Dutch Open 2005
31 May - 5 June,
Women $26K, Men $15k.
David take Dutch Titles
Nicol David was forced to come back from a two games deficit to win the
Mamut Dutch Open title from Linda Elriani 4-9, 2-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3. In the
first two games the 33-year-old Elriani showed all her experience coming
back to take that first 9-4, after going 4-0 down, then keeping the pace up
to win the second 9-2 against a player that exemplified none of the
qualities of speed and alertness that saw her knock out the world champion
the day before. Not until the third game did David find an aggressive edge
and taking the ball earlier she won the game 9-3 as her opponent started to
feel the pace. On a roll David dictated the pace of play and dominated the
play in the fourth as Elriani flagged and was unable to make any of the
killing drops that served her so well in the first two games work while her
opponent kept on retrieving the rebounding ball on a warm court that was to
her advantage. In the fifth it was a point for point struggle before the
21-year-old Malaysian surged away at 4-3 and closed out the match.
In the men’s final Bradley Ball lived up to his seeding but it took him five
games to see off David Bianchetti 9-11, 11-1, 5-11, 11-6, 11-6. It was a
chaotic match with Ball losing the 25 minute first game but then bounce back
immediately, just as Bianchetti should have taken advantage to win the
second in just 7 minutes. And so the play see-sawed back and forth until
Ball’s extravagant shots finally saw out the fifth and he took the Dutch
The winners Bradley Ball left and Nicol
David right with Tommy Berden who was forced to withdraw from the event
due to injury. Berden performed an ambassadorial role during the event.
Dutch Open 2005:
WOMEN'S MAIN DRAW
31 May- 5 June, Almere, $31k
Thurs 2 June
Fri 3 June
Sat 4 June
Sun 5 June
9-4, 9-6, 9-0
9-6, 10-8, 9-3
2-9, 9-6, 10-8, 9-6
4-9, 2-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-3
9-0, 9-6, 9-1
Pamela Nimmo (Sco)
| Nicol David
9-3, 9-3, 9-3
Rebecca Chiu (HK)
9-0, 9-4, 9-4t
| Fiona Geaves
8-10, 8-9, 9-6, 10-8, 9-6
Laura Jane Lengthorn
9-5, 2-9, 9-7, 4-9, 9-5
 Annelize Naude (Ned)
9-6, 9-5, 4-9, 9-4
6-9, 9-7, 9-4, 9-2
9-4, 9-4, 9-1
 Linda Elriani (Eng)
9-2, 9-0, 9-3
 Jenny Duncalf
9-5, 9-3, 9-2
 Natalie Grinham (Aus)
31 May -
1 June 2005
Laura Jane Lengthorn bt Jenna Gates 9-2, 9-5, 9-5;
Tegwen Malik bt Charlie de Rijcke 9-1,
10-8, 9-4 ;
Olga Puigdemont bt Raneem el Weleily 10-9, 9-2, 10-8;
Lauren Briggs bt Aisling Blake 9-0, 9-7, 9-7;
Karen Kronemeyer bt Sharon Wee 4-9, 9-6, 4-9, 9-4, 9-4;
Dominique Lloyd-Walter bt Jana Smeralova 9-5, 9-4, 9-0 ;
Latasha Khan bt Melissa Meulenbelt 9-1, 9-2, 9-3;
Rebecca Botwright bt Margriet Huisman 9-3, 9-0, 9-6.
Laura Jane Lengthorn (ENG) bt Olga Puigdemont (ESP) 9-2, 9-3, 10-9;
Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 9-3, 9-2, 9-6;
Tegwen Malik (WAL) bt Rebecca Botwright (ENG) 9-0, 10-8, 10-8;
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 10-9, 2-9, 9-4, 9-3.
