Lioness Nicolette topples former World Champion again

Nicolette Fernandes
Nicolette Fernandes

[] – Guyanese Squash ace Nicolette Fernandes is the holder of a spot in the last 16 of the main draw at the Women’s Squash Association’s (WSA) 29th Women’s World Championships in Penang, Malaysia.

On Tuesday (March 18), Fernandes got into the second round with a come from behind win over former world number one Rachael Grinham of Australia (4-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7).

Grinham, who won the Women’s World Title in 2007, won the first two games of the gripping encounter 11-4, 11-6.

The 20th ranked Fernandes battled from the third game to defeat her opponent who is ranked 5 places above in 15th .

After the game, Fernandes said, “The game changer, you guys will probably laugh, but I told myself to go in there and be a lion. I was too passive before and I needed to be more in it and be an animal on court.”

The match lasted an hour and three minutes.

Fernandes had previously defeated the former world champion Grinham in December 2012 in the first round of the main draw of the Women’s World Squash Open in Cayman Islands.

In the second round of the main draw (last 16), Fernandes will face France’s 24-year old, six-time national champion Camille Serme on Thursday who is currently ranked number six in the world.

Their last encounter at the Kuala Lumpur Open in Malaysia March 2013 saw Fernandes a few lose in straight games.



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