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27/09/2009
FORREX WOMEN'S WORLD OPEN
 

Nicol David Wins Fourth World Open Title




Forexx Women's World Open
Amsterdam, Holland

Round One
Wed 23rd
Round Two
Thu 24th
Quarters
Fri 25th
Semis
Sat 26th
Final
Sun 27th
[1] Nicol David (Mas)
11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (26m)
Orla Noom (Ned)

Nicol David
11-3, 11-5, 11-0 (23m)
Camille Serme
Nicol David
11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7 (57m)
Jenny Duncalf
Nicol David
4-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-7 (62m)
Alison Waters
Nicol David
3-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (51m)
Natalie Grinham
[9] Isabelle Stoehr (Fra)
11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-7 (46m)
Camille Serme (Fra)
[5] Jenny Duncalf (Eng)
11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
Delia Arnold (Mas)
Jenny Duncalf
11-9, 11-9, 11-8 (52m)
Engy Kheirallah
[14] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)
12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8 (76m)
Engy Kheirallah (Egy)
[4] Alison Waters (Eng)
11-6, 11-3, 11-4 (26m)
[Q] Sarah Kippax (Eng)
Alison Waters
10-12, 11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7 (58m)
Raneem El Weleily
Alison Waters
11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 11-2 (50m)
Madeline Perry
[16] Raneem El Weleily (Egy)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (16m)
[Q] Joshna Chinappa (Ind)
[7] Madeline Perry (Irl)
11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-5 (31m)
[Q] Latasha Khan (Usa)
Madeline Perry
11-8, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)
Rebecca Chiu
[13] Rebecca Chiu (Hkg)
2-11, 11-9, 11-3, 6-11, 11-6 (41m)
[Q] AmandaSobhy (Usa)
Suzie Pierrepont (Eng)
6-11, 11-0, 11-7, 11-7 (48m)
[15] Samantha Teran (Mex)
Samantha Teran
8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7 (33m)
Omneya Abdel Kawy
Omneya Abdel Kawy
(EGY) 6-11, 7-11, 11-1, 11-6, 11-8 (52m)
Rachael Grinham
Rachael Grinham
11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (37m)
Natalie Grinham
[Q] Nour El Tayeb (Egy)
11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4 (44m)
[6] Omneya Abdel Kawy (Egy)
Tania Bailey
12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5 (39m)
[11] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned)
Vanessa Atkinson
7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (50m)
Rachael Grinham
Dominique Lloyd-Walter (Eng)
11-5, 11-7, 11-4 (26m)
[3] Rachael Grinham (Ned)
[Q] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
8-11, 11-9, 11-2, 11-3 (36m)
[12] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (45m)
Laura Massaro
Laura Massaro
11-6, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
Natalie Grinham
[Q] Joey Chan (Hkg)
11-6, 11-6, 11-8 (28m)
[8] Laura Massaro (Eng)
[Q] Aisling Blake (Irl)
11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-1 (51m)
[10] Kasey Brown (Aus)
Kasey Brown
11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (26m)
Natalie Grinham
Lauren Briggs (Eng)
11-1, 11-3, 11-5 (21m)
[2] Natalie Grinham (Ned)

Qualifying finals:

Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Dipika Pallikal (IND)  11-5, 2-11, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10 (51m)

Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Victoria Lust (ENG)  16-18, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 (82m)

Latasha Khan (USA) bt Emma Beddoes (ENG)  8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8 (50m)

Joey Chan (HKG) bt Annelize Naude (NED)  6-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (33m)

Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Nour El Sherbini (EGY)  8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 (44m)

Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL)  11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9 (34m)

Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Low Wee Wern (MAS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Sharon Wee (MAS) 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (27m)

 

2nd qualifying round:

Sarah Kippax (ENG) bt Leonie Holt (ENG) 11-2, 11-6, 11-3 (21m)

Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8 (34m)

Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Alexandra Norman (CAN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-2 (28m)

Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Christina Mak (HKG) 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4 (39m)

Latasha Khan (USA) bt Melody Francis (AUS) 11-1, 11-5, 11-2 (21m)

Emma Beddoes (ENG) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (28m)

