England's Linda Charman, elevated to No2 seed on the withdrawal of USA's Natalie Pohrer
who was struck down with flu after competing in last week's WISPA World Grand Prix Finals in Qatar, beat Hong Kong's Asian Games champion Rebecca Chiu 9-3 9-4 9-7.
 Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt  Natalie Pohrer
(USA) 7-9, 9-4, 0-9, 9-7, 10-8 (58m)
On the same permanently-sited all-glass court at the Khalifa Squash Complex in Qatar's capital city, Australia's fourth seed Rachael Grinham twice fought from behind to beat USA's No2 seed Natalie Pohrer
in an equally dramatic semi-final upset in the women's Qatar WISPA World Grand Prix Finals.
That time Natalie Pohrer
edged home 10-8 in the fifth.
As ever, Pohrer
raced to an early lead, with Grinham going in short too early and making errors.
This signalled a clear wake-up call for the world number two: Pohrer
literally overpowered her
waiflike opponent nine love in the third, allowing her
only two serves.When she
then reached 6-0 in the fourth it became fifteen points without reply and everything seemed done and dusted.
The final shootout was a cat and mouse affair until Pohrer
was saying "come on" as she
fists, but it was not enough.
 Natalie Pohrer
(USA) bt  Linda Charman (ENG) 9-7, 3-9, 9-3, 9-3 (40m)
...England's third seed Linda Charman, the WISPA Chairman, would have to beat WISPA President Natalie Pohrer in the first match to have any chance of progressing, but Pohrer would also only remain in the mix for a semi-final place by winning.
, the world No2, took the opening game against world No3 Charman, despite the Englishwoman's fight back to 7-8 from 1-8 down.
Despite words of encouragement from her boyfriend, French player Laurent Elriani, Charman was unable to extend her advantage and Pohrer
went on to win 9-7 3-9 9-3 9-3 in 40 minutes.
...The US No1 was clearly relieved to have reached the semi-finals, and acknowledged that the kick-start had come from her coach Michael Puertas, who had not travelled from the States: "I was under-prepared mentally when I played Vanessa and got an emailed 'kick up the butt' from my coach," Pohrer explained.
 Natalie Pohrer
(USA) bt Cassie Jackman (ENG) 9-2, 9-3, 8-10, 9-7 (46m)
Clearly still smarting after her
loss in five to Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson, Pohrer
started solidly, playing much more composed and controlled squash and soon moved two games ahead.
Errors from Pohrer
helped Jackman to forge a 6-3 lead in the third, but the group favourite overhauled Jackman to reach match ball at 8-7.
In the fourth, Pohrer
regained the initiative and finally took the match 9-2 9-3 8-10 9-7 in 46 minutes.
Delighted to be back in contention, Pohrer
explained: "Yesterday my mind wasn't straight.
Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt  Natalie Pohrer
(USA) 4-9, 10-9, 9-1, 4-9, 9-2 (48m)
The first day of qualifying group action in the Women's WISPA
World Grand Prix Finals also produced notable upsets with losses for second and third seeds Natalie Pohrer
and Linda Charman, respectively.
The Dutch No1 came back in the second and had a game ball at 8-7, before Pohrer
tightened up her
game to go to 9-8.
The two results throw Pool B wide open as Jackman takes on Pohrer
and Charman faces Atkinson in second round action.
Ahead of Grinham in the new list are USA's Natalie Pohrer
at No2 and England's Linda Charman at three.