Malaysia’s World No.9 Nicol David has withdrawn from the upcoming Allam British Open in Hull due to injury.
The five-time British Open champion will miss out on the sport’s longest running tournament, which takes place May 15-20, as she recovers from recurrent hamstring and adductor strains.
Her withdrawal also means that she will not feature at the season-ending ATCO PSA Dubai World Series Finals, as the Malaysian currently sits in 10th place on the standings.
Her withdrawal has resulted in a reshuffle to the women’s draw, with Australia’s Donna Urquhart now facing Egypt’s Mariam Metwally in round one and United States Olivia Blatchford will face compatriot and former World No.6 Amanda Sobhy in an all-American round one battle in Hull.
2018 Allam British Open – Revised Women’s First Round Draw
 Nour El Sherbini (EGY) v Emily Whitlock (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY)
 Alison Waters (ENG) v Joey Chan (HKG)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) v  Nouran Gohar (EGY)
 Laura Massaro (ENG) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Joshna Chinappa (IND)
 Olivia Blatchford (USA) v Amanda Sobhy (USA)
Salma Hany (EGY) v  Nour El Tayeb (EGY)
 Joelle King (NZL) v [Qualifier]
[Qualifier] v  Tesni Evans (WAL)
 Donna Urquhart (AUS) v Mariam Metwally (EGY)
[Qualifier] v  Camille Serme (FRA)
 Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) v Hania El Hammamy (EGY)
[Qualifier] v  Annie Au (HKG)
 Victoria Lust (ENG) v [WC] Fiona Moverley (ENG)
[Qualifier] v  Raneem El Welily (EGY)
Qualifying for the tournament takes place from May 13-14 at the University of Hull Sports and Fitness Centre, while the main draw is at the Airco Arena between May 15-20 with the exception of 23 of the 32 first round matches on May 15, which will be staged at the university.
Matches held on the glass court at the Airco Arena will be shown on SQUASHTV (Rest of World) and Eurosport Player (Europe only) while the semi-finals and finals will be shown live on mainstream broadcast channels around the world, such as BT Sport, beIN Sports, Fox Sports Australia and Astro.
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