Sarah Kippax (pic) and Natalie Grinham continued the successful run by qualifiers in the 1st round of the Cayman Islands Open by earning unexpected places in the quarter-finals at Grand Cayman. England’s Sarah Kippax, the world No18, beats the world No11 Annie Au from Hong Kong 11-4, 11-6, 9-11, 11-8. Natalie Grinham, the former world No2, now ranked 32, is on a comeback trail after the birth of her first child. The Australian-born Dutch star overcame 6th-seeded Australian Kasey Brown 11-6, 13-11, 14-12 in 48 minutes. Natalie’s older sister Rachael Grinham, the 3rd seed, also took her place in the quarter-finals after beating local star and wildcard player Marlene West 11-5, 11-4, 11-3. Malaysia’s world No1 Nicol David ended New Zealand hopes in the event by beating world No15 Jaclyn Hawkes 11-7, 11-6, 11-3.
Kippax and Grinham with Cayman upsets!