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Dutch Open 2004
20-23 May 2004, The Hague, Netherlands
WISPA  $20k, PSA $10k
23-May, Finals:
Grinham & Anjema take
Dutch Titles in the Hague

The Dutch Open saw a home winner in the Men's event as Laurens Jan Anjema claimed the biggest title of his career, while Dutch-Based Natalie Grinham retained the women's title with an upset victory over Cassie Jackman.

Grinham caused a huge upset with a 9-7, 9-5, 0-9, 9-5 win over world number 1 Cassie Jackman. Grinham had already lost 6 times to Jackman this year, but this time she proved the stronger player. In a wonderful match, the lightning fast Grinham recovered most of Jackman's shots and countered them with winners of her own. After winning the first two games, the youngest Grinham lost her way in the third, but refocused in the fourth game to win her second consecutive Dutch Open title.

It was sweet revenge for Grinham who went down to Jackman in an epic five-game final at last month's Grand Prix Finals in Qatar.

"This means so much to me, beating the world No.1 is special and to retain my Dutch Open title is a real thrill," said Grinham, who knocked out world No.3 Vanessa Atkinson in the semis.

"I had to really focus after losing the third game so easily and to come back and win the fourth was a great feeling and a huge relief, especially as I hadn't beaten Cassie in any of our meetings this year."

Anjema defeated Wales' Gavin Jones 15/12, 15/12, 15/5 to claim the biggest title of his career. At his home club in the Hague, the 21 year old Dutchman was too strong for the 4th seeded Jones. The first two games were long and close affairs. Both times the players reached 12-all, but at the end of the games 'LJ' played the big points better. After Anjema captured the 2nd game there was no way out for the brave Welshman. Anjema went on to win the third 15-5 to the delight of the home crowd.

22-May: Anjema delights Dutch crowd
21-May: Berden limps out in Quarters
20-May: Ross romps into Dutch quarters
19-May: Berden & Atkinson go for Dutch Double


  • Women's Draw
  • Men's Draw
  • Reports
  • 2003 Event
    Willstrop & Grinham win

More photos on the
Official site from the Hague

Women's Dutch Open 2004, $20k
1st Round Thu 20th Quarters Fri 21st Semis Sat 22nd Final Sun 23rd
[1] Cassie Jackman (Eng)
 9/0/, 9/3, 9/2
Eman El Amir (Egy)
Cassie Jackman
 9/1, 9/1, 9/3
Carla Khan
Cassie Jackman

9/1, 9/7 9/1

Linda Charman
Cassie Jackman

 9-7, 9-5, 0-9, 9-5

Natalie Grinham

[7] Carla Khan (Pak)
 9/6, 9/5, 9/3
[Q] Line Hansen (Den)
[4] Linda Charman (Eng)
 9/3, 9/1, 9/1
[Q] Olga Piudgemont (Esp)
Linda Charman
9/1, 9/4, 7/9, 9/0
Annelize Naude
[8] Annelize Naude (Ned)
 2/9, 9/6, 9/2, 6/9, 10/9
Laura Lengthorn (Eng)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
 4/9, 9/3, 9/2, 9/4
[5] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
Isabelle Stoehr
9/7, 9/2, 9/4
Natalie Grinham
Natalie Grinham

6/9, 9/3, 9/0, 9/5

Vanessa Atkinson

Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
9/1, 9/0, 9/1
[3] Natalie Grinham (Aus)
Becky Botwright (Eng)
 9/1, 9/0, 9/3
[6] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Latasha Khan
9/3, 9/1, 9/2
Vanessa Atkinson
[Q] Kim Hannes-Teunen (Bel)
9/6 9/2 9/4
[2] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)


Finals (Wed 19th):
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Charlie De Rycke (Bel)  9/3, 10/8, 9/4
Olga Piugdemont Sola (Esp) bt Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)  9/6, 9/6, 9/4
Line Hansen (Den) bt Margriet Huisman (Ned)  10/8, 9/0, 9/6
Kim Hannes-Teunen (Bel) bt Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)   9/3, 6/9, 9/1, 3/9, 9/6

Round One:
Charlie De Rycke (Bel) bt Karen Kronemeyer (Ned) 9/3, 9/0, 9/3
Sarah Kippax (Eng) bt Dagmar Vermuelen (Ned)  9/3, 4/9, 9/2, 9/2
Olga Piugdemont Sola (Esp) bt Daniela Schumann (Ger)  9/4, 10/8, 9/0
Suzie Pierrepont (Eng) bt Chinatsu Matsui (Jpn)  9/4, 9/2, 9/2
Margriet Huisman (Ned) bt Katline Cauwels (Bel)  9/5, 9/4, 9/3
Line Hansen (Den) bt Milja Dorenbos (Ned)  9/6, 9/0, 9/5
Kim Hannes-Teunen (Bel) bt Orla Noom (Ned) bt 9/1, 9/0, 9/1
Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy) bt Daphne Albada Jelgersma (Ned)  9/3, 10/8, 9/4

