El Tayeb and Pallikal surprised in Qatar!

Teenagers Nour El Tayeb and Dipika Pallikal (pic) produced notable upsets on the opening day of main draw action in Doha. Rapidly-rising 17-year-old Nour El Tayeb struck the mightiest blow, beating fellow Egyptian Omneya Abdel Kawy, the 3rd seed, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 in just 27 minutes. India’s Dipika Pallikal made up for the disappointment of having to miss last month’s Commonwealth Games in her home county when she recorded a stunning 13-11, 3-11, 4-11, 11-4, 12-10 victory over Ireland’s 15th seed Aisling Blake in 64 minutes. Top seed Nicol David, the world No.1 looking for her 50th title on the WISPA Tour, eased into the 2nd round after beating England’s Emma Beddoes 11-6, 11-4, 12-10. All other seeded players didn’t face any notable problems to reach the next round.