Teran Takes Out Third Seed Grinham

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Round 2:
[15] Samantha Teran (Mex) bt [3] Rachael Grinham (Aus) 4/11, 11/2, 11/3, 12/10 (53m)
Dipika Pallikal (Ind) bt [Q] Kanzy El Dafrawy (Egy) 11/6, 11/7, 11/7 (37m)
[5] Laura Massaro (Eng) bt [9] Annie Au (Hkg) 11/9, 11/7, 11/6 (40m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) bt [10] Joelle King (Nzl) 11/8, 7/11, 11/1, 11/3 (52m)REPORT BY STEVE CUBS | Day six of the World Open Squash 2011 at Rotterdam’s Victoria Squash opened up with the biggest upset yet as Mexico’s Samantha Teran, seeded fifteen, beat Rachael Grinham, the Australian who was champion in 2007 and was seeded three here. There was no sign of what was to come as Grinham eased through the first game, but Teran’s hard-hitting game seemed to neutralise Grinham’s slower, more measured game as the Mexican totally dominated the next two games, denying her attacking opportunities and catching her out with drops and boasts of her own. As the tension grew, Teran managed to stay ahead in the fourth, setting up match ball at after a long rally saw a Grinham lob sail out to take it to 10/8. Teran thought she had won it at the first attempt but was denied a stroke before Grinham levelled it as Teran then got a no-let looking for a cheap stroke. However, two rallies later an obvious stroke was given and the Mexican was through to the Quarter-finals.

Having caused upsets in the the previous round, Dipika Pallikal and Kanzy El Dafrawy were both eyeing up unexpected place in the World Open quarter-finals. It was the higher-ranked Indian who took advantage, taking the lead in all three games and never letting her younger Egyptian get a real foothold in the game. It the early stages of the third it looked as though Kanzy’s more physical style was beginning to unsettle Dipika, but she held her composure and closed out the match with aplomb.

The evening session resumed with England’s in-form Laura Massaro against Hong Kong left-hander Annie Au. Massaro has just moved up to a career best number four after her success in the US Open last month, and was looking to celebrate her 28th birthday in style. However, Au is no is also on the rise up to a high of 7, after reaching the final of the Monte Carlo Classic, and is always a dangerous opponent. The match was as close as those stats would suggest, with the Englishwoman just managing to stay ahead for most of the first game before pulling away at the end, then having to fight back after being a couple of points behind for most of the second. The hot bouncy conditions and court probably suited Massaro’s more conventional game more than Au’s deft boasts, drops and lob but each point had to be worked hard for with both players covering all of the court.

An English women’s semi-finalist was guaranteed when Jenny Duncalf battled past Joelle King. The hard-hitting Kiwi matched Duncalf, the second seed, all the way for half an hour, but from the outset of the third the Englishwoman took control, taking the last two games for the loss of just four points.

Full reports with quotes and photos available on TODAY on the World Open site here!

Thursday, 3rd Nov Line-up:
13.00 [6] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [11] Raneem El Weleily (EGY)
14.00 [1] Nicol David (MAS) v [Q] Nour El Sherbini (EGY)
18.30 [7] Camille Serme (FRA) v [16] Low Wee Wern (MAS)
19.30 [4] Madeline Perry (IRL) v [12] Natalie Grinham (NED)

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