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Pallikal Tested In Kuwait Opener

13 Jun 2010

Dipika Pallikal took her anticipated place in the quarter-finals of the Women's Sheikha Sheikha Saad Al Sabah International - but the second seed from India was stretched to four games by Egypt's unseeded Sara El Noamany in the opening round of the inaugural $11,600 WISPA World Tour squash event at the Qadsia Sporting Club in Hawally, Kuwait.

Pallikal, the 18-year-old world No40 from Chennai, battled for 45 minutes to overcome the 20-year-old from Cairo 11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 - and will now face eighth seed Laura Pomportes for a place in the last four.

Pomportes, from Toulouse in France, despatched Mariam Dashti - one of two Kuwaiti qualifiers - 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 in just 14 minutes.

Top seed Annie Au was in commanding form as she brushed aside Pakistan's Zoya Khalid 11-5, 11-7, 11-5.

The world No17 from Hong Kong will now line up against South Africa's No7 seed Adel Weir-Nunan.

Quarter-final line-up:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) v [7] Adel Weir-Nunan (RSA)
[3] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) v [5] Linda Hruzikova (SVK)
[4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v [6] Celia Allamargot (FRA)
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) v [8] Laura Pomportes (FRA)

1st round:
[1] Annie Au (HKG) bt Zoya Khalid (PAK) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
[7] Adel Weir-Nunan (RSA) bt Aisha Al-Hamad (KUW) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (18m)
[3] Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Surbhi Misra (IND) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (17m)
[5] Linda Hruzikova (SVK) bt Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10 (53m)
[6] Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt [Q] Hisa Al Shaebi (KUW) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (11m)
[4] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (19m)
[8] Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [Q] Mariam Dashti (KUW) 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
[2] Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Sara El Noamany (EGY) 11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 (45m)