MEN'S MAIN DRAW
31 May-5 June,
Thurs 2 June
Friday 3 June
Sat 4 June
Sun 5 June
| Bradley Ball
11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7
11-9, 11-8, 1-11, 11-8
11-6, 11-4, 11-4
7-11, 11-1, 11-4, 11-2
Shamsul Islam Khan (Pak)
11-6, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5
11-9, 11-10, 11-2
| Ben Garner
11-6, 1-11, 11-4, 11-6
|Raj Nanda (Aus)
11-9, 3-11, 11-13, 11-4, 11-8
 Gavin Jones (Wales)
11-2, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4
11-6, 8-11, 11-6
11-5, 11-8, 11-3
 David Bianchetti (Ita)
10-12, 11-2, 9-11, 11-8, 7-11
Stephanie Galifi (Fra)
11-10 (4-2), 11-8, 11-4
| Stacy Ross
11-9, 11-3, 11-3
 Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
- 1 June 2005
Jean-Michel Arcucci bt Laurent Elriani 7-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-6;
Ritwik Bhattacharya bt Bradley Hindle 4-11, 11-8, 11-6, 2-11, 11-7;
Jan Koukal bt Bastiaan Meulenbelt 11-7, 11-7, 11-8;
Farrukh Zaman bt Julien Balbo 14-12, 12-10, 11-13, 11-9 ;
Scott Handley bt Niels Hoevenaars 11-3, 11-6, 11-5;
Majid Khan bt Glenn Keenan 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 ;
Lucas Buit bt Wai Hang Wong 11-4, 11-10, 11-3 ;
Cameron White bt Dylan Bennett 15-13, 8-11, 11-9, 11-6.
Final qualification round:
Ritwik Bhattacharya (IND) bt Jean-Michel Arcucci (FRA) walkover;
Jan Koukal (CZE) bt Farrukh Zaman (PAK) 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-4;
Scott Handley (ENG) bt Lucas Buit (NED) 11-2, 11-8, 11-3;
Majid Khan (PAK) bt Cameron White (AUS) 11-7, 11-6, 13-11.
REPORTS ON THE
THE SEMI-FINAL MATCHES
Atkinson and Grinham Fall
The semi-finals of the women's Mamut Dutch Open produced a couple of
surprise results with the top two seeds being knocked out. Both Vanessa
Atkinson and Natalie Grinham have strong Dutch connections but were unable
to capitalise on such an advantage. Grinham is based at the venue for the
tournament, Almere Squash Club, but lost out to England's Linda Elriani.
Despite winnng the first and holding a lead in the second the Australian was
clawed back by Elriani's accurate placement of floated lengths and volley
drops. Despite some outstanding retrieving Grinham could not prevent Elriani
dominating the court and by the end was making a number of unforced errors
out of frustration. Atkinson is the Dutch no.1 but the support of the home
crowd was not enough to see her through against Malaysia's Nicole David.
Like Grinham, Atkinson dominate the first game and won it comfortable 9-2.
However David's speed and anticipation began to come into play as she won
the next 3 games, each one closely contested.
In the men's event the results were more expected, with both higher ranked
players winning through to the final. Bradley Ball seemed to be showing no
ill-effects from his long match the night before as he quickly disposed of
Ben Garner. Garner was unable to contain his compatriot's hard-hitting,
attacking play and Ball admitted "It's a relief to have got through in 3
games having had a tough match last night, hopefully now i should be fresh
for the final".
In the final Ball will face Italy's Davide Biancetti who disposed of Stefan
Galifi in 4 games. Biancetti can at times be rather vocal himself but on
this occassion he left the refereeing discussions to his French opponent.
The tactic clearly paid off as Biancetti showed patience interspersed with
much attacking skill when required to move into the final.
BEN GARNER REPORTS ON
THE QUARTER-FINAL MATCHES
Brutal win for Ball
The top seeds in the men's and women's Mamut Dutch Open both reached the
semi-final stage but were pushed hard in the process. Bradley Ball in
particular found fierce resistance in the form of Canadian Shahir Razik. On
a hot bouncy court the contrast in styles between Ball's hard-hitting
attacking game and Razik's speed and accurate ball-placement provided an
Ball narrowly won the first two games before Razik took control in the
third. The fourth was intriguingly poised at 8-7 when having recovered from
a full length dive Razik was harshly denied a let. After taking an injury
break for a bruised hip Razik returned to the court but two winners from
Ball gave him the match after 100 minutes of play!
Afterwards Ball admitted, "That was pretty brutal, Shahir was very tough to
break down and I'm just pleased to have got through".
