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Jackman And Grainger Expected To Go Head-To-Head In Qatar Airways Squash Challenge

Doha, Qatar : England's Cassie Jackman will have to fight hard in next week's 2004 Qatar Airways Squash Challenge to retain her top position in the world women's squash rankings, in a tournament that is expected to see her go head-to-head in the final against the world's second ranked player Natalie Grainger.

The Qatar Airways Squash Challenge will begin next week on February 23 at Doha's Khalifa International Tennis-Squash Stadium, with the final to be held on Saturday, February 28.

The event has already attracted the world's top 32 women's squash players as they compete for $70,000 in prize money.

The 31-year-old Jackman reclaimed the top ranking from the 26-year-old Grainger just last month, 17 months after undergoing career-threatening back surgery for the second time.

However despite Jackman's new position on top of the world rankings, it is Grainger from the United States that heads into the Qatar Airways Squash Challenge as the top seed.

Jackman comes to Doha fresh from her win in the British National Championship in Manchester where she won the title for a record sixth time.

Both Jackman and Grainger will also be trying to secure as many Grand Prix points as they can in the Qatar Airways Squash Challenge, to try and catch Australia's Rachel Grinham after her recent win in the Sheikha Al Saad Kuwait Open - a win that has moved Grinham up to number three in the world rankings.

Grinham has amassed 2410 Grand Prix points, ahead of Jackman on 1610 points, her sister Natalie Grinham and Grainger who both share 980 points.

Admission to the Qatar Airways Squash Challenge is free. Most games start from 2 pm.

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

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