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Qatar Squash Classic, Doha, Qatar

Qatar Squash Classic, Doha, Qatar

RESULTS: Qatar Squash Classic, Doha, Qatar

 

Women's 2nd round:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Annelize Naude (NED) 9-3, 9-0, 9-3 (28m)

[7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [10] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) 10-8, 8-10, 5-9, 9-6, 9-3 (84m)

[4] Tania Bailey (ENG) bt [14] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) 9-3, 9-7, 2-9, 9-3 (53m)

[5] Vicky Botwright (ENG) bt [12] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) 9-0, 9-4, 9-2 (33m)

[6] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [13] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 9-4, 9-6, 9-2 (34m)

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [16] Kasey Brown (AUS) 9-2, 9-3, 9-0 (26m)

[8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [9] Madeline Perry (IRL) 9-2, 9-3, 9-5 (40m)

[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [11] Alison Waters (ENG) 4-9, 9-5, 9-4, 9-0 (46m)

All top eight seeds progressed through to the quarter-finals of the women's WISPA World Tour Gold event - though not without incident: For only the third time this year in a winning match, Australia's Natalie Grinham dropped a game in her second round clash with England's Alison Waters.

 

However, the 29-year-old second seed from Queensland, finalist in her last six events, recovered from the first game loss to beat 11th seed Waters 4-9, 9-5, 9-4, 9-0 in 46 minutes.

 

Grinham goes on to face eighth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from the Netherlands who beat Ireland's No9 seed Madeline Perry 9-2, 9-3, 9-5.

 

Interestingly, the women's event produced the longest match of the day for the second time in 24 hours: Omneya Abdel Kawy battled for 84 minutes before finally overcoming England's 10th seed Laura-Jane Lengthorn 10-8, 8-10, 5-9, 9-6, 9-3.

 

The eighth seed from Egypt now resumes her career-long rivalry with Malaysia's Nicol David. On course for her tenth successive international title success, the top seed and world number one from Penang beat Annelize Naude, from the Netherlands, 9-3, 9-0, 9-3.

 

Women's quarter-final line-up:

[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [7] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)

[4] Tania Bailey (ENG) v [5] Vicky Botwright (ENG)

[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [6] Natalie Grainger (USA)

[2] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v [8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED)

 

Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA

For further information: Howard Harding

Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130

WSQ 3810 Email: HowHard@aol.com 15 April 2007

 

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