Donna Urquhart joined
the WSA World Tour back in June of 2005, and exactly a year later had jumped
over 90 rankings places to occupy a top60 place. Her first WSA titles came in Malaysia in
2007, as she won consecutive competitions, the NSC Super Satellite No3 and the
NSC Satellite No6. These victories at
the end of the year boosted the Australian’s ranking further for the start of
the new year as she began 2008 at No40 in the world.
A quiet 2008 saw
Urquhart acclimatise herself to the higher echelons of the WSA World Tour, but
began 2009 strongly, claiming her third title in the Australia Day Challenge in
January, followed by winning the Top End Open and clinching the Australian
National Championships. She later
reached the quarter-finals of the British Open as a qualifier and similarly,
the second round of the Hong Kong Open.
Appearances in the Chennai and KL Open’s as a
qualifier in 2010 continued to boost Urquhart’s ranking climb and brought her
for the first time into the world’s top 20.
Winning the Buler Challenge Cup gave the Australian her fifth WSA World
Tour title, and she added her sixth in April of 2011, claiming the Indian
A steady player who regularly achieves the minimum
expected of a player of her standing, Urquhart has well established herself as
a dangerous contender, knocking on the door of the top10. So far in 2012 she reached the quarter-finals
of the Cleveland Classic as a qualifier, beating Kasey Brown, and was drawn to
play Nicol David in round one of the CIMB Nicol David KL Open after making it
through the qualifying rounds. On home
soil she made it to the quarters of the Australian Open after beating
compatriot Rachael Grinham, before consolidating an excellent month by winning
the Crocodile Challenge Cup at the end of August.
The Australian has seen mixed fortunes since then,
reaching the first round of World Series events as a qualifier, but also
falling short in the first rounds of smaller tournaments in which she was
So far in 2013, Urquhart has played to her seeding
in both the Greenwhich Open and Cleveland Classic but a foot injury that
required surgery kept out of the game for 3 months upon which she returned to
competition at the Allam British Open, losing in the first round to Omneya
Abdel Kawy and reaching the quarter final at the Buler Cup.