Cash and Courier advance

The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Legends Championships continued on Friday evening with two quarter finals being contested.

The first quarter final featured Karel Novacek of the Czech Republic up against last minute entry Pat Cash of Australia.

Wearing his trademark black and white headband, Cash, the 1987 Wimbledon champion, took control early on in the blustery conditions, even though clay is not his favourite surface.

Pat Cash

Pat Cash

The first set rushed by with Cash claiming it 6-2 as Novacek seemed to struggle to find his feet. However, the second set was not as straight forward for Cash as his opponent upped his game and mounted a very strong challenge. In spite of this, Cash maintained his cool and claimed the second set 6-4 to advance to the semi -finals on Saturday where he will face Jimmy Arias.

In the second quarter final of the day, defending champion Jim Courier of the USA kicked off his title defence against Mikael Pernfors of Sweden.

Pernfors showed early on that he meant business, using slices and off-speed shots to confound Courier in the blustery conditions. However, Courier kept his head and claimed the first set 6-3.

The second set was an even tougher battle, as the advantage swung back and forth throughout the set. However, in spite of being a crowd favourite, Pernfors could not keep the defending champion down as Courier claimed the second set 6-4 to advance to a semi-final berth against Mark Philippousis on Saturday.