NICOL DAVID WINS CATHAY PACIFIC HONG KONG OPEN

Nicol David, the World No.1 from Malaysia who is unbeaten since October last year, faced Australian rival Rachael Grinham in the climax of the women's $104,000 WISPA World Tour Platinum event. But the game's dominant force of the era had to save four game balls in the opening game before converting her second to open up a lead against third seed Grinham.
 
But the 31-year-old Queenslander - in her maiden Hong Kong final - reasserted herself in the second to draw level, after another game which went into extra points.
 
David maintained the upper hand thereafter, however, as the 25-year-old from Penang marched to her triumph in 53 minutes to win the title for the third time in a row.
 
The success also extended David's winning streak to 53 matches - and brought her WISPA World Tour title tally to ten this year!
 
Semi-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [4] Natalie Grainger (USA) 11-8, 11-9, 11-5
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [2] Natalie Grinham (NED) 11-1, 11-7, 11-6
 
Quarter-finals:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-5, 11-3 ret.
[4] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [6] Alison Waters (ENG) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [14] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 11-7, 12-10, 11-8
[2] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 12-14, 12-10
 
2nd round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [13] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [16] Samantha Teran (MEX) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8
[4] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt Raneem El Weleily (EGY) 13-11, 11-9, 11-8
[6] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [9] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (ENG) 12-10, 4-11, 11-7, 9-11, 12-10
[14] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) 10-12, 13-11, 11-1, 11-7
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [12] Kasey Brown (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4
[5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [11] Tania Bailey (ENG) 8-11, 11-3, 11-9, 10-12, 11-5
[2] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [15] Madeline Perry (IRL) 11-9, 12-14, 11-7, 6-11, 11-6
 
1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
[13] Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [Q] Elise Ng (HKG) 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
[16] Samantha Teran (MEX) bt [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 7-11, 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 13-11
[4] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [Q] Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-9, 11-4, 11-8
Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt [10] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-7
[6] Alison Waters (ENG) bt [Q] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-3, 13-11, 11-5
[9] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (ENG) bt Annie Au (HKG) 3-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-9
[14] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [Q] Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) 11-7, 11-9, 11-6
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 11-4
[12] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [Q] Joey Chan (HKG) 14-12, 11-5, 9-11, 13-11
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Christina Mak (HKG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-5
[11] Tania Bailey (ENG) bt Lauren Briggs (ENG) 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 11-1
[5] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 4-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5, 12-10
[15] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5
[2] Natalie Grinham (NED) bt [Q] Delia Arnold (MAS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6
 
Qualifying finals:
Joey Chan (HKG) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-3
Elise Ng (HKG) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-6, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 18-16
Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) 11-5, 11-7, 14-16, 11-2
Delia Arnold (MAS) bt Joelle King (NZL) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6
Suzie Pierrepont (ENG) bt Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6
Lauren Selby (ENG) bt Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-3
Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND) 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Mami Nishio (JPN) 11-7, 11-6, 11-9
 
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Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open, Hong Kong

Final:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt [3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) 14-12, 11-13, 11-8, 11-8

 

Favourite Nicol David overcame Rachael Grinham of Australia 14-12 11-13 11-8 11-8 to retain her Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Open Championships title on the all-glass court overlooking the waterfront at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre Piazza in Hong Kong.