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Eight Challengers Win Through To Compete In The 2004 Qatar Airways Squash Challenge

Doha, Qatar : Egypt's Engy Kheirallah was one of eight players who yesterday won selection to enter the 2004 Qatar Airways Squash Challenge which officially begins today at Kahalifa International Tennis-Squash Complex in Doha, Qatar.

Five Britons also won through yesterday's final qualifying round of the Women's Qatar Airways Squash Challenge to join the eleven British players already in the main draw of the WISPA World Tour Grand Prix event.

The $70,000 event is the first to be sponsored by Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines in the world, which recently announced a three-year agreement with WISPA to become the television sponsor of the WISPA Grand Prix, in addition to becoming the association's official airline.

Natalie Grainger, the world No2 from the USA, is the top seed and is expected to meet England's world No1 Cassie Jackman in the final at the Khalifa Squash Complex on Saturday 28 February.

Today's opening round begins at 2 pm with the final game scheduled to begin at 6.40 pm. Admission is free.

RESULTS: Women's Qatar Airways Squash Challenge, Doha, Qatar

Final qualifying round:

Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt Rebecca Botwright (ENG) 9-1, 9-2, 5-9, 9-5
Pamela Nimmo (SCO) bt Amnah Trabolsy (EGY) 9-4, 9-0, 9-1
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt Melissa Martin (AUS) 9-2, 9-3, 9-2
Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) bt Katline Cauwels (BEL) 9-2, 9-2, 9-5
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Runa Reta (CAN) 9-1, 6-9, 6-9, 9-4, 9-0
Tegwen Malik (WAL) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 9-0, 9-4, 9-0
Vicky Lankester (ENG) bt Ellen Petersen (DEN) 9-5, 9-4, 9-4
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Kate Roe (ENG) 9-0, 9-3, 9-1

Updated 1st round draw:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) v [Q] Amelia Pittock (AUS)
[15] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v [Q] Pamela Nimmo (SCO)
[8] Fiona Geaves (ENG) v Latasha Khan (USA)
[13] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v Sharon Wee (MAS)
[4] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) v [Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)
[16] Jenny Tranfield (ENG) v [Q] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG)
[7] Rebecca Macree (ENG) v [Q] Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
[10] Vicky Botwright (ENG) v Madeline Perry (IRL)
[9] Nicol David (MAS) v [Q] Tegwen Malik (WAL)
[6] Linda Charman (ENG) v [Q] Vicky Lankester (ENG)
[12] Tania Bailey (ENG) v Rebecca Chiu (HKG)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Karen Kronemeyer (NED)
[14] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v Alison Waters (ENG)
[5] Natalie Grinham (AUS) v Carla Khan (PAK)
[11] Stephanie Brind (ENG) v Shelley Kitchen (NZL)
[2] Cassie Jackman (ENG) v [Q] Annelize Naude (NED)

Doha-based Qatar Airways will operate a fleet of 110 aircraft by 2013 – almost double the existing size. Qatar Airways has ordered 80 Airbus A350s, 60 Boeing 787s and 32 Boeing 777s, with deliveries of the latter having started in November 2007. The airline is a launch customer of the twin-deck Airbus A380 ‘super jumbos’ with five aircraft on order and scheduled for delivery from 2010. Qatar Airways moves to the New Doha International Airport in 2010, when the first phase of the new facility opens. For more information, visit www.ndiaproject.com

Qatar Airways is one of only six airlines in the world with a Five Star ranking for service and excellence awarded by Skytrax, the independent aviation industry monitoring agency. Skytrax also named Qatar Airways’ cabin crew as Best in the Middle East for the fifth year running in 2007 following a survey of more than 15 million passengers worldwide. For more information, log onto www.qatarairways.com


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