9 May 2009

Hawkes stuns Stoehr in upset in Cayman Islands

8:21 am on 9 May 2009

The New Zealand squash player Jaclyn Hawkes produced the only upset on the opening day of the Women's Cayman Islands Open when she beat France's sixth seed Isabelle Stoehr in straight games to claim a surprise quarter-final berth.

The 26-year-old world No17 from Auckland took only 26 minutes to subdue Stoehr 11-7, 11-6, 11-4, ending a run of four defeats to the higher-ranked Frenchwoman over the past three years.

Hawkes will now face the former world champion Rachael Grinham, the third seed from Australia, for a place in the semi-finals.