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Top Seeds Are Through To Last Sixteen In Qatar Airways Challenge

Doha, Qatar : Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy got though to the last sixteen of the Women's Qatar Airways Squash Challenge in Qatar's capital city Doha by beating Pamela Nimmo. Fellow-Egyptian Engy Kheirallah lost out to Londoner Rebecca Macree, the seventh seed.

At the top end of the draw, No. 1 seed Natalie Grainger put aside worries of a stomach infection she had been suffering from last week to beat Australian qualifier Amelia Pittock in just 31 minutes.

Ireland's Madeline Perry led a mini-wave of upsets during the second day of qualifications for the Qatar Airways Squash Challenge. Perry took out England's 10th seed Vicky Botwright in 41 minutes to earn an unexpected place in the second round against Rebecca Macree.

Two other English seeds bade farewell to the $70,000 WISPA World Tour Grand Prix event which reaches its final at the Khalifa Squash Complex on Saturday (28 February). Tania Bailey, the 24-year-old former world junior champion from Lincolnshire who has been beset by a number of injuries over the past year, convincingly won the opening game against unseeded Rebecca Chiu.

But the Asian Games champion from Hong Kong soon got the upper hand and, after 29 minutes of action, wrapped up a 0-9 9-6 9-2 9-5 win over the No12 seed. "I'm actually in good health now, but simply not fit enough yet to compete as I would like," said Bailey later.

New Zealand's Shelley Kitchen also had to fight back from a game down - but did so in style as she upset England's 11th seed Stephanie Brind 7-9 9-5 9-0 10-9 in 44 minutes. The 24-year-old from Auckland's reward is a second round meeting with England's world No1 Cassie Jackman, who took four games to despatch Netherlands qualifier Annelize Naude.

Today's "Last 16" starts at 2 pm, with all matches being played on the Centre Court. Admission is free.

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

1st round:

[1] Natalie Grainger (USA) bt [Q] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 9-1, 7-9, 9-0, 9-4 (31m)
[15] Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) bt [Q] Pamela Nimmo (SCO) 9-7, 10-8, 9-5 (40m)
[8] Fiona Geaves (ENG) bt Latasha Khan (USA) 9-1, 10-8, 9-3 (25m)
[13] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 7-9, 9-3, 3-9, 9-3, 9-4 (54m)
[4] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt [Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 9-6, 9-6, 9-0 (33m)
[16] Jenny Tranfield (ENG) bt [Q] Laura-Jane Lengthorn (ENG) 9-3, 0-9, 3-9, 9-5, 9-4 (63m)
[7] Rebecca Macree (ENG) bt [Q] Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 9-5, 9-3, 9-3 (41m)
Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [10] Vicky Botwright (ENG) 9-4, 10-8, 9-2 (41m)
[9] Nicol David (MAS) bt [Q] Tegwen Malik (WAL) 4-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-1 (44m)
[6] Linda Charman (ENG) bt [Q] Vicky Lankester (ENG) 9-7, 9-1, 9-3 (35m)
Rebecca Chiu (HKG) bt [12] Tania Bailey (ENG) 0-9, 9-6, 9-2, 9-5 (29m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 9-2, 9-1, 9-0 (21m)
[14] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt Alison Waters (ENG) 9-3, 9-4, 9-7 (43m)
[5] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt Carla Khan (PAK) 9-3, 10-8, 6-9, 9-2 (62m)
Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [11] Stephanie Brind (ENG) 7-9, 9-5, 9-0, 10-9 (44m)
[2] Cassie Jackman (ENG) bt [Q] Annelize Naude (NED) 9-0, 6-9, 9-4, 9-0 (34m)

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