Ball's win guarantees an English finalist as he now faces compatriot Ben
Garner who defeated qualifier Scott Handley. The other semi-final will be
between Davide Biancetti and Stacey Ross or Stefan Galifi.
The women's event has been left with a truly world class semi-final line-up,
with 4 of the top 6 ranked players in the world remaining. A sell-out crowd
is expected to cheer on local favourite Vanessa Atkinson, who reached the
last four after defeating Pamela Nimmo in a close fought three games,
recovering from 7-4 down and saving 2 game balls before clinching the second
game. Atkinson will face Nicole David who comfortably beat a Fiona Geaves
clearly suffering the after-effects of a marathon victory the day before.
The other half of the draw will feature Linda Charman against Natalie
Annelize Naude loses with pride
In the first match of the day the Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005 lost another
Dutch player, although this loss wasn’t a surprise as Annelize Naude, the
number two of the Netherlands, was facing world number six Linda Elriani.
Annelize Naude offered good resistance in the first two games, but still
found herself 2-0 down. In the third game Annelize Naude seemed to find the
answer to beat her opponent and after taking the third game quite easily the
match looked like going the full distance. However Linda Elriani is known
for her mentality and refused to capitalize. She won the fourth game 9/4 and
became the first player to make it into the semi finals.
Ben Garner first men’s semi finalist
After two games it was clear that the qualifying matches had taken their
toll on Scott Handley from England. He was capable to keep up with Ben
Garner for two games, but after that Scott was visibly too tired to offer
resistance to the fit Ben Garner. With a score line of 11/9, 11/10, 11/2 Ben
Garner was the first player to move into the semi finals of the men’s event.
Nicol David convincingly into the semi finals
The former world junior champion Nicol David is destined to become the
number 1 of the World. She is only 21 years old and she already occupies the
4th spot on the world rankings. On very important moments the pressure
sometimes gets to her, but today she didn’t have any of these problems. She
was way better than Fiona Geaves, currently ranked 15 in the world. The
experienced Fiona has absolutely no chance against the feather light
Malaysian player, who even recorded a 9/0 game score. Nicol David will now
play the winner of the match between Vanessa Atkinson and Pamela Nimmo.
Davide Bianchetti beats Gavin Jones
The only Italian in the draw send the only Welshmen in the tournament back
home. In an attractive match, where both players exhausted each other, it
proved to be Bianchetti who showed a higher fitness level. Jones slowly got
tired, which allowed Bianchetti to take control of the rallies with his
unpredictable shots. Bianchetti now plays against the winners of the
Stephane Galifi vs. Stacey Ross match. Particularly a match against the
French magician, Stephane Galifi, would ensure a spectacular match.
ROUND 1: By Ben Garner
Ross and Handley Surprise
Hopes of a home win in the men's event of the Mamut Dutch
Open were dealt a fatal blow in the first round. After the withdrawal
through injury of Tommy Berden last week, local expectations rested on no.2
seed Laurens Jan Anjema but he was sensationally beaten 3-0 by England's
Stacey Ross. Anjema, who is the defending champion, took a 7-1 lead in the
first game but was unable to convert and had no response to the Ross'
accurate play on the hot bouncy courts at Almere squash Club. The other
surprise came in the top half of the draw where no.3 seed Hesham Ashour was
defeated by English qualifier Scott Handley, to give England 4
representatives at the quarter final stage of the event.
The match of the day in the women's event was undoubtedly the clash between
English compatriots Fiona Geaves and Laura-Jane Lengthorn. Despite trailing
by 2 games to love and 6-0 in the fifth, Geaves used all her experience to
recover and emerge victorious from a long encounter. However hopes of a home
win are still alive in the female draw with top seed Vanessa Atkinson and
Annelize Naude both progressing to the quarter-finals.
FINAL QUALIFYING ROUND:
Briggs and Lengthorn Qualify
On the second qualifying day of the Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005, the number
three of the Netherlands, Karen Kronemeyer, lost against Lauren Briggs from
England with the game scores 9/3 9/2 9/6. Although Kronemeyer offered stiff
resistance it was clear that Lauren Briggs is ranked 15 places higher on the
world rankings. Because of this result the amount of Dutch players (2) in
the main draw remains the same. World champion, Vanessa Atkinson, will face
Lauren Briggs Thursday at 20.15 and Annelize Naude will play against
Stephanie Brind from England at 14.00.
