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Squash - 24. September 2007.

Nicol David meets Racheal Grinham in Manchester Final

RESULTS: Dunlop British Open Squash Championships, Manchester, England


Women's semi-finals:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [4] Tania Bailey (ENG) 9-1, 10-8, 9-3 (41m)

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) 9-3, 10-9, 10-8 (54m)



 

Home interest in the 2007 British Open evaporated when England number one Tania Bailey went down 9-1, 10-8, 9-3 in 41 minutes to Nicol David - the dominant Malaysian who is now in her 17th WISPA World Tour final in a row since November 2005!




"A three-nil scoreline doesn't show what a good game we played," agreed David, who this month celebrated her 17th month at the top of the world rankings - thus becoming the fourth longest standing women's world number one of all-time!


"From our last few matches she got the hang of what to do, and I had to work hard in every rally. It was a tough match, and I'm glad I pulled through.


"It was a great experience winning my first British Open title in Manchester two years ago on this court. I hope I can do it again tomorrow and I hope everyone that's been giving me such great support comes back too!"


The other women's semi-final produced the 16th international meeting between Australian sisters Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grinham - and the second successive win for older sibling Rachael after three losses already this year.


But Natalie, the record three-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist who is based in the Netherlands, was clearly still suffering with the Achilles injury which has minimised her preparation for the event.


"It was crucial to win the second, from 8/5 up," said third seed Rachael after her 9-3, 10-9, 10-8 upset over her second-seeded sister. "I knew it would be a boost for me, and for her it would have meant she had to come back and win three games. I know she's still not fully fit, just like when we played in Holland.


"It would be awesome to get a third title, it's one of the most important in the game and having two is already a great achievement for me. I haven't had a good couple of years, haven't won many tournaments lately, so it would be great to do it now," added Rachael, the British Open champion in 2003 and 2004.


Official website: www.britishopensquash.com


Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA

For further information: Howard Harding

Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130

WSQ 4090 Email: HowHard@aol.com 24 September 2007

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