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El Torky Eliminates Nunn in Surprise Women’s Victorian Open Victory


Egyptian World No.54 Nouran El Torky stunned home hope Christine Nunn on the opening day of main draw action at the Victorian Open, PSA W10 tournament to become the only non-seeded player to reach the quarter-final.

El Torky, who is ranked 17 places below Nunn on the World Rankings, rattled off a succession of winners to complete an 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 and progress to the last eight.

Up next for El Torky is a meeting with Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi, who came back from 2-1 down against Sarah Cardwell.

Indian No.2 Dipika Pallikal Karthik made her first appearance of the 2016/17 season and got off to a successful start after defeating Malaysia’s Teh Min Jie to set up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand’s Megan Craig, who beat wildcard Tamika Saxby to ensure that there would be no local players to make it through to the next round.

Number two seed Millie Tomlinson got revenge for her defeat against Hana Ramadan in last week’s Bendigo International by downing the Egyptian in straight games. Tomlinson will line up against South Africa’s Siyoli Waters for a place in the last four after she emerged from a frenetic five-game thriller against Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Belgium’s Nele Gilis is also through to the quarter-final thanks to her 3-1 victory against Malaysian qualifier Rachel Arnold. The 20-year-old now turns her attentions to sixth seed Mayar Hany, who beat Canada’s Danielle Letourneau to reach the next round.

Results – First Round: Women’s Victorian Open 2016
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [Q] Teh Min Jie (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (24m)
[8] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [WC] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 3-2: 11-4, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 (43m)
[5] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) bt Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 3-2: 11-5, 14-16, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10 (73m)
Nouran El Torky (EGY) bt [3] Christine Nunn (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (32m)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bt [Q] Rachel Arnold (MAS) 3-1: 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 (40m)
[6] Mayar Hany (EGY) bt [Q] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) 3-1: 11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8 (36m)
[7] Siyoli Waters (RSA) bt Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 3-2: 11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10 (53m)
[2] Millie Tomlinson (ENG) bt [Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY) 3-0: 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (27m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v [8] Megan Craig (NZL)
[5] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN) v Nouran El Torky (EGY)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) v [6] Mayar Hany (EGY)
[7] Siyoli Waters (RSA) v [2] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)

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