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.
The world No17 from Hong Kong will now line up against South Africa's No7 seed Adel Weir-Nunan.
 Annie Au (HKG) v  Adel Weir-Nunan (RSA)
 Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) v  Linda Hruzikova (SVK)
 Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v  Celia Allamargot (FRA)
 Dipika Pallikal (IND) v  Laura Pomportes (FRA)
 Annie Au (HKG) bt Zoya Khalid (PAK) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (28m)
 Adel Weir-Nunan (RSA) bt Aisha Al-Hamad (KUW) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (18m)
 Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Surbhi Misra (IND) 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 (17m)
 Linda Hruzikova (SVK) bt Muqaddas Ashraf (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 9-11, 12-10 (53m)
 Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt [Q] Hisa Al Shaebi (KUW) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (11m)
 Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Maria Toor Pakay (PAK) 11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (19m)
 Laura Pomportes (FRA) bt [Q] Mariam Dashti (KUW) 11-0, 11-3, 11-2 (14m)
 Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Sara El Noamany (EGY) 11-4, 9-11, 13-11, 11-8 (45m)