The other players who qualified for the main draw are Laura Jane Lengthorn
from England, Tegwen Malik from Wales and Latasha Khan from the United
Buit Bows Out
The end of a PSA career has come for nine times Dutch champion Lucas Buit.
He went down against Scott Handley from England on the second qualification
day of the Mamut Dutch Open. Handley turned out to be too strong for Buit.
The other qualifying matches also showed no surprises. Majid Khan from
Pakistan beat Cameron White from Australia in three straight games. Jan
Koukal beat Farrukh Zaman from Pakistan and Ritwik Bhattacharya had a
walkover as Jean-Michel Arcucci pulled back due to illness. The main draw
starts on Thursday.
QUALIFYING ROUND 1:
There were hardly any surprises on the first qualifying day
of the biggest individual squash event in the Netherlands. In both the men’s
and women’s qualifying 16 players compete for 4 spots in the main draw. Out
of the 32 players six have the Dutch nationality. Unfortunately only the
experienced Lucas Buit and Karen Kronemeyer made it through to the next
round. Both Kronemeyer and Buit won unexpectedly. Kronemeyer beat Sharon Wee
in five games and the nine-time national champion, Lucas Buit, surprised the
national champion of Hong Kong, Wai Hang Wong, in 3 straight games. The
young and talented Dylan Bennett only just fell short against Australian,
Cameron White, and Margriet Huisman, another young Dutch player, had little
chance against Rebecca Botwright. The other Dutch players, Niels Hoevenaars,
Bastiaan Meulenbelt and Melissa Meulenbelt were unable to trouble their
Tomorrow Lucas Buit will come up against Scott Handley from England and
Karen Kronemeyer will face Lauren Briggs, also from England. If they win
they will qualify for the main draw tournament that starts on Thursday. If
this happens they will join the other Dutch players, Vanessa Atkinson,
Laurens Jan Anjema, Annelize Naude and Tom Hoevenaars, in the main draw. In
the women’s event Vanessa Atkinson is seeded to win the Mamut Dutch Open. A
win in Almere will bring her closer to the number 1 spot in the world. Her
main rivals are Natalie Grinham, Nicol David and Linda Elriani, respectively
number 3, 4 and 6 in the world. In the men’s event Laurens Jan Anjema is one
of the many contenders. There are at least 8 players that have a chance to
win the Dutch Open title, which will make it tough for the highest Dutch
player on the world ranking (31st).
PREVIEW & NEWS
Rachael Grinham and Berden out
NEWS REPORT: The local favourite,
Tommy Berden, sadly has to withdraw from the Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005.
An ankle injury, sustained during a training session, has forced the Dutch
Champion to miss this event. This is particularly sad, because Berden was in
good shape the last month and he was fully focused to perform well at this
international event in his home town Almere.
NEWS REPORT: Due to the late
withdrawal of the female world number 1, Rachael Grinham from Australia,
world champion Vanessa Atkinson is now the highest seeded player. The reason
of the withdrawal from Rachael Grinham is due to the fact that she has had
great results in the past month. ‘I have had a very busy period with
successful tournaments in the United States and Qatar. Therefore it is now
time to take some rest and prepare fully for the World Games and the second
half of the year. Unfortunately this means that I will not be competing at
the Dutch Open’.
Top Ranking event for the Netherlands
From May 31st until June 5th 2005
the biggest squash event of the Netherlands will take place in the squash
centre “Squash Almere”. The Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005 attracts
competitors from all over the world and is an initiative from Squash Bond
Nederland, Stichting Stadspromotie Almere and the Olympic Network Flevoland
At the women’s side, the four of the top five ranked players on the world
ranking, including world champion, Vanessa Atkinson, are participating. On
the men’s side most attention and local support will go out to four-time
Dutch Champion, Tommy Berden, and the highest ranked Dutch player on the
world ranking, Laurens Jan Anjema. In particular Tommy Berden will be extra
motivated to get a good result in his home town Almere.
The Mamut Dutch Open Squash 2005 has combined prize money in excess of $
40.000usd. The title sponsor is Mamut Software, a supplier of
financial-administrative software for smaller companies.