Annelize Naude (NED) bt Deon Saffery (WAL) 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 (19m)

Joey Chan (HKG) bt Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) 11-6, 11-9, 7-11, 12-10 (49m)

Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Alana Miller (CAN) 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (54m)

Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Celia Allamargot (FRA) 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (24m)

Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 5-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (45m)

Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Line Hansen (DEN) 11-6, 11-7, 11-4 (21m)

Low Wee Wern (MAS) bt Lauren Selby (ENG) 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)

Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 (26m)

Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Lauren Siddall (ENG) 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 6-0 ret. (38m)

Sharon Wee (MAS) bt Emma Chorley (ENG) 11-6, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 (39m)
 

1st qualifying round:

Leonie Holt (ENG) bt Olga Ertlova (CZE)                              12-10, 11-5, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6 (41m)

Dipika Pallikal (IND) bt Cecilie Mayer (DEN)                        11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (19m)

Alexandra Norman (CAN) bt Jenna Gates (ENG)                  11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-6 (35m)

Victoria Lust (ENG) bt Maud Duplomb (FRA)                        11-6, 10-12, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)

Melody Francis (AUS) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED)            11-6, 12-14, 11-4, 11-5 (33m)

Lucie Fialova (CZE) bt Milja Dorenbos (NED)                       11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (20m)

Deon Saffery (WAL) bt Linda Hruzikova (SVK)                      11-9, 12-10, 11-3 (26m)

Nicolette Fernandes (GUY) bt Adel Weir (RSA)                    11-7, 12-10, 11-6 (29m)

Nour El Sherbini (EGY) bt Fiona Moverley (ENG)                 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 (26m)

Celia Allamargot (FRA) bt Milou van der Heijden (NED)     7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 (40m)

Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt Margriet Huisman (NED)                  11-9, 11-6, 14-16, 11-1 (40m)

Amanda Sobhy (USA) bt Birgit Coufal (AUT)                         8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (27m)

Lauren Selby (ENG) bt Anna-Carin Forstadius (SWE)            8-11, 11-2, 11-9, 11-4 (39m)

Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy (EGY) bt Karina Heredia Gonzalez (MEX)   11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (15m)

Nour El Tayeb (EGY) bt Soraya Renai (FRA)                          11-2, 11-3, 11-2 (13m)

Emma Chorley (ENG) bt Lotte Eriksen (NOR)                       11-9, 11-6, 13-11 (32m)
 

 

Free Forexx Women’s World Open Streaming Expects Record Viewers

 

Promoters of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 in the Netherlands are anticipating a record-breaking audience for the final stages of the sport's premier women's championship following the provision of a free webstreaming service.

 

In a deal struck between event promoters NextSquash and LiveSquash.tv, free webstreaming from the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam is available via a link on the tournament website www.womensworldopen.com

 

Squash enthusiasts who cannot be in Amsterdam can watch all the matches, which are being webcast by the team from Horizon.

 

"With all of the world's top players in action here, from all corners of the globe, it's no surprise that we are already experiencing significant viewing figures - and we anticipate record numbers of viewers to watch the matches live on our website over the final weekend of the event," said event promoter Tommy Berden.

 

More information about the championship can be found on the official tournament website www.womensworldopen.com

 

pictures courtesy of Squashpics.com

 

Nicol David Wins Fourth World Open Title

 

Defending champion Nicol David destroyed Dutch dreams of local success in the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 when she beat Netherlands number one Natalie Grinham in the final of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

 

The Amsterdam-based Malaysian now becomes only the third player in the history of the championships to win four titles, alongside Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald and New Zealander Susan Devoy.

 

But it was second seed Natalie Grinham, showing the form of her life in these championships, who set the early pace in the 30th international meeting of their career - dropping just three points en-route to taking the first game. 

 

Midway through the second game, it was again Grinham who looked to be heading to victory - a win which would have been her first over the long-time world number one since April 2007, and one which would have reduced the 22-7 head-to-head lead that Nicol had as the pair took to the court.

 

But the balance of play swung towards the favourite at 7-6 up in the second:  David won the next four points to draw level, and soon established a 7-1 lead in the third.