Men's Dutch Open 2004  $10k
1st Round Thu 20th Quarters Fri 21st Semis Sat 22nd Final Sun 23rd
[1] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
 15/8, 15/11, 15/8
Rafael F Alarcon (Bra)
Davide Bianchetti
15/7, 15/6, 15/6
Raj Nanda
Davide Bianchetti

15/13, 5/15, 7/15, 15/1, 15/14

Gavin Jones
Gavin Jones

15/12, 15/12, 15/5


Laurens Jan Anjema

[LL] Callum O'Brien (Nzl)
 15/10, 15/11, 15/3
[Q] Raj Nanda (Aus)
[4] Gavin Jones (Wal)
 15/5, 15/10, 15/3
[Q] Laurent Elriani
Gavin Jones
 15/3, 15/6 15/11
Alex Stait
[6] Alex Stait (Eng)
 15/9, 15/12, 9/15, 15/11
Saeed Hassan (Pak)
[Q] David Barnett
 15/13, 15/3, 15/10
[8] Liam Kenny (Irl)
Liam Kenny
15/14, 15/9, 15/9
Laurens Jan Anjema
Laurens Jan Anjema

15/11, 8/15, 15/12, 15/5

Stacey Ross
Tom Hoevenaars (Ned)
15/6 15/6 15/2
[3] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)
Stacey Ross (Eng)
 15/10, 15/11, 15/3
[7] Glenn Keenan (Irl)
Stacey Ross
Tommy Berden
[Q] Andrew Whipp (Eng)
15/7 15/10 9/15 13/15 15/13
[2] Tommy Berden (Ned)
PSA Qualifying

Third Round (Wed 19th):
Andrew Whipp (Eng) bt Julien Balbo (Fra)  15/12, 14/15, 15/10, 15/6
Laurent Elriani (Fra) bt Stefan Liefels (Ger)  15/8, 15/8, 15/7
David Barnett (Eng) bt Callum O'Brien (Nzl)  15/11, 15/9, 15/3
Raj Nanda (Aus) bt Jason Barry (Rsa) 15/8, 15/10, 15/7

Second Round:
Andrew Whipp (Eng) bt Jesse Engelbrecht (Zim)   15/10, 15/7, 9/15, 15/12
Julien Balbo (Fra) bt Dylan Bennett (Ned)   15/9, 15/8, 15/8
Laurent Elriani (Fra) bt Marc Reus (Ger)   15/4, 15/10, 17/16
Stefan Liefels (Ger) bt Muhammad Khan (Pak)   15/9, 15/12, 15/12
David Barnett (Eng) bt  Ashley Flathers (Eng)   17/16, 12/15, 15/10,15/13
Callum O'Brien (Nzl) bt Bradley Hindle (Aus)   15/12, 15/10, 15/11
Jason Barry (Rsa) bt Michael Elford (Eng)   15/7, 15/9, 15/10
Raj Nanda (Aus) bt Andre Holderegger (Sui)   15/5, 15/13, 15/9

1st qualifying round:
Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Mark Andrew Burke (AUS)  17/15 15/6 15/11
Julien Balbo (FRA) bt Piedro Schweertman (NED)  15/11 16/17 15/9 15/11
Andrew Whipp (ENG) bt Hansi Seestaller (GER)  15/11 15/13 15/13
Jesse Engelbrecht (ZIM) bt Sebastiaan Weenink (NED)  15/13 15/7 15/13
Khayal Muhammad (PAK) bt Bader Al Hassaini (KUW)  17/16 15/13 15/12
Stefan Leifels (GER) bt Andrew Peter Learoyd (ENG)  15/8 15/9 15/11
Laurent Elriani (FRA) bt Alexandre Muller (FRA)  15/11 15/3 15/4
Marc Reus (NED) bt Shahid Khan (ENG)  11/15 11/15 17/14 15/8 15/5
David Barnett (ENG) bt Rodolphe Bigot (FRA)  15/6 15/12 15/10
Ashley Flathers (ENG) bt Christopher Gordon (USA)  11/15 15/8 15/6 17/15 15/2
Bradley Hindle (AUS) bt Rene Mijs (NED)  15/13 15/7 15/5
Callum O'Brien (NZL) bt Rob Aerts (BEL)  15/12 15/9 15/12
Jason Barry (RSA) bt James Stout (BER)  15/4 15/10 14/15 15/13
Michael Elford (ENG) bt Jago Nardelli (ENG)  15/11 15/6 15/12
Andre Holderegger (SUI) bt Romain Tenant (FRA)  15/6 15/12 9/15 13/15 15/14
Raj Nanda (AUS) bt Niels Hoevenaars (NED)  15/13 15/8 15/6

22-May, semi-finals:
Anjema delights
Dutch crowd

Laurens Jan Anjema delighted the Dutch crowd to reach the final of the Dutch Open 2004. In his home club, the 21 year old Anjema beat England's surprise semi-finalist Stacey Ross 3-1. The third game proved crucial, with Anjema sneaking it 15/12. From there he went on to take the match 15/11 8/15 15/12 15/5.

