David and Grinham meet in maiden Mexico final!

Nicol David and Rachael Grinham (pic) will meet for the 32nd time in their careers when they play for the crown in Mexico, after surviving contrasting semi-finals in Toluca. The opening semi in the first WISPA Gold event ever to be staged in Mexico was an all-Australian affair, when the 3rd seed Grinham came out quicker in the decider – and, after the pair were locked at nine-all again for several minutes, it was the more experienced Grinham who pulled away to win 8-11, 11-2, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9 in 61 minutes against compatriot Kasey Brown. Malaysian Nicol David booked her place in the final with a composed win over 21-year-old Egyptian Raneem El Weleily (12-10, 11-6, 11-6). Nicol David first met Rachael Grinham in the final of the Milo Open in Kuala Lumpur in 2000 – when Grinham was top seed and 16-year-old David was 6th six. The Australian came out on top – but has since seen David build up a 24-7 career head-to-head lead.