 

Grinham, the former Australian who became a Dutch national last year, snatched a further two points before David again rattled off four points in a row to lead 2/1.

 

Thought by many to be hot favourite to win the title for the first time in her fourth final, Grinham established leads of 4-1, 6-3 and 8-6 in the fourth game - but a determined David just didn't give up.

 

Two lengthy and crucial rallies saw the score move to eight-all - then two winners from David followed by a miss-hit by Grinham took David to match-ball at 10-8.

 

Seconds later, referee Chris Sinclair awarded the Malaysian a stroke - and Nicol David raised her arms in delight and relief to celebrate her astonishing 3-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 title triumph after 51 minutes.

 

"I knew it was going to be tough - I felt those eight-all and nine-all points were so crucial," said the new champion, former winner of the crown in 2005, 2006 and 2008. 

 

"I needed that second game.  After she won the first, I just didn't want her to get any more confidence.

 

"I just knew that the rallies would go on and on."

 

Nicol David, the 26-year-old from Penang who this month became the third longest holder of the world number one ranking of all-time, arrived in Amsterdam with her invincibility slightly shattered after losing in the quarter-finals of the British Open.

 

"To come back from last week and win my fourth world title means a lot to me," added David.

 

"I'm so happy.  I just don't know what to say."

 

Natalie Grinham was clearly devastated by the defeat:  "I'm still thinking about the game," said the 31-year-old from Almere shortly afterwards.  "I wish there was more to play.

 

"When I think of how sick I was at the start of the year, being able to get a silver medal in the worlds is a great achievement in a way - I’m really delighted to be competing again at such a high level.

 

"But I’ve been second three times already, and I didn’t come here to be second again, so of course I'm disappointed.

 

"I thought I was definitely up there." 

 

Natalie Delights Dutch Fans By Reaching World Open Final

 

Dutch number one Natalie Grinham delighted organisers and local fans by reaching the final of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 in the Netherlands.  The 31-year-old from Almere recovered from a game down to beat her Australian sister Rachael Grinham in the semi-finals of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

 

In the much-hoped-for final, Grinham junior will meet defending champion Nicol David, after the Amsterdam-based world number one edged out England's Alison Waters in a closely-contested 62-minute battle in which the Malaysian also came back from a game behind.

 

Natalie Grinham, the world No3, is in the form of her life - and reached the semi-finals of the sport's premier women's event without dropping a game.  But older sister Rachael, ranked one place below, took her place in the last four after surviving two demanding five-game encounters - in both cases fighting back from two games down.

 

But it was Grinham senior who took the early advantage, winning the first game after both players had game-balls.

 

Natalie turned on the style which produced the earlier 3/0 victories, however, and reasserted her authority on the match, ultimately coming through to win 11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-4 in 37 minutes.  The success takes Natalie to the final for the fourth time since 2004.

 

"That must be the best thing ever - to be in the final of the World Open in your home country, surely?" said the event master of ceremonies to the winner immediately after the match.

 

"The only thing that would have been better would be to have met Rachael in the final tomorrow," responded Natalie, who lost to her sibling in the climax of the 2007 World Open in Madrid.

 

"I have the hardest time playing her - what do I do with the ball?  She's a very unorthodox player so I don't know what she's going to do - she's always tricky," continued Grinham junior, the No2 seed.

 

"If I hadn't taken the second game, it would have been very difficult.  I knew in the end she would tire - I knew I really had to push her - and I was feeling good physically.

 

"It's all about being focussed throughout the game - and in the first game it wasn't working!"

 

Would she watch the next semi-final, between event favourite Nicol David and fourth seed Alison Waters, asked the assembled media pack?  "I might watch their game - but it's not going to change my game-plan."

 

It was the first defeat in eight matches for Rachael Grinham who arrived in Amsterdam fresh from winning the British Open crown for the fourth time.

 

"I didn’t feel too bad to start with, and she made a few unforced errors in the beginning then relaxed a bit.  After each rally, I was trying very hard to focus, to get my thoughts together, but it had been a long time since I had been in a final, and last week was pretty big for me, playing for the British Open title, and then this week, a couple of long five setters," said the 32-year-old Queenslander.

