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Forexx Dutch Open titles for Matthew and David

It was one repeat and one new winner during the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 in Amsterdam as Nick Matthew and Nicol David claimed the Forexx Dutch Open titles in front of a packed crowd at the Frans Otten Stadion in the Dutch capital.

Having contested ten major finals over the last two years, David and two-time Dutch Open champion Natalie Grinham were no strangers. Their matches are invariably long and this was no exception - the first game alone lasted 23 minutes. Grinham led in the first two games but David fought back to take both 11/9. An early lead in the third proved too much for the newly-Dutch Grinham to overcome as the Malaysian world number one retained her title, and her unbeaten run of almost a year.

The men's final guaranteed a new name on the trophy. Top seed Nick Matthew, back on court after an eight-month injury layoff, faced improving Australian Cameron Pilley, who had beaten home favourite Laurens Jan Anjema in a marathon semi-final. Matthew, still ranked eighth in the world despite his long layoff, took a two-game lead. Pilley pulled one back and, despite his obvious tiredness, hung in to take the fourth game to extra points before the Englishman completed a very successful comeback to take his first Dutch Open title.

Toon van der Wulp (CEO - Forexx Group) with Finalists

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PSALIVE Highlights

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Laurens Jan Anjema's attempt to make it a Dutch Double was derailed by Australian Cameron Pilley

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Nick Matthew goes through to Quarters

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Natalie Grinham takes out qualifier Lauren Briggs to go through to face Vanessa Atkinson in the second round.


PSA LIVE Highlights

Forrex Dutch Open 2008
Men's Draw
Round One
4th Sept
5th Sept
6th Sept
7th Sept
[1] Nick Matthew (Eng)
11/3, 11/3, 11/4 (31m)
[Q] Shaun Le Roux (Eng)
Nick Matthew
11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (39m)
Jesse Engelbrecht
Nick Matthew
11/9, 11/4, 11/8 (38m
John White
Nick Matthew
11/8, 11/6, 6/11, 12/10 (79m)
Cameron Pilley
[8] Jesse Engelbrecht (Rsa)
11/7, 11/7, 9/11, 3/11, 13/11 (63m)
[Q] Robin Clarke (Can)
[4] John White (Sco)
12/10, 11/5, 13/11 (32m)
Piedro Schweertman (Ned)
John White
11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 11-7 (39m)
Miguel Angel Rodriguez
[5] Miguel Angel Rodriguez (Col)
11/8, 4/11, 11/7, 11/9 (78m)
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Aus)
Simon Rosner (Ger)
10/12, 15/13, 11/7, 12/10 (73m)
[7] Dylan Bennett (Ned)
Dylan Bennett
12-10, 11-1, 11-4 (39m)

Cameron Pilley
Cameron Pilley
5/11, 11/9,11/8 , 11/6 (81m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Ritwik Bhattacharya (Ind)
11/3, 11/5, 11/7 (31m)
[3] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
[Q] Steve Coppinger (Rsa)
11/9, 12/10, 11/7 (55m)
[6] Davide Bianchetti (Ita)
 Davide Bianchetti
11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 11-6 (81m)
Laurens Jan Anjema
Jon Harford (Eng)
11/5, 11/6, 11/1 (36m)
[2] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned)

Men's Qualifying


Finals, Wed 3rd:
Bradley Hindle (Aus) bt Rob Sutherland (Wal)           11/8, 11/6, 6/11, 11/4 (41m)
Shaun Le Roux (Eng) bt Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe)  7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 8/11, 11/7 (77m)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa) bt Gilly Lane (Usa)                       11/9, 14/12, 11/5 (54m)
Robin Clarke (Can) bt Ben Ford (Eng)                       11/3, 7/11, 11/5, 11/3 (39m)

