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Grinham Celebrates Maiden 'Dutch' Success In Paris

Des Pyramides 2009
29 Jun - 04 Jul, Port Marly, $27k
Round One
01 Jul
02 Jul
03 Jul
04 Jul
[1] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
11/2, 11/5, 8/11, 11/5 (36m)
[Q] Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
Natalie Grinham
11/3, 11/9, 11/3 (24m)
Tenille Swartz
Natalie Grinham
11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5 (59m)
Camille Serme
Natalie Grinham
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (34m)
Suzie Pierrepont 
[8] Tenille Swartz (Rsa)
11/8, 12/10, 6/11, 11/5 (43m)
Lauren Siddall (Eng)
[3] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
11/7, 11/9, 11/4 (38m)
Fiona Moverley (Eng)
Dom. Lloyd-Walter
 11/6, 11/6, 11/5 (32m)
Camille Serme
[7] Camille Serme (Fra)
11/5, 11/7, 11/2 (28m)
[Q] Sara El Noamany (Egy)
Laura Hill (Eng)
7/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/6 (55m)
[6] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Latasha Khan
13/11, 10/12, 11/7, 12/10 (64m)
Line Hansen
Latasha Khan
6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 (64m)
Suzie Pierrepont 
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
11/1, 11/3, 11/9 (27m)
[4] Line Hansen (Den)
[Q] Jenna Gates (Eng)
11/5, 11/3, 11/4 (22m)
[5] Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)
Suzie Pierrepont
11/7, 12/14, 11/8, 9/11,
11/7 (65mn)
Isabelle Stoehr
[Q] Maud Duplomb (Fra)
11/5, 8/11, 10/12, 11/8, 11/8 (57m)
[2] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)

Grinham Celebrates Maiden 'Dutch' Success In Paris


World number three Natalie Grinham clinched her first WISPA World Tour squash title since becoming a Dutch national when she beat Suzie Pierrepont in the final of the Women's Des Pyramides Open in the French capital Paris.


A record three-times gold medallist in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Australia - the country where she was born and raised - Grinham became a Dutch citizen last year after living in the Netherlands since 1999. 


But, while the 31-year-old former world number two reached five Tour finals last year - and clinched the European Squash Federation's European Individual Championship crown in May - WISPA title success had eluded Grinham until now.


Seeded one, Grinham reached the final of the $26,000 WISPA World Tour event at Squash Pyramides in Le Port Marly after beating seventh seed Camille Serme, thereby ending local interest in the championship.


Her opponent Suzie Pierrepont, the fifth seed from England, had claimed a surprise place in the climax after surviving two marathon battles in the previous two rounds - in the quarters upsetting French favourite Isabelle Stoehr, the No2 seed, in 65 minutes.


But the final was one match too far for the 24-year-old from Sussex as the experienced Grinham coasted to an 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 victory in 34 minutes.


The triumph marks the 13th Tour title of Grinham's career.


Pierrepont Powers To Pyramides Final


England's Suzie Pierrepont survived her second hour-long marathon in 24 hours in the Women's Des Pyramides Open in the French capital Paris to claim a surprise slot in the final of the $26,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Squash Pyramides in Le Port Marly.


The 24-year-old fifth seed from Sussex - now based in Philadelphia, USA - made her breakthrough in the previous round when she upset second-seeded local favourite Isabelle Stoehr in 65 minutes.


But Pierrepont, ranked 28 in the world, dug deep for the second time in the event to beat former US champion Latasha Khan - recovering from a game down to overcome the sixth seed 6-11, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9 in 64 minutes.


Now in the seventh Tour final of her career - but the biggest by a significant margin - Pierrepont will face her toughest test, against Dutch favourite Natalie Grinham.


The top seed from Almere faced rapidly improving French star Camille Serme, the seventh seed from Creteil who upset England's third seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter to make the last four.


Serme stretched the world No3 for almost an hour - but Grinham ultimately prevailed 11-6, 11-6, 11-13, 11-5 in 59 minutes to reach the 33rd WISPA final of her career.


Grinham Is Sole Seed Survivor At Squash Pyramides


After a day of upsets at the Women's Des Pyramides Open, Dutch favourite Natalie Grinham became the only top four seed to claim her anticipated place in the semi-finals of the $26,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Squash Pyramides in Le Port Marly in the French capital Paris.


The world No3 from Almere needed just 24 minutes to quash South African national champion Tenille Swartz, the eighth seed, 11-3, 11-9, 11-3.  But Grinham's next opponent will be seventh seed Camille Serme, the French national champion who crushed third seed Dominique Lloyd-Walter 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 avenging her loss to the English player in last year's event.


"I'm very happy to have taken my revenge on Dominique, as she beat me last year here, 3/2," Serme said afterwards.  "But on this occasion, I was able to impose my rhythm and to find some nice shots - even if some were a bit lucky sometimes.


"I will do my utmost best against Natalie tonight!"


England's Suzie Pierrepont caused the biggest casualty battling for 65 minutes to overcome the highest-ranked local player in the event, second seed Isabelle Stoehr


"It's so hot here - your skin feels like it's on fire on court:  Neither of us played that well," conceded fifth seed Pierrepont after her 11-7, 12-14, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7 victory.  "I've lost so many five-game matches this season, I was determined not to lose another one!"


The US-based 27-year-old now faces Latasha Khan after the sixth seed from the USA shocked Line Hansen, beating the fourth-seeded Dane 13-11, 10-12, 11-7, 12-10 in 64 minutes.


Stoehr Struggles In Pyramides Opener


France's Isabelle Stoehr made it through to the quarter-finals of the Women's Des Pyramides Open as expected but the second seed was taken the full distance by qualifier Maud Duplomb, and had to fight back from two-games-to-one down before overcoming her fellow countrywoman in the opening round of the $26,000 WISPA World Tour squash event at Squash Pyramides in Le Port Marly in the French capital Paris.


Stoehr's 11-5, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 11-8 win in 57 minutes takes the world No11 from Montpellier through to a clash with Suzie Pierrepont.  The fifth seed also had to fight off a compatriot but prevailed in just 22 minutes, beating fellow Englishwoman Jenna Gates, also a qualifier, 11-5, 11-3, 11-4.


Top seed Natalie Grinham was also tested in her first round match.  The newly-crowned European Individual Champion who is still looking for her maiden Tour title since becoming a Dutch national early last year needed four games to overcome Norwegian qualifier Lotte Eriksen 11-2, 11-5, 8-11, 11-5.


The newly-installed world number three will now face eighth seed Tenille Swartz for a place in the semi-finals.  Fresh from winning her fourth successive South African national title at the weekend, Swartz despatched England's Lauren Siddall 11-8, 12-10, 6-11, 11-5.