 

"I felt alright physically, but mentally, last week took a lot out of me probably.

 

"And it didn’t help I was playing against Natalie today, because against anybody else, I don’t know.  I was trying to focus, but you make a few wrong shot choices, and you end up losing rally after rally."

 

Nicol David, the firm favourite who is bidding to become only the third player in history to win the title four times, was on the defensive from the outset as Waters harried the top seed and took the opening game for the loss of just four points.

 

Normal service was resumed in the second as David came back - but the third game was a real battle as the Londoner's confidence grew and Waters made the Malaysian run to all corners of the court.

 

Waters was the first to reach game ball at 10-9 - and two more went to the English underdog.  But it was David who ultimately prevailed 15-13 - and in the hard-fought fourth it was the 26-year-old from Penang who reached match-ball first, with final success at the second attempt.

 

"She was so quick," said a jubilant David after her 4-11, 11-6, 15-13, 11-7 victory.  "She's had some good result against the other girls and is clearly getting belief in herself - she just went for it!

 

"But I really wanted it badly," added the game's dominant force for the past three years - who lost her British Open crown last week.  "I had to be really solid in my length - she's so dangerous.

 

"That's what squash is all about - just hanging in there.  I didn't want to let go.

 

"I'm very pleased to win," said Nicol, now in the 55th Tour final of her career."

 

When asked about the final against the Dutch number one, David replied:  "We have always had good games.  It's going to be all-out tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to it!"

 

Waters acknowledged that the match hinged on the third game:  "I could have done with the third.  That was the crucial one.

 

"I felt I had a chance.  Maybe next time.

 

"I matched her all the way - it could have gone either way.  It gives you the belief that the next time you could do it," added the 25-year-old world No5.

 

Grinham Sisters Set Up Dream World Open Semi

 

Sisters Rachael and Natalie Grinham will meet in a dream semi-final of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 after surviving contrasting quarter-finals in the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

 

Amsterdam-based favourite Nicol David, the defending champion from Malaysia, will take on England's Alison Waters, the No4 seed, in the other semi-final.

 

Dutch squash star Natalie Grinham was in dazzling form in the opening match when she despatched England's world No9 Laura Massaro in straight games to ensure local interest in the last four of the sport's premier women's event in the Netherlands capital.

 

Beaten by the 25-year-old from Lancashire in their previous two meetings, second seed Grinham was on top of her game as she powered to an 11-6, 11-4, 11-6 victory in 30 minutes.

 

"I thought I played well," said the younger Grinham, a former Australian who became a Netherlands national last year after marrying three-time Dutch national champion Tommy Berden, now the promoter of the 2009 World Open.

 

"Laura's a really good player - but maybe she didn't play as well as she could.  I just hope I can keep that kind of focus - I didn't do much wrong.

 

"I want to win 3/0 whoever I play - I'll do whatever it takes," explained the world No3, who has been the event's runner-up three times since 2004.

 

When asked about the role she plays in helping her husband run the event, she replied:  "I kind of dictate to him what he ought to do.  He's done a good job, I can't complain!"

 

Massaro, who reached a career-high world No7 earlier this year, was stunned by her defeat:  "She was way too good for me today - it was pretty flawless.  I feel that if she'd been slightly off, I could have taken it - but she wasn't.  I couldn't play the way I wanted to.

 

"That's definitely the best she's ever played against me - and I'm not playing poorly.  In fact I don't think I've been beaten 3/0 for a long time."

 

Next on court was older sister Rachael (Left), the top-ranked Australian who arrived in Amsterdam fresh from winning the British Open crown for the fourth time.

 

The third-seeded world No4 faced Egypt's Omneya Abdel Kawy, the No6 seed - and for the second time in 24 hours dropped the first two games. 

 

But after transforming her game, and playing a succession of lob shots which ultimately wore down the 24-year-old from Cairo, Grinham celebrated a popular 6-11, 7-11, 11-1, 11-6, 11-8 win in 52 minutes.

 

Asked to comment on the much-hoped-for semi-final line-up against her sister - which would be the pair's 24th international clash - Rachael said:  "It's good that one of us will get to the final - and at least I can relax, and if I lose it's not too bad.

