Cayman World Open 2012
presented by BDO
Delia Arnold (Mas) 3-0
Tesni Evans (Wal) 11/9, 13/11, 11/8 (51m)
Sam Cornett (Can) 3-0 Lisa Aitken (Sco) 11/5, 11/7, 11/9 (30m)
Catalina Palaez (Col) 3-0 Lauren Selby (Eng) 11/5,11/6, 11/9 (23m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng) 3-0 Mary Fung-a-Fat (Guy) 11/1, 11/1, 11/4 (19m)
Emma Beddoes (Eng) 3-0 Nayelly Hernandez (Mex) 11/4, 11/4, 11/6 (24m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) 3-2 Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn) 6/11, 12/10, 9/11, 13/11,
Sarah-Jane Perry (Eng ) 3-1 Heba El Torky (Egy) 11/4, 8/11, 11/4, 11/9 (39m)
Latasha Khan (Usa) 3-1 Yathreb Adel (Egy) 11/6, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (47m)
keeps Caribbean bandwagon rolling in Grand Cayman
The first qualifier for the Cayman Women’s World Open presented by BDO was
qualifying top seed Delia Arnold, the Malaysian coming through in three close
games against Tesni Evans.
It was the Welsh youngster who made the better start, taking leads of 5/1 in the
first and 6/2 in the second, but in both games Arnold, after some early errors,
worked her way back into it, levelling at 9-all in the first and 8-all in the
second, taking them 11/9 and 13/11.
By the end of the second Evans was definitely working the harder of the two, and
was beginning to lose out in some scrambling rallies, but the third was still
just as competitive, nothing to split them up to 8-all. Again though it was
Delia who finished the game better, taking three points in a row to move into
the main draw.
The scond qualifier also won in three tough games. Samantha Cornett came out
firing, taking Lisa Aitken a little by surprise as the Canadian blasted through
the first game 11/5, aided by some Scottish errors.
Aitken picked up the pace though, and the next two games were fast and furious,
much harder hitting than the previous match, but still it was Cornett who
continued to get the better of things, just, as she took the second and third
games 11/7, 11/9 with Aitken frustrated at not quite being able to close the
“I knew it would be a hard, fast game,” said Cornett, “we both play that way but
I play better when it’s fast like that so I was quite happy to play her at that
game. I’m really pleased to qualify in my second World Open, I’ve been getting a
lot of snorkelling in but I need to do some serious practice now!”
Colombian Catalina Pelaez has been out for a few weeks with injury, and it
looked as though she was enjoying being able to run again as she ran for
everything in the first two games of her match against Lauren Briggs, catching
her opponent off guard with some lovely running winners too.
Having lost the first two 11/5, 11/6, the Englishwoman looked to be getting more
and more control of her opponent as the third game went on, but a 9/7 lead
disappeared courtesy of a trio of unforced errors, and Catalina seized on the
opportunity to win the final rally with a running volley boast.
“I was enjoying being able to run, but I think I relaxed a bit in the third,”
admitted Catalina, “and she was putting me under a lot of pressure with her
dropshots. I was getting a little tired, so I was happy to be able to win that
There was better news for England’s Lauren Briggs, who eased through to the main
draw with an 11/1, 11/1, 11/4 win over Guyana’s Caribbean Junior Champion Mary
Fung-a-Fat, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience:
“It’s completely different playing at this level compared to what I’m used to,”
explained Mary, “it’s very serious and very accurate. I see now what I have to
do, and how much training I have to put in to get to that level, challenge
“It’s just been great being here, meeting, seeing and playing the people I
normally just read about online, that’s the win for me.”
More English success followed as Emma Beddoes beat Mexican Nayelly Hernandez
11/4, 11/4, 11/6.
"I'm just glad to be
here really," said Beddoes, who is not long back into action after injury, "two
and a half months ago it wasn't looking good. This is the big one though, so I'm
glad to be here and playing quite well, qualifying is always a horrible thing to
go through so now the pressure's off and I just hope I can perform against
whoever I get tomorrow.
Next up was what promised to be a cracking match, and so it proved. There wasn’t
much to choose between Misaki Kobayashi and Nicolette Fernandes in terms of
ranking, style of play, determination .. even their outfits were a good match,
and it was more than a good match that they delivered to the South Sound crowd,
who were supporting their Caribbean favourite Fernandes, of course.
Long story short, virtually every rally was hotly contested, both players were
on the floor several times, and there were 53 lets or strokes, but it wasn’t
that type of match, it was a fast-paced, no-quarter-given or asked for, allm or
nothing slugfest and the crowd and ultimately both players enjoyed it immensely.
After Kobayashi took the first 11/6, there was hardly a point between them for
the next four games. Kobayashi had 10/9 in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th games but
Fernandes refused to yield and we were into a decider.
The Japanese led again in the fifth, only 9/7 but it made the crowd very
nervous. Two nervous tins from Misaki levelled it at 9-all, two forceful drives
from Nicoletter were too tight and after 83 minutes the Caribbean had itself a
main draw player. The crowd had probably seen the match of the tournament too,
and we’re only on day two!
“You guys have no idea how much pressure you put me under, bloody hell!” said a
delighted and relieved Fernandes. “It’s great to be playing in front of a home
crowd like this, but I’m a nervous wreck. I had a shoulder injury after the last
CASA championships here last year, it’s been a long road back but it’s all
coming together now and I’m really excited to make the main draw of the World
Open, right here in the Caribbean!”
Sarah-Jane Perry made it a hat-trick of English qualifiers as she came through a
feisty encounter with Heba El Torky - they’re both determined characters but it
was Perry who was more determined on the day, fighting back from 1/5 down in the
fourth to win 11/4, 8/11, 11/4, 11/9.
“Last year I was match ball up in the qualifying finals against El Sherbini, so
it feels pretty good to get past another tough Egyptian this time,” said Perry.
The final main draw spot was claimed by USA veteran Latasha Khan, who ensured
that for once there would be no young Egyptian winners with a four game win over
Yathreb Adel. It wasn’t the prettiest match, with 43 decisions , but Latasha was
delighted to be through to another World Open main draw.
“It was a difficult match but it wasn’t physically tough, as we never really got
any rallies going,” explained Khan.
Main draw matchups: Sherbini v Cornett, Teran v Briggs, Duncalf v Perry,
Serme v Beddoes, Brown v Khan, R Grinham v Fernandes, Massaro v Pelaez, Pallikal
v Arnold, LL1 Hernandez, LL2 Kobayashi
The main draw kicks off at noon on Sunday with Cayman's own Marlene West first
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