World champion Nicol David is undefeated in all her matches in Grand Cayman and there was no threat of an upset on Monday which took her into Wednesday’s quarter-finals of the World Open in less than half an hour.
Bidding for her seventh world title in eight years, David was never troubled as she won 9-3, 9-2, 9-3 against the outclassed Annie Au of Hong Kong who often features in the world’s top ten, but looked a gulf out of her depth against the brilliant Malaysian.
David, 29, was her usual efficient, totally focused self, maintaining the pressure throughout on the first night of the World Open presented by BDO being played at the magnificent glass court in Field Green, Camana Bay. It only took David 25 minutes to win.
She was totally relaxed as she waited to be called on court, a sign of her confidence and also how relaxed she feels when playing here, having won all three Cayman Opens previously.
“It’s such a good vibe and everyone is in such a lively mood that I feed off the energy of it,” she said.
David now takes on Madeline Perry, the tenth-seeded Irish woman who surprisingly beat David three years ago en route to the final of the British Open in Manchester.
Perry, at 35, is the oldest player in the competition. She won 11-2, 11-9, 11-9 against the youngest, Nour El Sherbini, the 17-year-old Egyptian who still combines school with professional squash.