 

"It looks as if she's in the best form she's ever been in!"

 

Commenting on the match, the 2007 world champion added:  "My lobs got better and better - and as they went on, she was tiring, it was wearing her down, and she was making errors.

 

"She always wants to attack if you put it short - she's always on the T, or a bit in front of it, so it's better to keep her at the back."

 

It was an almost inconsolable Abdel Kawy that later commented on her defeat:  "I don't know what happened in the third - I was winning easily in the first two and in the third I was trying not to think too much.  Then I went blank - I couldn't think, or play.

 

"In the fourth she got more confident.  In the fifth, there was only a point between us, but I was leading.  I was rushing to win and she was playing the right game against me - lobbing the ball.  I still think I played well - it's more about confidence, and not thinking about the fact that it's the World Open and the chance of getting to the semi-finals," added the former world junior champion.

 

"But I wish her all the luck tomorrow.  When you lose, you learn something.  But it's hard."

 

England's Alison Waters avenged a defeat by fellow Briton Madeline Perry in last week's British Open to claim a place in the semi-finals for the first time in her career.

 

The 25-year-old world number five, seeded four, confidently took the first two games and had a match ball in the third before seventh seed Perry took the game to reduce the deficit.

 

But Waters came back even stronger - dropping just two points in the fourth to record an 11-5, 11-8, 11-13, 11-2 victory in 50 minutes.

 

"Madeline did really well in the third, but I got a good start in the fourth," said the Londoner.  "I hoped the third might have taken it out of her.

 

"I feel good about beating her - especially after last week.  I watched the video of that match, and it really helped me.  I had a game-plan and stuck to it.

 

"I was really determined to do well today."

 

Perry, who reached the British Open final last week for the first time, admitted that was disappointed with her start - and acknowledged that she had also watched a video of their British Open clash.

 

"But it didn't do me any good," said the 32-year-old from Banbridge, near Belfast.

 

In tomorrow's other semi-final, Waters will face Nicol David after the world number one from Malaysia beat England's Jenny Duncalf - recovering from the loss of the second game, and a 2-6 deficit in the third, to win 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7.

 

Incredibly, it was the longest match of the day - and Duncalf, who entered the court 16-0 down on their career head-to-head tally, kept the Malaysian star on court for 57 minutes.

 

David - who this month began her 41st month as world number one, thus becoming the third longest holder of the position in history - suffered a shock quarter-final defeat in last week's British Open, and is clearly keen to put this behind her and win her fourth world title in five years.

 

"I knew she'd come up strong tonight - I had to play my best game to beat her," said 26-year-old David.  "I knew I had to keep pushing all the way through.

 

"When you're 6-2 down, you have to make sure you don't let your opponent get any further.  I'm really pleased with my game to come back and win 3/1.

 

"What happened last week made a difference in this match.  That game will definitely spur me on in tomorrow's semi-final."

 

Duncalf, the reigning British national champion ranked six in the world, was unable to explain what happened in the third game:  "I felt good for the first two and a half games.  I can't remember thinking 'I'm 6-2 up'.

 

"But the lights went out.  I don't know how to explain that," said the downcast 26-year-old from Harrogate in Yorkshire. 

 

"Nicol's a great player - but I felt I matched her for a lot of the match, and that gives me a lot of confidence.

 

Natalie Grinham Takes Dutch Interest Into World Open Quarters

 

Dutch number one Natalie Grinham ensured domestic interest in the quarter-finals of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 when she beat former compatriot Kasey Brown in straight games in the second round of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.

 

And the Almere star looked likely to be joined in the last eight by fellow countrywoman Vanessa Atkinson when the 11 times Dutch national champion took a surprise two-game lead over Natalie's older sister Rachael Grinham, the third seed who represents Australia. 

 

But Grinham senior denied the hosts the first ever appearance of two Dutch players in the world quarter-finals when she battled back to beat Atkinson 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3.

 

Natalie Grinham moved one step closer to her fourth appearance in a World Open final - as suggested by the seedings - when she beat Brown 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 in 26 minutes. 

 

But Australian-born Grinham, the world number three who became a Dutch citizen early last year, had to fight back from 1-5 and 5-7 down in the second game before overcoming the world No11 from New South Wales.

