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Squash - 25. September 2007.

Grinham Wins Dunlop British Open Titles

Dunlop British Open Squash Championships, Manchester, England

Women's final:

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [1] Nicol David (MAS) 7-9, 4-9, 9-3, 10-8, 9-1 (87m)

The earlier women's final proved to be one of the most dramatic of all-time - in which Malaysia's world number one Nicol David opened up a two-game lead en-route to an anticipated third successive title.

But third seed Grinham, the 2003 and 2004 champion who had upset her higher-ranked younger sister Natalie Grinham in the semi-finals, refused to bow to the dominant Malaysian who had won their previous 14 meetings since April 2005.



The 30-year-old former world number one from Toowoomba in Queensland reduced the deficit by winning the third, then saw the fourth go to eight-all - before David served for championship ball at 9-8.



But the Australian recovered to force the match into a fifth game decider - and immediately raced to 8-0, and her own first match-ball. David took a further point - but the rampant Queenslander was not to be denied her shock victory as she clinched the title after 87 minutes in a 7-9, 4-9, 9-3, 10-8, 9-1 scoreline.



"It’s the best win I ever had. I already won two titles, but that was a couple of years ago, and I haven’t won any major tournaments since - and it was looking less and less likely that I would ever win another one," conceded world No3 Grinham.



"I felt quite focused, but I was a little slow in the beginning, not as good as yesterday. Then I thought, come on, the pressure is on her, make her work for it, and I tried to make sure I didn't give anything away when she was serving.



"Winning the third gave me a lot of confidence, and she was not as quick as she was at the start.


"I lost a bit of motivation over the last couple of years. I gradually started losing finals, then semis, then quarters – this year I had a couple of first round losses. I thought 'c'mon, what are you doing?'


"I know it's a long time since I beat her, I knew I could beat her, but the way my career was going I knew it had to be soon! But really, today, it was just unbelievable, it must be my most satisfying win ever."





The victory marks a notable milestone for Grinham who now boasts 25 WISPA World Tour titles. The success also extends Grinham's lead over Nicol David as the current WISPA player with the most Tour titles.



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 4092 Email: [email protected] 25 September 2007

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