The Cedrus Investments Cayman Open wasn’t just for the top men and women players in the world. It was principally staged to boost the junior programme with thousands of dollars worth of equipment and to stimulate involvement at the grassroots level. Well it certainly did that.
The ministers challenge was renewed again which provided a welcome side show, plus there were exhibition matches and the juniors got to knock around with the top players like Nicol David, Ramy Ashour, Alister Walker and Jenny Duncalf too.
Minister of sport Mark Scotland lost in two games to MLA Cline Glidden. Scotalnd said: “The win Cline got was justified. I didn’t play well.” Glidden said: “It was great to be involved. I’m honoured I got to play on the glass court and look forward to more ministers coming forward and taking part. I also look forward to Cayman hosting the World Open tournament next year.”
As well as the Women’s World Open in December 2012, Cayman has just been offered the chance to host the Men’s World Open next year too. Discussions are on going as to whether that is feasible.
David retained her crown for the second year. She said: “I played extremely well in the last game against Jenny. I kept hitting strong shots but it was close. This year was very tough, I’m very pleased I won.
“In the end I handled a full line-up of talent. Winning never gets old for me. There is an extra incentive every year. The girls step up and the field gets tougher every year.
“I take these titles one at a time. But I will keep going and coming back because there is a high level of competition each year. But now it’s on to the Women’s World Open next year.”
David also provided squash photographer Steve Line a unique photo of the world champion in action, desperately diving for a shot. David admitted that she rarely does that and Line said that in 15 years of shooting the maestro he could not recall seeing her having to dive.