Rachael Grinham beats sister to take World Open gold

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MADRID, Oct 27 (Reuters) Australian Rachael Grinham eased to a 9-4 10-8 9-2 victory over her younger sister Natalie to win gold at the World Open final in Madrid today.

The 30-year-old added the world gold to the British Open title she won in Manchester last month, in an open-air all-glass court in front of the Royal Palace in the centre of the Spanish capital.

Third seed and former world number one Rachael was quicker to find her form and easily took the first game but was forced to work harder in the second.

Second seed Natalie, the three-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist, found her length and was getting into her stride but struggled to deal with her opponent's agility around the court.

Rachael fought back to level at 8-8 and took the second game with a volley after outmanoeuvring her sister with a series of drops.

Natalie lost her composure in the third, committing a series of errors, and allowed Rachael to move into an 8-1 lead. Rachael failed on her first match point, but secured the title on the second.

It was the first time the sisters had met in the World Open final, but for Natalie it was the third time she had to settle for silver.

World number one and top seed Nicol David of Malaysia had lost to New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen in the second round this week -- preventing her collecting a third successive world title -- in one of the biggest upsets in the event's history.

REUTERS SZ PM0140

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