Round One, Tue 2nd:
Bradley Hindle
(Aus) bt Rene Mijs (Ned)                         11/9, 11/7, 11/8 (49m)
Rob Sutherland (Wal) bt Martijn Kock (Ned)                    11/4, 11/2, 11/7 (22m)
Badr Abdel Aziz (Swe) bt Rasmus Neilsen (Den)             11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (31m)
Shaun Le Roux (Eng) bt Jens Schoor (Ger)                     11/5, 11/6, 11/3 (33m)
Steve Coppinger (Rsa) bt Sander Kock (Ned)                11/5, 12/10, 11/2 (44m)
Gilly Lane (Usa) bt  Frank Hartkoren (Ned)                      11/9, 11/1, 11/5 (31m)
Ben Ford (Eng) bt Bart Ravelli (Ned)             9/11, 9/11, 11/4, 13/11, 11/9 (64m)
Robin Clarke (Can) bt Bastiaan Meulenbelt (Ned)     11/5, 2/11, 11/5, 11/9 (60m)


Forrex Dutch Open 2008
Women's Draw  
Round One
4th Sept
5th Sept
6th Sept
7th Sept
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11/9, 9/11, 11/6, 11/5 (38m)
Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
 Nicol David
11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6 (60m)
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro
 Nicol David
11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (32m)
Natalie Grainger
 Nicol David
11/9, 11/9, 11/4 (55m)
Natalie Grinham
[6] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (Eng)
11/8, 7/11, 11/8, 14/16, 11/7 (67m)
Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
[4] Natalie Grainger (Usa)
11/6, 11/5, 4/11, 11/8 (32m)
Madeline Perry (Irl)
Natalie Grainger
11-8, 11-3, 11-2 (24m)
Jenny Duncalf
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
 9/11, 11/6, 11/6, 11/7 (33m)
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
Kasey Brown (Aus)
12/10, 9/11, 11/6, 11/8 (50m)
[8] Alison Waters (Eng)
 Alison Waters
11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (35m)
Rachael Grinham
Alison Waters
9/11, 11/7, 11/5, 11/8 (51m) 
Natalie Grinham
[Q] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
 11/6, 11/8, 11/8 (30m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
[Q] Line Hansen (Den)
11/7, 11/2, 11/8 (28m)
[7] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Vanessa Atkinson
11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5 (40m)
Natalie Grinham
[Q] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
11/2, 11/3, 11/4 (22m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)


Finals, Wed 3rd:
Line Hansen (Den) bt Samantha Teran (Mex)                     11/9, 11/8, 11/9 (44m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt Annelize Naude (Ned)            11/8, 3/11, 11/8, 11/4 (38m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) bt Laura Hill (Eng)             11/6, 11/5, 11/7 (43m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) bt Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)                         11/6, 13/11, 11/4 (31m)

Round One, Tue 2nd:
Samantha Teran (Mex) bt Wee Wern Low (Mas )              11/9, 11/4, 12/10 (38m)
Line Hansen (Den) bt Orla Noom (Ned)                    11/13, 11/1, 11/2, 11/2 (33m)
Annelize Naude (Ned) bt Emma Beddoes (Eng)  11/7,4/11,12/10 10/12,11/7 (60m)
Lauren Briggs (Eng) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (Ned)     6/11, 11/8, 12/10, 11/3 (35m)
Laura Hill (Eng) bt Sarah Kippax (Eng)                       11/7, 11/8, 9/11, 11/6 (45m)
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng) bt Elise Ng (Hkg)            12/10, 11/5, 12/10 (36m)
Aisling Blake (Irl) bt Milou Van der Heijden (Ned)                11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (30m)
Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl) bt Laura Mylotte (Irl)                  11-8, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6 (35m)
1/4, 7/11, 11/6 (35m)

Pilley denies Dutch double

Natalie Grinham
avenged the defeat of her older sister Rachael, beating Alison Waters to reach her first Dutch Open final as a Dutch player, but Laurens Jan Anjema's attempt to make it a Dutch Double was derailed by Australian Cameron Pilley.

Grinham made a slow start in the first semi final, but once she got into her stride she always looked the likely winner against the British National Champion. In the final of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 she will face defending champion and world number one Nicol David, whose speed of movement and shot proved too much for Natalie Grainger, who twice came so close to taking a game but just fell short.

