Donna squashes competition
YAMBA squash hero Donna Urquhart pulled off one of the upsets of the year yesterday when she stunned world number three Madeline Perry of Ireland in five tough games to reach the semi-finals of the Cayman Islands Open squash tournament at Camana Bay.
Urquhart stole the show on quarter-final day as she ran Perry ragged in the oppressively hot and humid conditions on the all-glass court.
Two days after beating world number five Alison Waters in the first round, 24-year-old Urquhart came from two games down and saved two match points in the fourth to beat Perry 6-11, 11-13, 11-8, 12-10, 11-9 and set up a semi-final clash against top seeded Malaysian Nicol David.
David was pushed hard by former Australian Natalie Grinham before winning 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4.
Urquhart has had a tough but successful run at the tournament, winning two long qualifying matches just to make the main draw and then going to five games against Waters.
However she looked fresher than Perry in the closing stages of their quarter-final, digging deep against the Irishwoman to win an enthralling match in an hour and 11 minutes.
Perry was in total control over the first game and half but the heat began to take its toll and the Brisbane-based Urquhart took full advantage.
She took the third game but found herself down 8-10 in the fourth, before digging deep and reeling off five straight points to level the match.
Urquhart then opened up an early 6-2 lead in the fifth, only for Perry to come back.
However, Urquhart wasn’t to be denied and at 9-9 she took the next two points to record her best ever win, both women slumping to the court in exhaustion after the final point.
“I don’t think I felt nervous (during the fifth game),” Urquhart said. “I didn’t have any energy to be nervous – I was too tired to even think.
“I’ve never played on a court that hot before.”