The left-hander from New South Wales, the lowest-ranked player to make it into the main draw, resisted a fight back by Isabelle Stoehr, a semi-finalist last year, to win 11-7 11-9 8-11 7-11 11-7 in 44 minutes. The win marked the biggest win of Urquhart's career, and her first over a world top ten opponent.
"Even to qualify for the British Open was a big achievement," said the 22-year-old World No.31 after her first appearance in the event. "I’ve been working so hard for so long and been unlucky, so right now I have the most amazing feeling of relief. I am just overwhelmed to have reached the quarter-finals."
Urquhart now faces Alison Waters, the third seed from England who beat New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes 11-6 11-9 11-6.
There will be English interest in all but one of the women's quarter-finals, with Jenny Duncalf, runner-up last year, defeating local hero Sarah Kippax, a qualifier, 11-5 11-7 6-11 11-2.
The fourth seed will now meet eighth seed Vanessa Atkinson, the former World Champion from the Netherlands who beat England's Tania Bailey 8-11 11-3 11-2 11-8.
Bailey, a former World No.4 and British Open finalist, is making a quicker-than-expected return to competition after undergoing knee surgery in April. "I really enjoyed that," said Bailey after the match. "A couple of months ago I wouldn't have imagined this. The British Open wasn't even on my radar - I was told I could be back by November if I was lucky.
"But everything progressed better than I could have hoped even though getting back with commitment was tough."
"Physically the match was hard but my hip was totally fine. But I knew it would be tough as I only stepped on court again three weeks ago. Now I can't wait for the Worlds as it is another bonus!"
Laura Massaro recovered from two games down to come through her first round encounter - beating rising Mexican star Samantha Teran 10-12 7-11 11-8 11-4 11-6. The No.6 seed takes on second seed Rachael Grinham for a place in the semi-finals.
But the former champion from Australia was stretched to the limit before overcoming English qualifier Dominique Lloyd-Walter 9-11 12-10 11-5 4-11 11-8 in 64 minutes - the longest women's match of the day.
"I feel absolutely great about my performance but feel so frustrated as I am waiting for the big win to come along and this could have been the opportunity," said a despondent Lloyd-Walter.
The Northern Club, Manchester
Women’s Championship 1st Round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) bt Lauren Briggs (ENG) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)
[5] Madeline Perry (IRL) bt [Q] Line Hansen (DEN) 11-9, 11-5, 11-2 (31m)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [7] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11, 11-7 (44m)
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) bt Tania Bailey (ENG) 8-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8 (36m)
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) bt [Q] Sarah Kippax (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-2 (41m)
[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) bt Samantha Teran (MEX) 10-12, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-6 (61m)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 9-11, 12-10, 11-5, 4-11, 11-8 (64m)
Women's Championship Quarter-Finals Line-up:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v [5] Madeline Perry (IRL)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) v [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [6] Laura Massaro (ENG)
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Australian Champion Donna Urquhart became the only qualifier to reach the quarter-finals of the women's championships of the internationalSPORTgroup British OpenManchester 2009.