|Full name||Rachael Margaret Grinham|
22 January 1977 |
|Height||1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)|
|Coached by||Maha Zein|
|Highest ranking||No. 1 (August 2004)|
|Current ranking||No. 15 (June, 2014)|
|World Open||W (2007)|
|Last updated on: June, 2014.|
Rachael Margaret Grinham (born 22 January 1977 in Toowoomba, Queensland) is a professional squash player from Australia. She won the World Open in 2007, and the British Open in 2003, 2004, 2007 and 2009. She reached the World No. 1 ranking in August 2004 and held it for 16 consecutive months.
Rachael's younger sister Natalie Grinham is also a top squash player.
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Rachael has a great pedigree as a squash player. Winner of the World Junior title in 1993 aged 16, she had an opportunity to defend in 1995, but was beaten by Jade Wilson from New Zealand in the final. Since joining the WISPA World Tour during 1994, her array of strokes and strong temperament initially took her steadily towards the top 20, a barrier she finally breached in the middle of 1997. She won her first tournament in 1998 when she was 22 years old, beating Tracey Shenton for the Open Toulouse Central in France. She also lost to Tracey Shenton in the same year at the Isostar-Beverwijk tournament, Netherlands. At the Commonwealth Games in 1998 her partnership with Robyn Cooper brought them a silver medal in the Women's Doubles.
Rachael had a good year in 1999 winning the Swiss Open, Germering Open and Indian Open beating Claire Waddell, Sabine Schoene and Claire Nitch respectively. She ended the year ranked No. 18 on the WISPA Tour.
Rachael finished 2000 by climbing 6 places in the ranking up to No. 12 in the world. She won two tournaments, Milo National Open beating the current world No. 1 Nicol David and successfully defended her Indian Open title beating Salma Shabana, the sister of the male current world No. 1 Amr Shabana. She climbed 4 places in 2001 to No. 8 in the world. A family final finally first happened at a WISPA World Tour event in Malaysia in February 2001 when she beat sister Natalie for the Kuala Lumpur title. Later that year, she beat Nicol David for the DMC title.
The first half of 2002 did not go well for Rachael until she beat England's Tania Bailey for the Singapore Open. One month later she took the Credit Suisse Privilege Ladies Open, one of the finest squash tournaments in the world beating Natalie Grainger. Rachael and Natalie had won a women's doubles Bronze Medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She climbed to No. 6 in the world by the end of the year. At the beginning of 2003, she claimed the Vassar College Class of 1932 beating Vicky Botwright. She reached two finals in Helioplis Open and Hurghada International in Egypt but lost both to former world No. 1 and retired player, Carol Owens. Arguably, the 2003 British Open was the turning point for the 29 year old, who pulled off a semi-final upset over the top seed, Carol Owens, then the World No. 1, before beating Cassie Jackman in the final to claim the title for the first time. She ended the year ranked No. 3 in the world.
2004 was far the best year in Rachael's career. She has based herself in Cairo for a few years and it had proved to be a great place to hone her game. She may be slight in stature, but there is no doubting her tenaciousness, which saw her become world number one in August 2004. She started the year by claiming the Kuwait Open, the richest squash event in the world, by beating top seed Cassie Jackman. Later on, she beat Cassie Jackman again, then the World No. 1, for the Texas Open title. Three months later, she claimed the Hurghada International in Egypt which she lost last year beating local favourite, Omneya Abdel Kawy. She reached the final of Brunei International but lost to Vanessa Atkinson. After a series of successful tournament wins, Rachael became the world No. 1 in August after dethroning Cassie Jackman. She continued her run by beating Cassie Jackman again for the Bahrain Classic Title. She retained her British Open title by beating Natalie Grainger. She lost again to Vanessa Atkinson in the final of the Qatar Classic Open. At the World Doubles Squash Championships, Rachael won the women's doubles title in 2004 (partnering Natalie), and the mixed doubles title in 2004 (partnering David Palmer). She ended the year ranked No. 1.
