Muscat: Omani star Fatma Al Nabhani made a winning start in the $15,000 ITF Pro Circuit Sharm El Sheikh tournament in Egypt on Tuesday.
Fatma, who is looking to add to the first title of the year she won in Bahrain, combined well with her Russian partner Angelina Gabueva to storm into the doubles quarterfinals of Egypt tournament.
In their first round match, Fatma and Angelina took just 56 minutes to brush aside the challenge of Serbian Barbara Bonic and Australian Jelena Stojanvic in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.
In the last eight stage, Fatma and Angelina will take on India duo of Rutuja Bhosale and Kanika Vaidya.
In their first round match, the Indians upset second seeds Nudina Luangnam of Thailand and Shelby Talcott of the U.S. for a 7-6 (11), 6-3 victory.
Third seed Fatma is scheduled to start her singles campaign on Wednesday against Egyptian qualifier Lamis Al Hussein Abdel Aziz.
Fatma won her first title of the year in March when she lifted the doubles crown in the company of Marian Jade Capadicua of the Philippines in the $15,000 Manama ITF Women’s Circuit tournament.