David seeded for Seventh in Cayman

The draw is out for December’s Cayman World Open with a familiar face topping the seedings, as Malaysia’s Nicol David aims for a seventh world title.

Cayman Women’s World Open 2012, Round One Draw

[1] Nicol David (Mas) v Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
[9] Annie Au (Hkg) v Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
[8] Nour El Sherbini (Egy) v Qualifier
[10] Madeline Perry (Irl) v Nour El Tayeb (Egy)

[4] Alison Waters (Eng) v Marlene West (Cay)
[15] Samantha Teran (Mex) v Qualifier
[6] Jenny Duncalf (Eng) v Qualifier
[14] Camille Serme (Fra) v Qualifier

[12] Kasey Brown (Aus) v Qualifier
[7] Low Wee Wern (Mas) v Sarah Kippax
[16] Rachael Grinham (Aus) v Qualifier
[3] Laura Massaro (Eng) v Qualifier

[11] Natalie Grinham (Ned) v Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[5] Joelle King (Nzl) v Joey Chan (Hkg)
[13] Dipika Pallikal (Ind) v Qualifier
[2] Raneem El Weleily (Egy) v Aisling Blake (Iri)

David seeded for Seventh in Cayman

The first four days of the event will take place at the South Sound Squash Club, before the action moves to an all-glass court on Festival Green on Camana Bay, with the final set for 21st December.

David, the Malaysian world No.1,who claimed her six World Open titles in Egypt, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, and twice in the Netherlands, also has three Cayman Open titles to her name.  She is set to attempt her seventh World title, but faces a tough first round opponent in former world No.4 and 2010 World Open runner-up Omneya Abdel Kawy of Egypt.  One of the pair could face ninth seed Annie Au in round two, should the Hong Kong player defeat unseeded Jaclyn Hawkes.

Currently enjoying her highest world ranking, Raneem El Weleily is seeded second, having never made it past the second round in her previous World Open campaigns.  Now enjoying the form of her life, the Egyptian will play Aisling Blake in the first round, before potentially meeting No.13 seed Dipika Pallikal in round two.

Current world No. 2 Laura Massaro is seeded as No.3 – the seedings were based on earlier rankings – and will face a qualifier in her first match. She could then meet 2007 World Open champion Rachael Grinham in the second round.

Having finally fought back to the top end of the women’s game, Alison Waters rose to the No.4 ranking in November, and is seeded fourth for the event.  She will face local wildcard entrant Marlene West, who reached her highest world ranking of 71 in 2010.  Waters could then meet last year’s semi-finalist Samantha Teran in the second round, should the Mexican overcome a qualifier.

Another success story of 2012 Joelle King reached her highest ranking this month to earn her the position of fifth seed position for her third World Open.  She will play Joey Chan of Hong Kong in the first round, and could meet either No.11 seed and four-time runner-up Natalie Grinham or Donna Urquhart in round two.

Last year’s World (and Cayman) Open runner-up Jenny Duncalf is sixth seed, and is drawn to face a qualifier in the first round.  The Englishwoman could then play Camille Serme of France – who beat Duncalf in the 2010 quarter-finals in Sharm – in the second round, with the possibility of facing fellow Englishwoman Waters in the quarter-finals.

Seventh seed Low Wee Wern, currently enjoying her highest-ever ranking, will face unseeded Sarah Kippax with the possibility of meeting twelfth seed Kasey Brown in round two and Massaro in the quarters.

After becoming the youngest ever World Series finalist in May’s Allam British Open, World Junior Champion Nour El Sherbini rose to No.5 in the world and currently sits at No.8.  Seeded eighth in the draw the Egyptian, just turned 17 years, will play a qualifier and if she advances may meet tenth seed Madeline Perry, should the Irishwoman defeat Sherbini’s predecessor as World Junior Champion Nour El Tayeb.

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