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12/11/2006
WOMEN'S MEERSQUASH OPEN
 

Swartz Swoops To Maiden WISPA Title at Meersquash Open

Tournament
Women's Meersquash Open,
Hoofddorp , Netherlands

Final:
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [3] Manuela Manetta (ITA) 9-4, 9-3, 9-5 (33m)

Semi-finals:
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [5] Elise Ng (HKG) 9-2, 9-4, 9-0 (27m)
[3] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt Margriet Huisman (NED) 9-4, 7-9, 9-6, 9-6 (57m)

Quarter-finals:
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [1] Louise Crome (NZL) 9-5, 9-2, 5-9, 3-9, 9-3 (58m)
[5] Elise Ng (HKG) bt [4] Aisling Blake (IRL) 6-9, 9-7, 9-2, 10-8 (55m)
[3] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [8] Daniela Schumann (GER) 9-4, 9-0, 9-7 (27m)
Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [2] Orla Noom (NED) 9-4, 4-9, 10-8, 6-9, 9-7 (63m)

1st round:
[1] Louise Crome (NZL) bt [Q] Emma Beddoes (ENG) 9-4, 9-7, 9-1 (32m)
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) bt [7] Lauren Siddall (ENG) 9-7, 5-9, 9-6, 10-8 (55m)
[4] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Milja Dorenbos (NED) 9-6, 10-8, 9-1 (41m)
[5] Elise Ng (HKG) bt Susannah King (ENG) 9-2, 9-1, 9-2 (20m)
[8] Daniela Schumann (GER) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED) 6-9, 9-3, 9-5, 9-2 (42m)
[3] Manuela Manetta (ITA) bt [Q] Melissa Meulenbelt (NED) 9-0, 10-8, 9-1 (29m)
Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [6] Charlie de Rycke (BEL) 9-5, 9-4, 9-3 (33m)
[2] Orla Noom (NED) bt Deon Saffery (ENG) 7-9, 9-3, 9-7, 7-9, 9-5 (60m)

Swartz Swoops To Maiden WISPA Title at Meersquash Open
In only her second appearance in a WISPA World Tour squash event, South African teenager Tenille Swartz has lifted her maiden title after beating Italy's Manuela Manetta in the final of the Women's Meersquash Open in Hoofddorp in northern Netherlands.

Swartz, a 19-year-old qualifier from Parys, made her breakthrough in the quarter-finals of this new event on the WISPA calendar when she beat top-seeded New Zealander Louis Crome to 9-5, 9-2, 5-9, 3-9, 9-3.

In the semi-finals, Swartz brushed aside Elise Ng, the No5 seed from Hong Kong, 9-2, 9-4, 9-0 in 27 minutes while third seed Manetta needed more than twice the time to see off local star Margriet Huisman 9-4, 7-9, 9-6, 9-6.

In the final, the South African controlled the tired-looking Manetta from start to finish with her fighting mentality and great drop shots. After 33 minutes of impressive squash, Tenille Swartz claimed the first tournament title of her career 9-4, 9-3, 9-5.

It was a victory which is sure to see the Dutch-based teenager, who is currently ranked 134 in the world, make her top 100 debut in the next WISPA world rankings.

Tenille Takes Out Top Seed In Meersquash Open
South African teenage squash star Tenille Swartz became the only qualifier to reach the semi-finals of the Women's Meersquash Open when she beat New Zealand 's top seed Louise Crome in a shock upset in the new WISPA World Tour event in Hoofddorp in northern Netherlands .

Competing in only her second WISPA event since relocating to the Netherlands, Swartz repelled a fight back from the higher-ranked New Zealander to win 9-5, 9-2, 5-9, 3-9, 9-3 in 58 minutes.

The 19-year-old South African champion from Parys now meets Hong Kong's Elise Ng, the fifth seed who upset Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake 6-9, 9-7, 9-2, 10-8.

A major domestic Dutch upset in the lower half of the draw saw unseeded Margriet Huisman overcome second seed Orla Noom 9-4, 4-9, 10-8, 6-9, 9-7 in 63 minutes.

The 22-year-old from Arnhem now faces Italy 's third seed Manuela Manetta, who beat Germany 's Daniela Schumann, the No8 seed, 9-4, 9-0, 9-7.

Semi-final line-up:
[Q] Tenille Swartz (RSA) v [5] Elise Ng (HKG)
Margriet Huisman (NED) v [3] Manuela Manetta (ITA)