Cayman World Open 2012
presented by BDO
 Nicol David (Mas)
3-1  Madeline Perry (Irl) 11/3, 11/7, 9/11, 11/3 (51m)
 Jenny Duncalf (Eng) 3-2  Alison Waters (Eng) 7/11, 17/19, 11/5, 11/4,
 Laura Massaro
(Eng) 3-1  Low Wee Wern (Mas) 8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/5 (46m)
 Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 3-0  Natalie Grinham (Ned) 11/9, 11/9, 11/7
Quarter-finals night at Camana Bay started with an English double as Jenny
Duncalf upset the seedings to beat compatriot Alison Waters in a five game
marathon and Laura Massaro recovered from a game down against Low Wee Wern to
reach her first World Open semi-final. Raneem El Weleily also made a first
semi-final as she found her shots to beat Natalie Grinham in three, and to
finish Madeline Perry gave six-time champion Nicol David a real test before the
world number one reasserted to win in four.
first quarter-final of the Cayman World Open presented by BDO was an all-English
affair between two opponents who know each other well but hadn’t played
competitively for just over two years, but that didn’t show tonight as they
fought out another five-setter that was as close as can be.
The opening game and a half were a bit scrappy - Duncalf’s description - as they
got used to the slightly cooler, windy conditions, and it was Waters who won
that segment of the match, taking the first 11/7 from 5-all, and going 7-2 and
9-4 up in the second.
That game turned into the one that no-one wanted to win - Duncalf came back to
9-7 more on the back of a lapse in concentration from Waters, and both mixed
nice winners with inexplicable errors as the score crept up and up. Eventually
Waters took it 19/17 with a trademark volley drop but Duncalf was well into the
The next two games were comfortably Duncalf’s, 9-4 in the third and 6-0 in the
fourth were converted 11/5 and 11/4 and we had a decider.
There were no big leads in the final game, both playing fluently now, and with
hardly a point to split them the score reached 9-all.
A volley into the tin for once from Waters brought up match ball, which was
decided with one of the best rallies of the tournament, Waters not quite
catching hold of Duncalf’s crosscourt and tinning again.
Jenny has normally been the higher seed when these two have met, and the delight
she showed on that final point spoke a lot of the trials she’s been through of
last as her ranking has slipped. Another World Open semi-final does wonders for
the confidence though.
“It was a bit scrappy at the start, but in the second I was starting to feel
much better, and even though I lost it I felt the momentum had turned towards
“On the final point I knew she would be there to hit a crosscourt but I played
it anyway and fortunately it just clipped the tin. Delighted to win, a bit
disappointed for Al too, but not that much!
“We all love playing here, the whole vibe is great and it makes you feel so
relaxed on court - and it wasn’t too hot tonight which was a bonus!”
double up for English
Laura Massaro made it two English semi-finalists with was was ultimately an
impressive and dominant performance against Malaysia’s Low Wee Wern.
The match started out with controlled and patient rallies, and although Massaro
opened up from 3-all to a 6-3 lead, it was the Malaysian who started to get the
better of things as, much to Massaro’s frustration, Low moved ahead 10-7, taking
the lead on her second game ball.
That proved to be a temporart blip as far as Massaro was concerned though as she
proceeded to dominate the next three games, increasingly catching Low out with
boasts and crosscourt flicks.
She established leads of 6-1 in the second, 9-2 in the third and 5-0 then 10-3
in the fourth, with cries of “Cmon” emanating regularly from Massaro herself and
from watching husband Danny as the Englishwoman maintained her unbeaten record
against Low to win in a round 45 minutes.
“She gets so many ball back, whenever I play her I have to try to keep my
aggression up, that’s where all the “cmons” help. I’ve become better at dealing
with the pressure of being expected to win over the last couple of years and
that’s helped me improve my consistency and my ranking.
“I’m so pleased to make a first World Open semi-final, I’ll just take each match
as it comes now.”
Second seed Raneem El Weleily won through to a first World Open semi - she was
actually playing her first quarter-final - with a straight-games win over
four-time finalist Natalie Grinham that was anything but straightforward.
Both have abundant racket skills and both are willing retrievers, and the match
quickly settled into the expected pattern of short, sharp rallies with winners
coming from unexpected places from both players, with of course a few tins
thrown in for good measure.
From 5-all in the first the Egyptian found her mark enough times to build a 10-6
lead, finally taking the lead with Grinham closing, 11/9.
The second was even, all the way to 9-all, but a tin and a stroke did for the
Dutchwoman as Weleily repeated the 11/9 score to go two up.
A 4-0 start for Grinham in the third, but Raneem’s shots were going in more
consistently now and she levelled at 6-all with a volleydrop glued to the wall.
More sublime shots took her to 10-6, and after missing out on the first attempt
she took the match with a wrongfooting return of serve that left Natalie rooted
to the T.
So it’s not to be a fifth final for Natalie, who will feel aggrieved not to get
at leas a game, she certainly deserved that, but it could well be a first for
“I played better today than I did yesterday, and I’m thankful for that,” said
the winner. “Natalie has great racket skills and it’s always difficulty trying
to stay focused and consistent when you play her sdo I’m pleased I managed to do
“I’m really happy to make a first semi-final and I hope I can play as well
tomorrow and make the final.
“I haven’t seen much of the island so far, but I’ve seen lots of photos of the
other girls with the dolphins. I haven’t been to see them yet, and I hope I
don’t get the chance to!”
up in the end
champion and top seed Nicol David started the final match of the day well in
control against Madeline Perry, taking the first game 11/3 with the Irishwoman
struggling to get a foothold in the match.
it in the same vein with Perry struggling to match the pace injected by the
Malaysian who won the final game 11/3 as well.
But in between
Madeling gave the world number one a really good challenge. During the second
and third games there was hardly a rally that wasn’t long, well executed, and
plain tough. Each one had to be won, and the 10th seed was winning her fair
share of them, often outmaneouvring Nicol, which isn’t an easy thing to do.
had a slight edge in the second, which she took 11/7 after being 10/5 up, but
Perry was in the ascendancy throughout the third despite Nicol’s best efforts,
and they were considerable. Madeline moved to 10-7 with a lovely crosscourt
finish to a well worked rally, thought she;d blown it when she tinned a sitter
at the end of a similar rally, but held on to take a well-deserved game 11/9.
That was the
end of it though as Nicol resumed dominance in the fourth. “It was a really good
game, I enjoyed it,” said Madeline, “but once she stepped up the pace in the
fourth I just couldn’t live with it any more.”
Nicol was as
much relieved as pleased: “Very happy to win that,” she said, “Madeling kept
plugging away and coming back at me even when she was 2-0 down. She was really
firing it in and I knew I had to do something. I had to step my game up in the
fourth and everything was coming off for me, but it wasn’t easy.
“It seems that
everyone I play here I’ve played in finals before, it shows that the standard is
so high and there’s no easy games! “
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