grinham and Rachael Grinham - who first clashed on the WISPA Tour six years ago and were now meeting for the 14th time, with the head-to-head tally being 8-5 in older sister Rachael's favour.
In her third win this year, Natalie further reduced the gap - recovering from a game down to win 3-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3 in 45 minutes.
"In the first game she was putting all her lobs in and I was getting frustrated because I couldn't run around and get everything back - she was controlling it," explained Natalie Grinham.
"I had to change my game-plan, and it started working. I just hope I can have as good a day tomorrow."
Rachael added: "I'm not disappointed how I played, it was much better than last time, I felt pretty focused and on my game."
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