Nicol David (pic le) took a step closer to her 1st Australian Open title when she downed former champion Rachael Grinham (pi cri) in the semi-finals. In front of a enthusiastic crowd at Canberra’s Royal Theatre, David downed all Australian home hopes in just 34 minutes to claim the opening semi-final 11-7, 13-11, 11-7. The Malaysian world No1 will take on world No2 Jenny Duncalf of England in the final. Before 2nd seeded dethroned defending champion Madeline Perry of Ireland after 4 games of play 11-8, 11-9, 2-11, 11-4, where Duncalf just let go the 3rd game. As David leads the match stats with a huge advance by 25 to 2 matches she carries the favourite’s cloak without any doubt.