"She's the highest-ranked player I've ever beaten," said the 22-year-old, ranked 16 places lower.
"I've only played her once before and she beat me comfortably. But I'm a lot fitter now and I felt a lot more confident that she'd make the errors before I did," said the British Under-23 champion. "I thought I had every chance of getting a result - but I didn't underestimate her."
Moverley will now play Line Hansen, the World No.26 from Denmark who beat England's Emma Beddoes.
Moverley will be joined in Thursday's qualifying finals by compatriots Dominique Lloyd-Walter and Sarah Kippax. Lloyd-Walter, the World No19 and highest-ranked player in the women's qualifying competition, survived an all-English clash with Rebecca Botwright, winning 4-11 11-5 11-6 11-5.
"I've worked hard over the summer and was really looking forward to the match with Becky," said the 28-year-old. "I knew she'd been training hard and I never thought it would be easy."
Lloyd-Walter will face Canada's Alana Miller for a place in the first round. "To make the main draw would be fantastic," said the English player.
Miller took just 11 minutes to earn her place in the qualifying finals when Yorkshire's Lauren Siddall crashed out, lunging to take a ball and pulling a muscle in her upper right leg. The 24-year-old from Pontefract, ranked 39 in the world, was a game and 0-7 down to the Canadian, ranked 41 in the world, when she was forced to withdraw. 
"I'm really disappointed - this is a big event," said Siddall. "But I didn't want to make it worse - particularly with the Worlds later in the month."
Siddall was a late entry to the qualifying draw after the withdrawals of a few higher-ranked players. "I was really lucky getting in, but my luck ran out today!"
Cheshire's Sarah Kippax won her first round match in the women's qualifiers, beating New Zealand's Kylie Lindsay 11-8, 11-4, 11-9. The Halifax-based world No24 is now just one win away from making the main draw of the British Open for the first time at her seventh attempt.
"The British Open is one of the biggest events on the Tour and I would love to qualify," said 26-year-old Kippax. "It would be lovely to play on the all-glass court at the National Squash Centre - but I don't want to hype it up."
The Northern Club, Didsbury, Manchester
Women’s 1st Round Qualification:
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) bt Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (52m)
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Laura Hill (ENG) 11-8, 15-13, 4-11, 11-1 (32m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (26m)
Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)
Fiona Moverley (ENG) bt Joshna Chinappa (IND) 12-10, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (36m)
Line Hansen (DEN) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG) 11-4, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6 (47m)
Alana Miller (CAN) bt Lauren Siddall (ENG) 11-3, 7-0 ret. (11m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt Rebecca Botwright (ENG) 4-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (48m)
Women's Qualifying Finals Line-up:
Engy Kheirallah (EGY) v Donna Urquhart (AUS)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) v Aisling Blake (IRL)
Line Hansen (DEN) v Fiona Moverley (ENG)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) v Alana Miller (CAN)
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England’s Fiona Moverley produced the only upset in the first round of the women's qualification at the internationalSPORTgroup British OpenManchester 2009 staged at The Northern Club in Manchester, when she celebrated the best win of her career by beating India's World No.35 Joshna Chinappa 12-10 10-12 11-7 11-9 in 36 minutes.