Kippax and Grinham with Cayman upsets!

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.