She held on the top ranking at the beginning of the year. In April, she failed to defend her Texas Open title where she lost to Vanessa Atkinson. Later this month, she won her first Qatar Challenge beating Natalie Grainger. A month later, she successfully defended her title by defeating local favourite Omneya Abdel Kawy in the Hurghada International final in a 3-2 thriller. She took sweet revenge from Vanessa Atkinson beating her for the PMI Women's Open title. She lost her British Open title suffering a loss to Nicol David in semi-finals. She beat Omneya Abdel Kawy again for the Hedonism title in Jamaica. She held top spot for 16 months only losing it to Vanessa Atkinson in November. December 2005 saw her reach the final of the 2005 World Open in Hong Kong, only to be beaten by Malaysia's Nicol David. She finished the year at No. 2 ahead of Vanessa Atkinson.
Nicol David and Vanessa Atkinson pushed her down to number three in the rankings at the start of 2006, but apart from tilting at WISPA Tour titles, she claimed Commonwealth Games Gold in Melbourne early in the year when she teamed up with sister Natalie to win the Women's Doubles title and another family final resulted in a silver medal for her with Natalie taking gold in the singles at the same Games. At the World Doubles Squash Championships, Rachael won the mixed doubles title 2006 (partnering Joe Kneipp). In May, she failed to defend her Hurghada International title losing 3-2 to local favourite and 2004 & 2005 finalist, Omneya Abdel Kawy. The next four tournaments saw her lose to Nicol David in the final of the Qatar Challenge, semi-finals of the CIMB Malaysian Open, final of the Hotel Equatorial Penang Open and final of the British Open. Finally in October 2006 Rachael broke her run of being beaten in WISPA Tour finals when after a run of four defeats she triumphed at the Weymuller US Open beating Natalie Grainger. She suffered another two losses to Nicol David in the semi-finals of the CPS Hong Kong Open and the World Open.
Rachael won five titles in 2007 – the Hurghada International and the Alexandria Sporting Club Open in Egypt, the Vassar College Class of 1932 Open in the United States, the British Open, and the 2006 World Open in Spain. In the British Open final, she came back from two games down to defeat Nicol David 7–9, 4–9, 9–3, 10–8, 9–1. In the World Open, she beat sister Natalie in the final 9–4, 10–8, 9–2.
Due to an injury, Rachael missed some of the 2010 season. However, she stayed in the top five, only moving to slot number 6 at the end of 2011.
During this year Rachael was beaten at a semi-final finish by her younger sister Natalie. After that she appeared in the Cleveland Classic’s first round. She lost in the CIMB KL Open first round, had a second round finish at the Allam British Open, and won her 32nd title at the Victoria Open.
WISPA Titles (27)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Opponent in Final||Score in Final||Minutes Played|
|1.||1 March 1998||Toulouse Open||Tracey Shenton||Unknown||Unknown|
|2.||7 March 1999||Swiss Open||Claire Waddell||9–2, 9–6, 9–3||Unknown|
|3.||25 April 1999||Germering Open||Sabine Schoene||9–2, 5–9, 10–8, 9–7||Unknown|
|4.||2 December 1999||Indian Open||Claire Nitch||9–6, 0–9, 9–5, 9–7||Unknown|
|5.||16 April 2000||Milo Open||Nicol David||9–2, 9–4, 9–6||Unknown|
|6.||6 August 2000||Indian Open||Salma Shabana||9–2, 9–2, 9–1||16 min|
