Kawy Crushed In Qatar

Teenagers Nour El Tayeb and Dipika Pallikal produced notable upsets on the opening day of main draw action in the Women’s Qatar Classic, the $74,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Khalifa International Tennis & Squash Complex in Doha.

Rapidly-rising 17-year-old Nour El Tayeb struck the mightiest blow, beating fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, the third seed, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 in just 27 minutes.

The first ever victory over world No4 Abdel Kawy, her country’s highest-ranked player, comes only a week after El Tayeb defeated the Egyptian No3 Engy Kheirallah.

“I played well,” conceded the youngster to www.squashsite.co.uk later. “But I had to beat Omneya in three – and that doesn’t happen every day!

“I beat Engy two weeks ago in New York and I’ve been playing well, so I knew I had a chance, no more than that. I certainly didn’t expect to win, I’d never even taken a game off Omneya before,” added the world No35.

India’s Dipika Pallikal made up for the disappointment of having to miss last month’s Commonwealth Games in her home county when she recorded a stunning 13-11, 3-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10 victory over Ireland’s 15th seed Aisling Blakein 64 minutes.

“The last month was just awful for me, having to withdraw from the Commonwealth Games with illness,” admitted the 19-year-old from Chennai. “It took me three weeks before I could come out of my room and talk to someone.

“But I’m pleased to be back playing, and looking hopefully I can play well tomorrow.”

Top seed Nicol David, the world number one looking for her 50th title on the WISPA Tour, eased into the second round after beating England’s Emma Beddoes 11-6, 11-4, 12-10.

1st round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 12-10 (30m)
[11] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [Q] Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (18m)
[7] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-0, 11-6, 11-9 (39m)
[9] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt Manuela Manetta (ITA) 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 11-6 (32m)
Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt [3] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)
[16] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt [Q] Adel Weir-Nunan (RSA) 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (18m)
[5] Camille Serme (FRA) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-2, 11-4, 11-6 (24m)
[13] Joelle King (NZL) bt [Q] Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-2, 12-10, 11-6 (26m)
[14] Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt [Q] Olga Ertlova (CZE) 11-5, 11-4, 11-3 (26m)
[8] Raneem El Weleily (EGY) bt Tania Bailey (ENG) 14-12, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
[12] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt [Q] Gaby Schmohl (SUI) 11-6, 11-9, 11-2 (28m)
[4] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 11-4, 14-12 ret. (18m)
Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt [15] Aisling Blake (IRL) 13-11, 3-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10 (64m)
[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Orla Noom (NED) 11-8, 11-8, 11-2 (29m)
[10] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 11-5, 4-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6 (47m)
[2] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [Q] Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-3, 11-4, 11-2 (21m)