Dutch based Pilley also dropped the first game in his match against Anjema and found himself 6-3 down in the second game against the 3-times Dutch champion. The tall Aussie then proceeded to dictate the play against a tiring looking Anjema, despite the urging of the large crowd at the Frans Otten Stadion. After 81 minutes of high quality squash Pilley prevailed over his training partner to reach the final of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008.

His final opponent will be top seed Nick Matthew, who continued his return from injury against John White who, like Grainger, came close in two of the three games. The world number eight from England pulled back a 6-1 deficit against the hard hitting and entertaining ‘Whitey’ to clinch the opening game. In the next two games Matthew showed no signs of his shoulder injury as he romped home to a straight games victory over the Amsterdam crowd favourite.

So, one new name on the trophy is guaranteed tomorrow, and if the Dutch fans have their way, maybe two ...

Semi Finals

Waters Wipes Out World Champion In Amsterdam


England's Alison Waters produced the best win of her career when she upset Australia's world champion Rachael Grinham in straight games to reach the women's semi-finals of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam


It was the only upset on the second day of action in mainland Europe’s biggest squash tournament which ended with high entertainment and saw another seed stretched to the limit.


Waters, the recently-crowned British National champion from London, was in sparkling form as she despatched world number two Grinham 11-9, 11-6, 12-10 in 35 minutes in the quarter-finals of the $53,500 WISPA World Tour Gold championship.

"My hands are still shaking after that, it was getting very edgy at the end," the 24-year-old said immediately after coming off court.

"I thought I was so close to winning at 6-0 in the third, then I made a few errors to let her back into it but still got to 8-4 and I was thinking 'I can't lose this now', but she came back and then gave me those last two points," added the eighth seed who celebrated a career-high world No8 ranking this month. 

It was a surprisingly downbeat performance by the World Open champion from Queensland who arrived in Amsterdam fresh from victory in the last month's Alexandria Sporting Club Open in Egypt.


"I didn't feel I was properly there today, I wasn't able to focus well enough and was making wrong decisions," explained third seed Grinham.  "Even at the end I was able to rally more and get back into it by playing more defensively, then played those two stupid shots to lose it when I knew that type of shot wasn't working for me today.  It was clearly her day today."


There no such worries for Rachael's younger sister Natalie Grinham, however.  The second seed won her all-Dutch clash with Vanessa Atkinson, beating the former world champion 11-4, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5. 


Earlier, fourth seed Natalie Grainger, from the USA, brushed aside an out-of-sorts Jenny Duncalf, the fifth seed from England.


Defending champion Nicol David, the Amsterdam-based world number one from Malaysia, looked to be cruising to victory against Laura Lengthorn-Massaro - but the Englishwoman battled back to make it a very even contest as she levelled.  It took a good start in the fifth for the top seed to hold onto her title, ultimately needing exactly an hour to win 11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6.


In the men's $30,000 PSA Tour event, all the top seeds came through, including Dutch champion Laurens Jan Anjema, and Amsterdam favourite John White, who put on a fabulous late-night show with Miguel Angel Rodriguez - the sixth-seeded Colombian making his PSA Tour debut in Europe - to round off the day.


Earlier in the evening Anjema was made to work hard by Italian ace Davide Bianchetti before securing his place in the semi-finals, where he will face his training partner Cameron Pilley who recently moved to The Hague. The Australian overcame a shaky start to overcome Dutch number two Dylan Bennett in straight games.


Tournament favourite Nick Matthew secured a second comfortable win after a nine-month lay-off due to a shoulder operation. The Englishman proved too strong for South African Jesse Engelbrecht, romping home to a 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 win.


Matthew, the 28-year-old world number eight from Sheffield, will now take on 35-year old White for a spot in Sunday’s final.

Quarter Finals

Seeds safely through in Amsterdam

All the seeds progressed to the quarter-finals of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 on day one of main draw action at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam. It wasn't plain sailing for all of them though, with England's Laura Lengthorn-Massaro needing the full five games to quell Rebecca Chiu, and Jesse Engelbrecht taking it into extra points in his decider against Robin Clarke.

