Urquhart feels heat against No.1

YAMBA product Donna Urquhart’s giant-killing run in the prestigious Cayman Islands Open has come to an end, conceding her clash with world No.1 Nicol David was “a match too far”.

Malaysia’s David took advantage of an exhausted Urquhart to wrap up Friday’s semi-final 11-6 11-8 11-5 on the all-glass court at Camana Bay on Grand Cayman.

Urquhart had gone into the semi-final after surviving four marathon matches in incredibly hot and humid conditions.

“I’ve had a good week, a great week, but tonight was one match too far,” Urquhart said.

“I went for my shots from the start, I knew that was the only way I could do anything but I just couldn’t keep going.”

The Malaysian will play second seed Jenny Duncalf in the final after the Englishwoman saved three match points on her way to a thrilling 15-13 10-12 4-11 11-7 12-10 win over Australian Rachael Grinham in the first semi-final.

Duncalf and Grinham are great friends and often train together and that familiarity was evident as the two women battled each other to a standstill.

Grinham held three match points at 10-7 in the fifth but later said she was so exhausted she was going for her shots early in the rally to try and finish the match quickly.

Duncalf capitalised on some unforced errors from Grinham to level the match and went on to win it in a tiebreak, admitting she had been “seeing stars” at 10-10 she was so fatigued.

“That’s just ridiculous,” Grinham said straight after the match. “I’m drowning here; it’s as if I just got out of the swimming pool.

“I played well and I had a chance tonight, but she’s not world number two for nothing.

“It’s annoying getting so close and not winning.”

Semi-final results:

1-Nicol David (MAS) bt Donna Urquhart (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-5

2-Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt 3-Rachael Grinham (AUS) 15-13, 10-12, 4-11, 11-7, 12-10

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