 

"I'm happy that I won today," said the 31-year-old from Almere who was runner-up in the event in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

 

Grinham is fighting back after suffering with whopping cough for three months at the beginning of the year.  "I feel that I'm fitter now than I was two years ago, when I reached the World Open final in Madrid.  I'm under a bit of pressure with the expectations on me to do well here - but I do well when there's a bit of pressure.

 

"I was a little bit nervous in the second game when she started picking up the pace."

 

Grinham now meets England's No8 seed Laura Massaro for a place in the semi-finals:  "Every match is a new match, I don't think of previous meetings," said the Dutch hope when reminded that the English player won their two most recent meetings - when Grinham was less than 100%.

 

Rachael Grinham arrived in Amsterdam fresh from winning the British Open title last week - for the fourth time.  But the 32-year-old world No4, a former world champion, was outplayed for the first two games as Atkinson - also a winner of the event, in 2004 - took control.

 

Grinham senior changed her tactics and began to assert her authority on the match - ultimately clinching a 7-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 victory after 50 minutes.

 

"I've had a lot of matches with Vanessa in the past.  You never what's going to happen - when she's on form, she's really good," exclaimed a relieved Grinham after her biggest test in the event. 

 

"I felt I played all right - but I was outplayed in the first two games.  But coming back from 2/0 down is another big boost for me.

 

"Perhaps I was just trying too hard in the first two games - I had to go back to basics in the third and just hit a decent length," explained the Queenslander.

 

"I've obviously peaked," confessed Grinham.  "But I do feel I'm capable of winning matches against the top girls."

 

Atkinson admitted she was disappointed, but pleased with the way she played:  "In patches, I felt as if I played as well as I ever have," said the former world number one who is combining playing on the Tour with studying for an English Literature degree at Leeds Metropolitan University in England.

 

"It's given me a new lease of life.  I was struggling with motivation before and now I'm happy just to be able to compete at this level - I'm not too worried about the results."

 

At the end of the night, world number one Nicol David sauntered into the last eight, beating unseeded French player Camille Serme 11-3, 11-5, 11-0.

 

Since last playing the Malaysian three years ago in the World Team Championship, Serme made rapid progress through the junior ranks - winning the European Junior crown a record three times - and reaching 18 in the world.

 

"Maybe that's why I expected to do better," said the downcast 20-year-old.  "She's far too good for me at the back of the court - and I made too many mistakes."

 

England team-mates Laura Massaro and Jenny Duncalf earned early places in the last eight in the afternoon session.  Massaro, the No8 seed from Preston in Lancashire, recovered from a game down against Annie Au to beat the tricky Hong Kong left-hander 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9.

 

"It was tough - she plays a bit differently to the other girls, she doesn't let you get into any rhythm," said Massaro, the world No9.  "She's difficult to read - she's a left-hander, and there are so few of them.  Anything short and she puts it away.  I don't feel I played that well - I'm just happy to be through."

 

Duncalf extended her winning run against Engy Kheirallah when she beat the unseeded Egyptian 11-9, 11-9, 11-8.  The 26-year-old British National champion from Harrogate had to come from behind in all the games before overcoming Kheirallah, the Cairo-based former world No12 who upset 14th seed Jaclyn Hawkes to reach the last sixteen.

 

"I'm happy to win in three - Engy's a good player.  It's all going well here so far," added the fifth seed who reached the semi-finals last year.

 

There was further British success when Ireland's Madeline Perry despatched Rebecca Chiu, the 13th seed from Hong Kong, 11-8, 11-4, 11-5 in just 24 minutes to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth time since 2005. 

 

Only a week ago, the 32-year-old from Banbridge, near Belfast, became the first Northern Ireland woman to reach a British Open final.  And the No7 seed was 4-5 down on the career head-to-head count with Chiu before they walked onto the all-glass Amsterdam show court.

 

"I'm glad to even the score.  I was a bit nervous really, after doing well last week.  But I was happier with today's performance than yesterday's - I was more focussed."

 

Perry's historic British Open performance led to considerable media coverage back home:  "It's nice to get some recognition for your achievements - but I've given up on being famous!"

