Joelle King progresses at World Open
New Zealand squash No 1 Joelle King has wasted little time in progressing to the second round at the World Open in the Cayman Islands.
The world No 5 and fifth seed for the US$188,000 (NZ$222,000) tournament, King blitzed Hong Kong's world No 21 Joey Chan in straight games in their first round match on Grand Cayman today (NZT).
The 24-year-old won 11-0 11-6 11-5 in just 27 minutes, setting up a second round match on Wednesday (NZT) against the 11th seed, Natalie Grinham, the Australian who now represents the Netherlands.
Grinham beat former countrywoman Donna Urquhart 8-11 11-4 11-8 11-9 in the first round.
Grinham's sister Rachael, world champion only five years ago, was involved in the only upset of the first round.
The 36-year-old Australian missed three match points in a defeat to qualifier Nicolette Fernandes, a Canadian-born, British-based 23-year-old from Guyana, whose 3-11 6-11 12-10 11-5 11-9 triumph brought a raucous response.
Fernandes is ranked 60th in the world and next plays Laura Massaro, the third-seeded Englishwoman who has already disposed of one qualifier, Colombian Catalina Pelaez.
Palaez beat New Zealand No 3 Kylie Lindsay 11-7 11-8 11-6 in the first round of qualifying on Saturday, leaving King as the only Kiwi in the 32-strong main draw.
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