Kerala's Daya Elsa Jacob qualified for her maiden women's singles main draw  defeating Egypt's Asmaa Badie Tawfeek 21-6, 21-16 during the Tata Open India International Challenge at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) courts yesterday.

Daya Elsa Jacob in action during the Tata Open at NSCI yesterday.
Pic/Sameer Markande

Daya next faces defending champion and best friend PC Thulasi. "I have defeated Thulasi earlier. But this is an International challenge, so I just want to go out and give my best," said the 18-year-old, who won the U-16 state sub-junior title in 2006 at the expense of Thulasi.