 

Egypt's former world junior champion Omneya Abdel Kawy secured a place in the last eight of the World Open for the fifth year in a row after defeating Mexican Samantha Teran, the 15th seed, 8-11, 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.

 

"It's good to be in the quarter-finals of the World Open for the fifth time - but I hope it will be my first time in the semis, so I'm looking forward to my match tomorrow," said the sixth seed from Cairo. 

 

"I've always had a tough draw in the worlds - I've lost three times to Nicol - so I'm glad if I play Rachael as our results are closer.  Whoever I play, I'll chill out for the rest of the day, then work out a plan with my coach tomorrow. 

 

"I feel I'm still improving - I'm still young, you know," exclaimed the 24-year-old world No7.  "I'm working on some stuff and hopefully it will work.  I feel I am consistent.  I've been around the lower half of the top ten for a long time now - but I need one more step.  I need a change."

 

Grinhams Cruise Into World Open Last Sixteen In Amsterdam

 

Dutch number one Natalie Grinham cruised into the second round of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 when she beat England's Lauren Briggs in straight games in the first round of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.

 

And, little more than half an hour later, the world number two from Almere was joined in the last sixteen by her elder sister Rachael Grinham, the world number four representing Australia who also despatched an English opponent without dropping a game.

 

Natalie Grinham has been counting down the days to her first appearance in the 2009 world championship ever since husband Tommy Berden and his company NextSquash first agreed to stage the sport's premier tournament more than two years ago.

 

The former Australian was delighted with her performance on the all-glass show court, romping to an 11-1, 11-3, 11-5 victory over Briggs, ranked 21 in the world, in just 21 minutes.

 

"I'm happy with the way I played - I got off quickly and was glad to close it in three.  I felt I was really focussed out there," said a beaming Grinham junior afterwards.

 

"It's good to get the tournament finally started - I've been living with this for ages now with Tommy.

 

"I'm feeling good and I hope I can continue to be focussed every day.  I suppose there's slight pressure on me as the Dutch number one, but I do well with a bit of pressure.  It's nice to have an event as big as this where I live - and hopefully I can do well in front of the home crowd."

 

Rachael Grinham, who last week won the British Open title for a fourth time, was next on court - facing Dominique Lloyd-Walter, the world No19 from England who stretched the Australian to five games in the first round in Manchester. 

 

But this time, third seed Grinham was playing on the all-glass court - a world apart from the conventional club plaster court that her British Open clash had been staged on. 

 

"I think I was more pumped tonight than when I played Dom last week - and the atmosphere in the arena tonight helped," said Grinham after her 11-5, 11-7, 11-4 victory in 26 minutes.

 

"I knew it was important to get a good start tonight, play my shots and take her forward - and thankfully it worked. 

 

"Our parents are here too - it's the first time they've seen us play in Europe - so that adds a little pressure as you want to put in a good performance. 

 

"Winning the British Open last week has given me a bit of confidence - I'm in good shape at the moment.  I've tended to be too edgy recently, but that's mostly behind me now," Grinham senior concluded.

 

Vanessa Atkinson, an 11-times Dutch national champion, strengthened local interest in the last sixteen when she beat England's Tania Bailey 12-10, 8-11, 11-5, 11-5.  It was another repeat of a British Open clash - and again the Dutch star, seeded 11, maintained the upper hand over Bailey, a former world No4, to record a comfortable win.

 

"She's amazing - she's like a war-horse, she keeps coming back," said the former world champion who is originally from The Hague, but now living in Leeds in the UK.  "Tania was so much stronger than she was last week - she's so gutsy."

 

Bailey is on a comeback trail after undergoing knee surgery in May.  "Her current world ranking of 22 doesn't reflect Tania's true status.  She was definitely the one in the draw that nobody in the top 16 wanted to meet," added Atkinson.

 

"It was a good start to get into the tournament - I'm glad it didn't go to five."

 

There were two notable upsets earlier in the day when France's Camille Serme and Egypt's Engy Kheirallah both removed seeded opponents.

