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Savcor Finnish Open 2004
05-08 Mar, Sport Forum, Mikkeli, Finland, $6k 

08-Mar, FINAL:

[3] Tegwen Malik (Wal) bt [1] Annelize Naude (Ned)
      9/2, 9/5, 9/6

Malik Marches to Finnish Title

Juha Pekonen reports from Mikkeli

The Audience expected a tight final between these two players who had both played very good squash during the whole tournament.

The first game went quite easily to Malik while Naude was still feeling out how the match would develop .

In the second game Naude got a better touch to her game, but still it seemed that neither of the players had any weapons to use aqainst their opponent. Malik was able to make good shots from stable positions, finding time after moving to the ball. Naude started to make errors during the important moments and the game went to Malik.

In the second game Naude fell, and at first it seemed that she had hurt her knee, but after a few moments walking around it didn't seem to bother her afterwards. In the beginning of third game Naude tried to raise the tempo but Malik was able to carry on playing with her own tactics, dominating the court.

As the game went on it seemed that the match had been physically harder for Naude, allowing Malik to keep on shooting her powerful shots from good positions, and she finished off the game and the match.

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Savcor Finnish Open 2004
05-08 Mar, Mikkeli, Finland, $6k 
1st Round
Sat 6th
Sun 7th
Sun 7th
Mon 8th
[1] Annelize Naude (Ned)
9/0, 9/2, 9/0
Magriet Huisman (Ned)
Annelize Naude
9/7, 9/3, 9/0 (32m)
Lauren Briggs
Annelize Naude

9/1, 9/0, 9/1 (6m)

Amnah El Trabolsy

Annelize Naude

9/2, 9/5, 9/6

Tegwen Malik

[6] Lauren Briggs (Eng)
9/3, 9/5, 9/2
[Q] Charlie De Rycke (Bel)
[4] Vicky Lankester (Eng)
9/1, 9/2, 10/8
Hend Osama (Egy)
Vicky Lankester
5/9, 9/7, 8/10, 9/3, 9/6 (51m)
Amnah El Trabolsy
[5] Amnah El Trabolsy (Egy)
10/9, 9/6, 7/9, 9/0
[Q] Kirsty McPhee (Eng)
[Q] Nicolette Fernandez (Guy)
9/3, 9/0, 9/3
[8] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Sarah Kippax
9/1, 9/4, 9/2
Tegwen Malik
Tegwen Malik

9/3, 3/9, 9/3, 9/4 (46m)


Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)
9/2, 9/7, 9/4
[3] Tegwen Malik (Wal)
Orla Noom (Ned)
9/4, 9/4, 5/9, 8/10, 9/7
Katline Cauwels (Bel)
Katline Cauwels
9/1, 9/0, 9/3 (16m)
[Q] Elise Ng (Hkg)
9/1, 9/1, 9/1
[2] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)

Qualifying Finals:
Elise Ng (HKG) bt Riikka Piekäinen (FIN)  9/1, 9/2, 9/0
Charlie De Rycke (BEL) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED)  9/1, 9/3, 9/6
Kirsty McPhee (ENG)  bt Jutta Tuunanen (FIN)  9/1, 9/1, 9/0
Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Hanna Miestamo (FIN)  9/0, 9/2, 9/6

First Round:
Hanna Miestamo (FIN) bt Marianna Vanhanen (FIN)  9/2, 9/3, 9/6

07-Mar, Semis:
[1] Annelize Naude bt [5] Amnah El Trabolsy 9/1, 9/0, 9/1
[3] Tegwen Malik bt [2] Dominique L-Walter 9/3, 3/9, 9/3, 9/4

Naude & Malik in
Finnish Final

The Netherlands' top seed Annelize Naude will face Wales's third seed Tegwen Malik in the final of the Savcor Finnish Open in Mikkeli.

Naude cruised into the final with a six-minute victory over Egypt's third seed Amnah El Trabolsy. In the quarter-finals played earlier in the day the Egyptian recovered from 2/1 down to beat England's Vicky Lankester, but lacked motivation in the semi-final and made little effort, complaining of a sore back against the Dutch top seed who was clearly motivated to play.

The second semi-final provided much better entertainment for the crowd. The first two games were shared, but as the match went on Malik took control over second seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter, forcing the Englishwoman to cover much more of the court. In the end Lloyd-Walter had no energy left to challenge Malik, and the crowd provided prolonged applause for the efforts of both players.

Previous Finnish Finals:
2003:  [1] Salma Shabana (Egy) bt [6] Farrah Sterne (Rsa)  9/7, 9/7, 9/2
2002:  [5] Margo Green (CAN) bt [2] Sharon Wee (MAS)  9/3, 9/2, 3/9, 9/4


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