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Key Encounters: Women’s World Championship RD1 Day Two

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Day two of the Naza PSA Women’s World Championship sees national icon Nicol David get her tournament underway in her native Malaysia with the superb action set to continue in Kuala Lumpur.

Rachael Grinham in action

Eight-time champion David currently holds the record for the most World Championship title wins and is set to face Australian stalwart Rachael Grinham who had the distinction of becoming World Champion in 2007.

David and Grinham have 38 years of experience between them, and actually met in the 2005 World Championship final, which was the year that began David’s record-breaking run at the Women’s Tour’s biggest event. The winner will play either Alison Waters or Heba El Torky in round two.

British Open champion Nour El Sherbini is seeded to meet David in the quarter-finals and gets her tournament under way against Australia’s Donna Urquhart in a potential banana-skin encounter.

The in-form El Sherbini has been the woman to beat this year, with two PSA World Series titles to her name. However, Urquhart is a steely competitor and will going full throttle to take a famous victory against her Egyptian counterpart.

Hong Kong’s Annie Au or India’s Dipika Pallikal will take on the winner of the El Sherbini and Urquhart fixture, with the duo set to face off for the first time in over two years after Au won that fixture.

Elsewhere, French number four seed Camille Serme takes on Joey Chan in her first round fixture, while England’s Sarah-Jane Perry, who meets Olivia Blatchford, could line up against Serme in the second round. British Open runner-up Nouran Gohar is a dark horse for the World Championship crown and she gets her event off to a start against Coline Aumard, while former World No.2 Jenny Duncalf goes head-to-head with Nadine Shahin.

Draw – Naza PSA Women’s World Championship: Bottom Half
[4] Camille Serme (FRA) v [Q] Joey Chan (HKG)
[Q] Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)
Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [Q] Nadine Shahin (EGY)
[Q] Coline Aumard (FRA) v [8] Nouran Gohar (EGY)
[5] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Dipika Pallikal (IND) v Annie Au (HKG)
Alison Waters (ENG) v Heba El Torky (EGY)
Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [2] Nicol David (MAS)

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