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Urquhart Advances as Upsets Abound in Women’s Australian Open


Australian No.1 Donna Urquhart moved through to the quarter-final of the Australian Open, PSA W15 tournament after she overcame compatriot Christine Nunn in straight games at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Urquhart, who exited in the last eight during 2015’s edition of this tournament, was in fine fettle as she powered to the win in straight games to keep up her chances of lifting a first PSA World Tour title since March 2015.

The World No.21 will face another Australian, Tamika Saxby, in the next round after Saxby, a qualifier, stunned Belgium’s World No.41 Nele Gilis to secure her quarter-final berth.

Elsewhere, number four seed Millie Tomlinson also fell to a shock defeat after losing to Egyptian qualifier Nouran El Torky. Tomlinson has won five of her last six PSA World Tour events, but lost 3-2 to El Torky, with the 23-year-old triumphing 12-10 in the decider to set up a quarter-final fixture with compatriot and fellow qualifier Hana Ramadan, who upset fifth seed Christine Nunn.

There were no such upsets to be found in top seed Dipika Pallikal Karthik’s encounter with wildcard Jessica Turnbull. Pallikal Karthik was a beaten finalist in last week’s Victorian Open, losing out to Tomlinson, but escaped the cull of seeds in the opening round by seeing off Turnbull 3-0. Up next for the Indian No.2 is a meeting with Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi after the number seven seed saw off New Zealand’s Megan Craig.

Hong Kong’s Liu Tsz-Ling became the fourth seed to exit during the opening day of main draw action after she succumbed to South Africa’s Siyoli Waters in a dramatic five-game affair. Waters’ reward is a last eight encounter with number eight seed Mayar Hany, the World No.46 who defeated Danielle Letourneau.

Results – First Round: Women’s Australian Open 2016
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [WC] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-5, 11-8
[7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Megan Craig (NZL) 3-1: 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6
[Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [5] Christine Nunn (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-3
[Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [4] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) 3-2: 12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10
Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt [3] Liu Tsz-Ling (HKG) 3-2: 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 4-11, 11-8
[8] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [Q] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 11-8
[Q] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt [6] Nele Gilis (BEL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-8, 14-12, 11-7
[2] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-4, 11-7

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
[Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v [Q] Nouran El Torky (EGY)
Siyoli Waters (RSA) v [8] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[Q] Tamika Saxby (AUS) v [2] Donna Urquhart (AUS)

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The following quarter-final matches will be streamed live (all times are local GMT+10)
19:00 [Q] Tamika Saxby (AUS) v [2] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
20:30 [1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [7] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)

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