Alison Waters breezed past home hopeful Marlene West in the first round of the Cayman World Open, taking just 19 minutes to do it.
The English fourth seed was barely in the court when she took apart West in the opening set, winning 11-1. With following sets of 11-4 and 11-3, Waters appeared to be in no trouble at all and sets up a round two encounter with Mexico’s Samantha Teran. Teran, seeded 15th, defeated qualifier Lauren Briggs in straight sets – despite a spirited fightback from the Brit.
Laura Massaro took just as long to thrash qualifier Catalina Pelaez of Colombia. Pelaez had a strong qualifying run, including a 3-0 win over our own Lauren Selby. That run was brought to an end with a bump, ending 11-4 11-4 11-6.
Two-time Cayman Open champion Jenny Duncalf opened her pursuit of a third title in an all-English bout with qualifier Sarah-Jane Perry. Despite a worrying collapse in the second set that saw Perry steal it 11-1, Duncalf took just three quarters of an hour to claim the win. She advances to meet France’s Camille Serme, who defeated qualifier Emma Beddoes in a “tough” four set slog.