Local champ beats World No 5
YAMBA'S Donna Urquhart recorded the biggest win of her career when she stunned world number five Alison Waters in the first round of the Cayman Islands Open women's squash tournament on Grand Cayman yesterday.
Urquhart, who had to win two tough qualifying matches just to make the main draw, played brilliantly to overcome the Eng- lishwoman 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7 and move into a quarter-final against reigning Australian Open champion Madeline Perry of Ireland.
The 24-year-old Urquhart came out firing and put Waters under enormous pressure from the outset, taking the first two games with relative ease.
Waters, who was runner-up to Perry in Canberra last year, recovered and got herself back into the game, winning the third game then taking an early lead in the fourth.
However, Urquhart came again and got to match ball at 10-9 in the fourth, only for Waters to win three points in a row to level the contest.
But Urquhart was not to be denied as she took an early lead in the fifth and held on for the win.
“All my winners were going in in the first but I knew I couldn't keep that going for a whole match so I had to start playing a bit safer,” Urquhart said.
“I seemed to get a good lead in each game but she kept coming back at me, I couldn't get away. I was trying to keep it tight but if my length wasn't good enough she was all over me, it made me make sure I got the length.
“I was disappointed to get to 2-all, I thought I'd messed it up, but I never lost hope and the thought of losing when I'd played well and been ahead spurred me on.”
Urquhart now has a day's rest while the remainder of the first round is played.
This includes fellow Australians Rachael Grinham playing local wildcard Marlene West, and Kasey Brown against Grinham's younger sister, Natalie, who now plays for Holland.
First round results – prefix denotes seeding:
5-Madeline Perry (IRL) bt Amanda Sobhy (USA) 6-11, 18-16, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt 4-Alison Waters (ENG) 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 10-12, 11-7
7-Camille Serme (FRA) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2
2-Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Joelle King (NZL) 11-7, 2-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-3