In tomorrow's final Anjema will face the 4th seed Gavin Jones from Wales. Jones overcame the top seeded Italian champion Davide Bianchetti with the smallest possible margin. Jones fought back from 2-1 down to win 15/14 in the fifth.

In the women's event Natalie Grinham returned to the final after a 3-1 win over 2nd seed Vanessa Atkinson. In a repeat of last year's final the 26 year old Grinham was too strong for the Dutch number 1. After winning the first game, Atkinson had no answer to the speed and power of the youngest Grinham. The Dutch based Australian clinched the match 6/9 9/3 9/0 9/5.

In the final Grinham will take on Cassie Jackman. The world number one was too strong for compatriot Linda Charman, Jackman winning 9/1 9/7 9/1.

21-May, Quarters:
Berden Limps out
After his 'narrow escape' against qualifier Andrew Whipp in the first round, Dutch champion Tommy Berden was forced to pull out of the Dutch Open with a knee and hamstring injury, allowing Stacey Ross a walkover into the semi-finals.

Ross will still face a Dutch challenge, after Laurens Anjema beat Liam Kenny to ensure home interest in the semi-finals. The other semi-final will be between Italy's top seed Davide Bianchetti and Wales' Gavin Jones, who both recorded comfortable 3/0 victories.

In the women's event Dutch hopes rest on the shoulders of Vanessa Atkinson, who will face Dutch-based Natalie Grinham in a repeat of last year's final. The other semi-final will be an all-English affair between world number one Cassie Jackman and Linda Charman.

20-May, First Round:

Ross romps into Dutch Quarters

England's Stacey Ross robbed eighth seed Glenn Keenan of his chance of appearing in the quarter-finals of the Dutch Open when he upset the Australian in straight games in the opening round of the men's event at the Caesar Sports Club in The Hague.

The 30-year-old from Surrey, enjoying a successful return to the PSA Tour after a number of years away from the sport, beat Keenan 15-10 15-11 15-3 and now faces local hero Tommy Berden for a place in the semi-finals.

Berden, the reigning Dutch National champion and the event's second seed, struggled to find his form in his opener - taking five games to overcome English qualifier Andrew Whipp 15-7 15-10 9-15 13-15 15-13. "It was a narrow escape for the Dutch number one," conceded Berden, the world No34 from Almere, afterwards.

The women's Dutch No1 Vanessa Atkinson had no such problems as she swept to a straight games win over Belgian qualifier Kim Hannes-Teunen. Playing on her home courts, second seed Atkinson despatched her opponent 9-6 9-2 9-4 to set up a quarter-final clash with sixth seed Latasha Khan, the US National champion who beat England's Rebecca Botwright 9-1 9-0 9-3.

All the top eight women's seeds survived their first round obstacles - though an upset looked on the cards when England's unseeded Laura Lengthorn forced the match against local star Annelize Naude, the No8 seed, into a fifth game. At nine-all in the decider, Naude served into the back wall nick to clinch a fortunate 2-9 9-6 9-2 6-9 10-9 victory.

19-May, Preview:
Atkinson and Berden go for Dutch Double ...

Dutch squash stars Tommy Berden and Vanessa Atkinson are seeded to reach the finals of this week's Dutch Open in The Hague - and will be seeking to go one better than they did in last year's championships when both were runners-up.

Dutch National champion Berden, the No2 seed in the men's event, faces qualifier Andrew Whipp in the first round after the Englishman beat France's Julien Balbo in the qualifying finals. The Dutchman is expected to meet Italy's top seed Davide Bianchetti in Sunday's final.

Atkinson, the No2 seed in the women's event who is based in The Hague, will be hoping to erase memories of her miserable performance in last month's World Grand Prix Finals as she aims to win her second title in three years. The 28-year-old world No3 faces Belgian qualifier Kim Hannes-Teunen in the first round and is expected to come up against England's world No1 Cassie Jackman in the final.

Jackman & Bianchetti top Hague draws
World number one Cassie Jackman and Dutch champion Vanessa Atkinson are seeded to meet in the final of the Dutch Open in the Hague this weekend.

Jackman is expected to meet Linda Charman in the semi-finals, while Atkinson will need to depose reigning champion Natalie Grinham to reach the final.

In the men's event Italy's Davide Bianchetti is top seed, with Dutch number one Tommy Berden seeded two.

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