The world’s top 10 women squash players are here for the 2012 Cayman World Open presented by BDO.
It runs from Friday for a week and event organiser Dan Kneipp is excited by all the activity.
“Guy Harvey and Appleton have teamed up and created a fantastic souvenir T-shirt for the tournament,” Kneipp said. “They will be on sale at the South Sound Squash Club and at Camana Bay. Please support the event and get a great T-shirt.”
With so much time and energy going into the glass court being built, it’s easy to forget that the first three days of the tournament will be at the club courts.
“The main South Sound Squash Club courts have all been sanded down, patched up and repainted so they are white, shiny and bright,” said Kneipp. “The tournament and sponsor logos still need to go on, and then we’ll be ready for the world’s best squash players.”
More than 50 athletes from 24 different nations are competing at these world championships.
Nicol David is seeded first as she looks to retain her World Open champion status for the sixth time in seven years.
The Malaysian world No. 1, who claimed her six World Open titles in Egypt, England, Ireland, China and twice in the Netherlands, also has three Cayman Open titles to her name.
The first four days of the event took place at the South Sound Squash Club, before the action moved to an all-glass court on Festival Green in Camana Bay.
David faces a tough first round opponent in former world No. 4 and 2010 World Open runner-up Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.
One of the pair could face ninth seed Annie Au in round two, should the Hong Kong national defeat unseeded Jaclyn Hawkes.
Currently enjoying her highest ranking on the World Squash Association World Tour, Raneem El Weleily is seeded second for the event, having never made it past the second round in her previous 10 World Open campaigns.
Now enjoying the form of her life, the Egyptian will play Aisling Blake in the first round, before potentially meeting No. 13 seed Dipika Pallikal in round two.
Laura Massaro is seeded as No.3 and will face a qualifying opponent in the opening main round, and could face 2007 World Open champion Rachael Grinham in the second round.
Having finally fought back to the top end of the women’s game, Alison Waters has had a successful year regaining full-fitness after a lengthy Achilles injury. She returned to the No. 4 ranking in November and is seeded fourth for the event. She will face local wildcard entrant Marlene West, who reached her highest WSA ranking of 71 in 2010. After becoming the youngest ever World Series finalist in May’s British Open, Nour El Sherbini rose to No. 5 in the world, but sits at No. 8.
Also seeded eighth in the draw the Egyptian, now 17 years old, will play a qualifying entrant in the opening round, before facing tenth seed Madeline Perry, should the Irishwoman defeat Nour El Tayeb.