There was plenty of success for the hosts on the opening day of mainland Europe’s biggest tournament, with Laurens Jan Anjema, Vanessa Atkinson and Natalie Grinham winning comfortably enough, and Dylan Bennett put the Amsterdam faithful through the usual agoniser before winning through to a quarter final berth against Cameron Pilley. Anjema will face the experienced Italian Davide Bianchetti tomorrow, while Atkinson and Grinham face each other in a ‘Dutch
battle’, something that the newly Dutch player is looking forward to: “I train on this court so I know it well, and I've been training and playing really well lately so I felt good out there tonight. I know I can get a lot back so I can afford to play a lot short, like I was tonight, I enjoy playing that way. Vanessa and I have had a few battles over the years, and if she plays well she's very dangerous, so hopefully I'll play well and it will be another good battle", said the former Australian world number three.

The final matches of the day saw women's top seed Nicol David start the defense of her title with a four-game win over Isabelle Stoehr, and former Amsterdam favorite John White living up to his reputation as an entertaining hard-hitter as he and wildcard Piedro Schweertman gave the packed crowd an entertaining nightcap.



Forexx Dutch Open Boasts World Class Line-Up


Malaysia's world number one Nicol David and England's world number three James Willstrop head the strong fields in the Forexx Dutch Open Squash 2008 - boasting a total prize fund of US $83,500 - which will take place at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam from September 2-7.


The women’s draw is represented by the sport's best players - led by Amsterdam-based defending champion Nicol David, a double World Champion.  The 25-year old from Penang, who recently won both the Malaysian Open and the Singapore Masters, starts her Forexx Dutch Open campaign with a first round match against  Isabelle Stoehr from France, who scraped into the main draw after the late withdrawal of England's world number six Tania Bailey with a recurring knee injury.


David’s long time rival Natalie Grinham, the world number two, is seeded second in her first attempt to win a major WISPA tournament in the Netherlands as a Dutch player.  The former Australian, who has been competing under the Dutch flag since March this year, faces a qualifier in her opening match with the prospect of meeting her ‘new’ compatriot Vanessa Atkinson in the quarter finals.  The former world number one and World Champion also takes on a qualifier in the first round.  The third and fourth seeding positions are held by two previous world number ones, reigning World Champion Rachael Grinham from Australia and America’s Natalie Grainger.


Leading the men’s draw is the in-form James Willstrop.  The 25-year old Englishman, whose remarkable run of results during the end of 2007 and the first six months of 2008 saw him shoot up the rankings to his current position of number three, faces a qualifier in round one - and is scheduled to meet 18-year old Aamir Atlas Khan in the quarter finals.  The Pakistani, who finished runner-up at last month’s World Junior Championship, exploded onto the senior tour in the last twelve months and is drawn against wildcard Dutchman Piedro Schweertman in the first round.


Local interest in the men’s draw of the Forexx Dutch Open is led by current Dutch National Champion Laurens Jan Anjema.  The 25-year old, who is desperately seeking the open title, will have to do it the hard way though.  Anjema is seeded third and is drawn to meet the top seed James Willstrop in the semi-finals, but the number fifteen of the world must first overcome tough opposition to reach the last four. Anjema faces a qualifier in his first match and is scheduled to meet the hard-hitting and experienced former world number one ranked Scot John White.


English ace Nick Matthew makes a welcome return to international competition after a shoulder operation kept him off court for eight months.  The former British Open Champion and current world number seven plays South African’s Jesse Engelbrecht in his opening match.  If successful, Matthew will face either Dutch number two Dylan Bennett or seventh-seeded Columbian Miguel Angel Rodriguez in the quarter finals.


Tournament promoter Tommy Berden is excited by the support of the world's best players:  "We are very happy with the entries we secured.  Naturally we would have liked it better if Natalie (Grinham) and Vanessa (Atkinson) were drawn in opposite sides of the draw, but it ensures that home interest will be high from early on.


"There will be plenty of top matches from the start and we can look forward to an exciting week of squash," said the former four-time Dutch Champion and world number 22.




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