Enjoying her highest ever ranking, Raneem El Weleily will be looking to flex her muscles as the world’s No.2 in her first competitive appearance since the British Open back in May, having opted not to play last months Australian Open.
Alison Waters will be looking to continue her progression back up the rankings as the Englishwoman, who regained Top10 status in the September rankings, has enjoyed unfavoured wins over a number of higher ranked players on her way back to form.
David, El Weleily, Massaro and Waters, along with Annie Au, Dipika Pallikal, Low Wee Wern and Natalie Grinham will all face qualifiers in their respective first round ties, whilst Duncalf will face Line Hansen of Denmark, Madeline Perry will play home interest Delia Arnold and teenage starlet Nour El Sherbini will face Gaby Huber of Switzerland.
David and Massaro would potentially meet in the semi-finals of the competition, whilst the Grinham sisters could meet in the quarters if Rachael can make it past Raneem El Weleily in round two. Alternatively, the quarter-final matchup could be between El Weleily and Alison Waters, with Waters having never lost to the Egyptian.
Nour El Sherbini is likely to get her first Top10 test in the quarters where she is seeded to meet No.4 Laura Massaro. No.3 seed Jenny Duncalf is likely to face Camille Serme and Madeline Perry on her way to the semi’s.