Rachael Grinham keeps home hopes alive!

Australia’s Rachael Grinham (pic ri) is ready to the challenge on world No1 Nicol David after defeating Australian teammate Donna Urquhart (pic le) in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 to book her place in the semis. Grinham, a former world number one herself, has not beaten David since the final of the British Open in September 2007. David cruised into the semi-finals when opponent Annie Au of Hong Kong was forced to retire with a leg injury midway through the 3rd game, when David was leading 11-0, 11-2, 4-0. Defending champion Madeline Perry won a close contest (13-11, 2-11, 12-10, 11-9) with 2009 winner Joelle King to reach the final four. Perry will meet 2nd seeded Englishwoman Jenny Duncalf who overcame Natalie Grinham of the Netherlands in tough 4 games 11-4, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8.