Owens, Jackman win on a day when players were cast in supporting roles The mountain, they say, came to Mohammed. Yesterday, Hong Kong's version saw squash being taken to the people - glass court and all as the semi-finals of the Credit Suisse Privilege World Women's Open was played out in the stunning surroundings outside the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. With the spectacular night Hong Kong skyline a picture postcard backdrop, the four-sided glass court mounted on a platform played host to the four semi-finalists - Carol Owens and Vanessa Atkinson, followed by Nicol David, Asia's first World Open semi-finalist, against Cassie Jackman. 'It is a great atmosphere out there. It rates with other outdoor tournaments like the one amongst the Pyramids in Egypt,' said Owens, relieved after coming back from a first game loss to win 6-9, 9-7, 9-6, 9-6. Her opponent in today's final will be Jackman who knocked out tournament giant-killer David 9-7, 9-3, 9-4 in a one-sided match. That was hardly the case for Owens, the world number one from New Zealand, who seemed totally out-of-sorts at the beginning before picking up her game and composure to defeat Atkinson from the Netherlands in a tense struggle. 'I can't get any worse than that [start],' said Owens. 'My length was bad, my timing was bad. I thought I was relaxed. Maybe I got too relaxed and started playing shots I shouldn't have. I didn't work hard enough and I was just being lazy.' Atkinson took the attack to Owens from the outset and, dominating the front, spirited away the first game. She led 7-2 in the second before Owens woke up to the fact that her hopes of winning a second World Open title were fast vanishing. 'It didn't feel like a match I was going to win. The court was a lot slower than the others we have used so far and the ball was dying out there. But luckily she fell off the pace midway through the second game,' said Owens. Owens cannot afford to have a slow start against Jackman today. The expert view is that the Perspex court suits Jackman's style of play - the ball coming off slower than in the courts at the Hong Kong Squash Centre. 'This court suits my game. And all the pressure is on Carol [Owens). I'm just delighted to be in the final,' said Jackman. Last year, Jackman spent six weeks in bed, recovering from an operation on her spine. She never thought she would be able to play squash again, let alone be in the final of the World Open. 'Lying in bed for six weeks, you don't think of such things. I'm just thrilled to be playing again and to be in the final,' said the 30-year-old Englishwoman. Jackman was hardly put under any pressure by Malaysian David, who seemed overawed by finding herself in the semi-finals. 'I tried to push her but she has so much experience and knew how to handle it. The court also suits her style of play,' said David. 'I'm happy to have got so far. I have learned a great deal from this tournament.' Asia's top-ranked player was overshadowed. But, all four players were cast in supporting roles yesterday, overshadowed by the court and the breathtaking surroundings as the glass court and the Hong Kong harbour stole the show. 'Normally you take people to the sport. But this time we have brought squash to the people. This is the first time that we have played a tournament outdoors and I think it is well worth all the trouble and time that went into the planning,' said a thrilled Hong Kong Squash chairman David Mui Ying-yuen. 'We have had this idea for a long time. But for it to happen, we needed a world-class event and support from the government. We got both this time. The Relaunch Hong Kong campaign saw us get help from the government,' said Mui. Meanwhile, the legendary Jahangir Khan, president of the World Squash Federation and a guest this week, will feature in a doubles exhibition match before the final today. Jahangir, a 10-time British Open champion and six-time World champion, will partner Hong Kong's Rebecca Chiu.