World No.24 Kippax resisted a fightback by Aisling Blake to beat the Irish opponent ranked just three places lower 11-8 11-9 3-11 6-11 11-2 in 53 minutes.
"The last time we played, she won 3/1, so I was pleased with that - especially as she is playing so well," said the now Halifax-based player. "It feels great to be playing in the event this year - it's almost like a local tournament for me. This is a great start to the new season."
Kippax will face fellow countrywoman Jenny Duncalf, the fourth seed who reached the final last year. 
Dominique Lloyd-Walter also enjoyed qualifying success. The World No.19 and highest-ranked player in the women's qualifying competition despatched Canadian Alana Miller 11-5 11-8 11-8 and will now meet Australia's former champion Rachael Grinham, the No2 seed, in the first round.
Egypt's Engy Kheirallah, the top seed in the qualifying event, went down 11-9 11-9 11-6 in 33 minutes to Australian Donna Urquhart. The 22-year-old World No.31 from New South Wales, who becomes the lowest-ranked player in the women's event, will face France's seventh Isabelle Stoehr.
Denmark's Line Hansen ended the giant-killing run of England outsider Fiona Moverley, winning 11-6 11-9 11-13 12-10 to earn a place in the main draw against Ireland's Madeline Perry, the fifth seed.
The Northern Club, Didsbury, Manchester
Women’s Championship Final Round Qualification:
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Engy Kheirallah (EGY) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (33m)
Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Aisling Blake (IRL) 11-8, 11-9, 3-11, 6-11, 11-2 (53m)
Line Hansen (DEN) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10 (39m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) bt Alana Miller (CAN) 11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (31m)
Women's Championship 1st Round:
[1] Nicol David (MAS) v Lauren Briggs (ENG)
[5] Madeline Perry (IRL) v [Q] Line Hansen (DEN)
[3] Alison Waters (ENG) v Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL)
[7] Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) v [Q] Donna Urquhart (AUS)
[8] Vanessa Atkinson (NED) v Tania Bailey (ENG)
[4] Jenny Duncalf (ENG) v [Q] Sarah Kippax (ENG)
[6] Laura Massaro (ENG) v Samantha Teran (MEX)
[2] Rachael Grinham (AUS) v [Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG)
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It was a case of seventh-time-lucky for England's Sarah Kippax in the qualifying finals of the women's championship of the internationalSPORTgroup British Open – Manchester 2009 squash championships. After six previously unsuccessful attempts since 2002, the 26-year-old will compete in the main draw for the first time.