Caribbean champ causes upset

The World Open women’s squash championships are running in the Cayman Islands this week and the first big surprise of the tournament came at the South Sound Squash Club on Sunday.  

Round 1 was played there and current Caribbean champion Nicolette Fernandes from Guyana caused a huge upset beating world No.16 Rachel Grinham who is a former world no.1 and former world champion. 

Having come through an 83-minute marathon the previous night in a qualifier, Fernandes initially looked fatigue against Grinham and was on the verge of defeat after losing the first two games and was 10-7 down in the third. 

But she fought back bravely to take the third and the next two games in sensational fashion. Fernandes beat the Australian 11-9 in the fifth in an incredible battle.  

“I’m just so happy and grateful and thankful for everything,” Fenandes said. “You have to believe you can win, even if you don’t expect to.” Cayman’s Marlene West put up a great fight against world No.4 Alison Waters from England but lost 3-0. West announced her retirement from squash after that.  

The glass court play at Camana Bay begun on Monday with the second round of the Cayman World Open Presented by BDO.  

Six players ranked in the top 10 in the world, including the current world No.1 and six-times world champion Nicol David from Malaysia battled on the glass court at 
Festival Green.  

Having come through an 83-minute marathon the previous night in a qualifier, Fernandes initially looked fatigue against Grinham and was on the verge of defeat after losing the first two games and was 10-7 down in the third. 

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