|7.||11 February 2001||Kuala Lumpur Open||Natalie Grinham||7–9, 0–9 (ret)||Unknown|
|8.||16 March 2001||DMC Open||Nicol David||9–4, 9–2, 9–4||Unknown|
|9.||24 August 2002||Singapore Open||Tania Bailey||9–4, 9–1, 9–7||29 min|
|10.||22 September 2002||Hong Kong Open||Natalie Grainger||9–3, 9–5, 9–7||30 min|
|11.||2 February 2003||Vassar College Open||Vicky Botwright||9–0, 9–2, 9–4||Unknown|
|12.||5 October 2003||British Open||Cassie Jackman||9–3, 7–9, 9–2, 9–5||50 min|
|13.||28 January 2004||Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open||Cassie Jackman||2–9, 9–6, 9–2, 9–5||53 min|
|14.||4 April 2004||Texas Open||Cassie Jackman||9–5, 9–5, 9–5||53 min|
|15.||12 July 2004||Hurghada International Open||Omneya Abdel Kawy||9–5, 9–1, 9–4||41 min|
|16.||16 September 2004||Bahrain Classic||Cassie Jackman||5–9, 9–4, 9–4, 9–2||55 min|
|17.||6 November 2004||British Open (2)||Natalie Grainger||3–9, 9–5, 9–0, 9–3||41 min|
|18.||24 April 2005||Qatar Airways Challenge Open||Natalie Grainger||2–9, 10–8, 9–2, 9–2||51 min|
|19.||15 May 2005||Hurghada International Open (2)||Omneya Abdel Kawy||1–9, 2–9, 9–4, 9–3, 10–8||1 h 21 min|
|20.||11 September 2005||Seattle Open||Vanessa Atkinson||9–2, 9–2, 9–4||40 min|
|21.||23 October 2005||Hedonism II Open||Omneya Abdel Kawy||7–9, 9–1, 9–2, 9–4||38 min|
|22.||14 October 2006||Carol Weymuller Open||Natalie Grainger||6–9, 9–6, 9–1, 1–9, 9–4||1 h 10 min|
|23.||13 May 2007||Hurghada International Open (3)||Omneya Abdel Kawy||9–4, 9–6, 9–4||44 min|
|24.||22 August 2007||Alexandria Open||Engy Kheirallah||2–9, 9–3, 9–1, 9–4||Unknown|
|25.||24 September 2007||British Open (3)||Nicol David||7–9, 4–9, 9–3, 10–8, 9–1||1 h 27 min|
|26.||6 October 2007||Vassar College Open||Natalie Grainger||9–7, 10–8, 6–9, 1–9, 9–6||1 h 12 min|
|27.||27 October 2007||World Open||Natalie Grinham||9–4, 10–8, 9–2||47 min|
Note: (ret) = retired, min = minutes, h = hours
WISPA Tour Finals (Runner-Up) (14)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Opponent in Final||Score in Final||Minutes Played|
|1.||22 March 1998||Isostar Circuit||Tracey Shenton||Unknown||Unknown|
|2.||30 April 2000||Mexican Open||Sarah Fitz-Gerald||2–9, 4–9, 6–9||Unknown|
|3.||18 November 2001||Grasshopper Cup||Vanessa Atkinson||6–9, 1–9, 7–9||Unknown|
|4.||2 June 2003||Heliopolis Open||Carol Owens||5–9, 5–9, 4–9||44 min|
|5.||9 June 2003||Hurghada International Open||Carol Owens||5–9, 1–9, 5–9||37 min|
|6.||31 July 2004||Brunei International||Vanessa Atkinson||8–10, 5–9, 9–3, 9–2, 10–8||1 h 16 min|
|7.||3 December 2004||Qatar Classic Open||Vanessa Atkinson||4–9, 7–9, 6–9||41 min|
|8.||9 April 2005||Texas Open||Vanessa Atkinson||10–9, 9–0, 9–4, 9–3, 9–2||1 h 1 min|
|9.||4 December 2005||World Open||Nicol David||10–8, 2–9, 6–9, 7–9||53 min|
|10.||1 June 2006||Hurghada International Open||Omneya Abdel Kawy||6–9, 2–9, 9–7, 9–0, 2–9||1 h 15 min|
|11.||9 July 2006||Qatar Airways Challenge Open||Nicol David||9–4, 5–9, 0–9, 0–9||54 min|
|12.||5 August 2006||Penang Open||Nicol David||5–9, 9–6, 5–9, 3–9||55 min|
|13.||18 September 2006||British Open||Nicol David||4–9, 1–9, 4–9||41 min|
|14.||2 September 2007||Dutch Open||Nicol David||9–4, 9–1, 9–6||34 min|
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- Rachael Grinham profile on the WSA
- Rachael Grinham profile on SquashInfo
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