David Seeded For Seventh World Title
Nicol David is seeded first as she looks to retain her World Open champion status in the Cayman Islands next month in the WSA 2012 Cayman Squash World Open from 13-21 December.
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.
The Malaysian world No.1, who claimed her six World Open titles in Egypt, England, Ireland, China, and twice in the Netherlands, also has three Cayman Open titles to her name. She is poised 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 national defeat unseeded Jaclyn Hawkes.
Currently enjoying her highest ranking on the WSA World Tour, Raneem El Weleily is seeded second for the event, having never made it past the second round in her previous ten 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.
Missing out on the No.2 seeding by just one month, Laura Massaro is seeded as No.3 and will face a qualifying opponent in the opening main round, and could face 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 has had a successful year regaining full-fitness after a lengthy Achilles injury. She returned 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 WSA ranking of 71 in 2010. Waters could then meet last year’s semi-finalist Samantha Teran in the second round, should the Mexican overcome her qualifying opponent.
Another success story of 2012, Joelle King raised her highest ranking this month to grant her fifth seed position for her third World Open. She will play Joey Chan of Hong Kong in the first round, and could see either No.11 seed and four-time runner-up Natalie Grinham or Donna Urquhart in round two. The New Zealander could also meet Raneem El Weleily in the quarter-finals, should both players progress.
Last year’s World Open runner-up Jenny Duncalf is placed at sixth seed, and is drawn to face a qualifier in the first round. The Englishwoman could then play Camille Serme of France in the second round, with the possibility of facing fellow Englishwoman Alison Waters in the quarter-finals.
Seventh seed Low Wee Wern, currently placing her highest ranking on the WSA World Tour, will face unseeded Sarah Kippax in the first round, with the possibility of meeting twelfth seedKasey Brown in round two and Massaro in the quarters.
After becoming the youngest ever World Series finalist in May’s British Open, Nour El Sherbini rose to No.5 in the world, but currently sits at No.8. Also seeded eighth in the draw the Egyptian, now 17-years-old, will play a qualifying entrant in the opening round, before facing tenth seed Madeline Perry, should the Irishwoman defeat Nour El Tayeb.
Players from 24 nations are due to take part in the qualifying and main draw events, and upsets can happen at every stage along the way. Last year third and fourth seeds Madeline Perry and Rachael Grinham fell in round two, whilst Perry, Natalie Grainger, Laura Massaro and Natalie Grinham all saw early exits in 2010. This year just 34 rankings points separates the world numbers’ 4 and 8, so competition between the top seeds has never been higher and there will surely be some surprises along the way.
Round One: Nicol David (MAS) vs Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)  Annie Au (HKG) vs Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)  Nour El Sherbini (EGY) vs Qualifier  Madeline Perry (IRL) vs Nour El Tayeb (EGY)  Alison Waters (ENG) vs Marlene West (CAY)  Samantha Teran (MEX) vs Qualifier  Jenny Duncalf (ENG) vs Qualifier  Camille Serme (FRA) vs Qualifier
Qualifier vs  Kasey Brown (AUS)
Sarah Kippax vs  Low Wee Wern (MAS)
Qualifier vs  Rachael Grinham (AUS)
Qualifier vs  Laura Massaro (ENG)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) vs  Natalie Grinham (NED)
Joey Chan (HKG) vs  Joelle King (NZL)
Qualifier vs  Dipika Pallikal (IND)
Aisling Blake (IRL) vs  Raneem El Weleily (EGY)