The main drama to happen at the theatre occurred in the evening session,
but the first winner at the mightily impressive Luxor Theatre was
Australia's *Kasey Brown *who won an up and down five-setter against
in-form Egyptian* Raneem El Weleily*. El Weleily's shots were on target in
the first but then she started find the tin as Brown came back to lead 2/1.
El Weleily found her range again to level, but handed Brown too a good lead
in the fifth, and despite fighting back to almost parity after an hour's
play Brown finally put a ball too wide and deep to advance to the
quarter-finals with a 4/11, 11/7, 11/3, 6/11, 11/8 scoreline.
There she'll play defending champion *Nicol David* in a repeat of their
meeting in Philadelphia which the Australian won. David looked in good form
against young Egyptian *Nour El Sherbini* who, although she managed to stay
within reach of her illustrious opponent's score in each of the three
games, never seriously threatened the five time champion who won 11/7,
11/6, 11/7. El Sherbini had almost not started the match having sustained
an ankle injury whilst warming up but some swift physio action saw her able
to take centre stage and demonstrate some of the skills that had seen her
upset Donna Urquhart in the previous round. However, the defending champion
was always looking to up the pace and cantered home in straight games.
The first upset of the day came as Malaysia's *Low Wee Wern* put in an
inspired performance against France's *Camille Serme*, the seventh seed who
made the semi-finals last year. Low was always ahead in the first, and
crucially saved game ball before taking a close second. Serme hit back to
take the third easily but the Malaysian always had the edge in the fourth,
with Serme throwing in a few errors at crucial times. Low thus makes the
quarter-finals for the second year in a row, 11/4, 12/10, 2/11, 11/7.
Twelfth seed* Natalie Grinham* delighted the ever-growing and excited Luxor
audience with a straight-game win over Irish fourth seed *Madeline Perry*.
Irresistible in the first two games with her flicks, holds, drops and
relentless running, the four-time runner-up was in charge, although Perry's
frustration wasn't helped by a number of unforced errors on her part.
Perry steadied in the third, established a decent lead, but couldn't stop
Grinham's comeback as she picked up where she left off in the first two,
eventually winning on a stroke at the end of a scrambling rally.
*Women's Round Two (top half):*****
 Kasey Brown (Aus) bt  Raneem El Weleily (Egy) 4/11, 11/7, 11/3,
6/11, 11/8 (65m)
 Nicol David (Mas) bt [Q] Nour El Sherbini (Egy)
11/7, 11/6, 11/7 (32m)
 Wee Wern Low (Mas) bt  Camille Serme (Fra) 11/4, 12/10,
2/11, 11/7 (31m)
 Natalie Grinham (Ned) bt  Madeline Perry (Irl)
11/6, 11/5, 11/8 (35m)
photo Cheltenham jockey club
photo Cheltenham Racecourse