The Cayman Open is only two years
old but it is already a permanent fixture in the calendar of all the world’s
top female squash players and looks like becoming one of the classic events on
the sport’s global list.
That is thanks mainly to tournament
director Dan Kneipp who has elevated Cayman to the top of the Caribbean
hierarchy in squash terms.
The tournament last week started at
the South Sound Squash club and ended at the picturesque setting of the harbour
at Camana Bay in an imported glass court.
Thanks to the generosity of the
owner of finance company Cedrus Investments, Rani Jarkas, who bought a glass
court that will stay permanently at the Ritz-Carlton, Cayman’s squash allure
will now grown exponentially. (See story below).
There is a superb group of young
squash players coming through, exemplified by Cameron Stafford getting to the
final of the men’s competition.
He lost in four games to the considerably
more experienced and fitter pro Colin Ramasra, but it was a great learning
experience for the 18-year-old who is the Caribbean junior champion.
Jake Kelly, another talented Cayman
youngster, also did well in this tournament. He and Stafford did better than
their coach Dean Watson who went out earlier than them.
The women’s tournament was won by
world No.1 Nicol David of Malaysia, who beat the world No.2, Jenny Duncalf in
David has beaten Duncalf 20 times
in the 22 games they’ve played but significantly, the English woman has won two
of their last four meetings.
The battle of the politicians was
an entertaining affair, ending in a diplomatic draw between sports minister
Mark Scotland and West Bay MLA Cline Glidden.
Premier McKeeva Bush turned up and
thanked Kneipp, squash president Jeff Broderick and all the squash fraternity
for making the Cayman Open such a success.
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