Everyone including the players had been anticipating the Cayman Islands Open tournament. Clearly, this is one of our best tournament experiences on the circuit. The players stayed at Sunshine Suites, a few hundred meters from the beach and competed at both the Southsound Squash Club and Camana Bay by the water front. It certainly was an ideal setting!
Round 1 with Jaclyn
This was a repeat of last year, playing Jaclyn Hawkes in the first round but she has stepped up her game since. She kept the rallies going with a low error rate. I eventually took it 3-0.
Quarter Finals with Natalie
I haven’t played Natalie Grinham since the World Open in 2009 and our match was an interesting battle. The crowd were entertained with our retrieving and my memorable dive (I didn’t realize that I made a dive until I found myself on the floor!). That was the talk going around the island throughout the week. The match only finished at 12.30am and I won 3-1.
Semi Finals with Donna
Donna Urquhart played 4 monster matches coming from qualifying to beat everyone in her path. This alerted me to be ready for her. She made some mistakes, probably from trying to finish the rallies earlier and I won 3-0.
Finals with Jenny
Jenny Duncalf came out after 3 match-balls down the night before with Rachael to get into the finals. Our match was very competitive and Jenny brought out everything onto the court. I did come back from 10-5 down in the 3rd game with 2 match-balls but had to win it in 4 games instead.
A lovely island for a tournament and the fantastic atmosphere created by the crowd made for a memorable week down at the Caymans. Great work from Dan Kneipp for making this happen. Was great having Liz around to keep things in place during the tournament as well. Thanks to our Malaysian supporters there too!