 

Kheirallah, (left) a former world No12 now ranked 23, battled for 76 minutes to oust New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes, the 14th seed, 12-10, 11-7, 11-13, 11-8.

 

It was the 27-year-old's best performance since clinching the decider when Egypt shocked England in the world team championship final last December. 

 

"I'm so happy to win - she's a great retriever and she's tall so it's hard to play her.  It's my best result since the world teams," admitted the Cairo-based Egyptian.

 

"I haven't been doing extremely hard training since the worlds.  I live in Cairo now, and it's hard without your coach and your club team-mates (in Alexandria).  But I play really well in training - the problem is in my head.  I needed to win one tough match - and this was it. 

 

"I don't care about the rankings - I used to think about them too much, and look at where I was and who was above me.  But all it did was put pressure on me.  Now I go to a tournament and, win or lose, it doesn't matter.  I've beaten players in the top ten before, so I know I can do it," added Kheirallah.

 

Camille Serme (right) achieved her first win over Isabelle Stoehr in this year's French national championship final - and recorded the first WISPA Tour victory over her compatriot today, beating the No9 seed 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-7 in 46 minutes.

 

"It's a shame we played in the first round together - but it's the worlds and I wanted to win," said Serme, the 20-year-old world No18 from Creteil.  "I didn't think about it being all-French, I just wanted to play my best. 

 

"When I was coming back in the second, I thought I should make a big push to win it as that would be tough mentally for her.  I didn't do it, so I just told myself to forget about it and come out fighting for the next game."

 

A disconsolate Stoehr, ranked 12 in the world, admitted that her younger compatriot deserved to win:  "She was better today, she's confident.  I don't have the fighting spirit anymore - and I'm trying to deal with this.  Camille is good for French women's squash - it's good to have someone pushing me in France.  She has more fight in her," conceded the 30-year-old, winner of a record 11 national titles.

 

There was double Dutch interest in the final match of the day when defending champion Nicol David, the Amsterdam-based defending champion from Malaysia, beat the Dutch number four Orla Noom 11-6, 11-4, 11-6.

 

It was morale-boosting win for the world number one who suffered a rare quarter-final defeat in last week's British Open.

 

"After losing like that, you have to put it behind you and work on what you have to do - and go for it," said the top seed after her straightforward victory.  "I knew I had to make sure I played a solid game.

 

"It's nice to be here in Amsterdam, with the feel of a local crowd.  It gives you an extra boost," added the favourite. 

 

Mexico's Samantha Teran is another player who credits Amsterdam for boosting her game.  The 15th seed from Mexico City survived a close battle against England's Suzie Pierrepont, winning 6-11, 11-0, 11-7, 11-7 in 48 minutes.

 

"That was very tough.  Suzie is very difficult - she's very tall and very strong, and she hits the ball well," said Teran.  "But I'm happy to win - I did what I needed to do.  Winning the second game 11-0 gave me confidence, and took it away from her. 

 

"I've been away from Mexico for more than two months - longer than ever before - and been based here in Amsterdam for the past five weeks.  I like being here, where I can play with top players like Nicol (David) and Aisling (Blake) and train with Liz Irving.  I wanted to win today so that I can play on the all-glass court tomorrow.  And it's great, too, that my parents arrived here yesterday."

 

Chan Chases Down Naude In World Open Qualifiers

 

Joey Chan, a 21-year-old from Hong Kong, disappointed Dutch fans in the last match in the qualifying finals of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 when she beat Annelize Naude to deny the local hope a place in the main draw of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.

 

"I'm disappointed it's all over now - I so wanted to play tomorrow," said the 32-year-old world No34 from Amsterdam.  "She changed her game, and I didn't respond.  All credit to her."

 

Chan, ranked three places lower, was delighted to have beaten Naude for the first time.  "I really didn't see the ball well in the first game - but by the second game I had got used to her game," said the left-hander.

 

When asked if she found it difficult to play against not only the opponent, but the partisan crowd, Chan said:  "I ignored the crowd - I needed to concentrate on the match."

 

Egyptian schoolgirl Nour El Tayeb became the first player to earn a place in the main draw as a qualifier after a convincing 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 win over higher-ranked Malaysian Sharon Wee, a former world No18. 

 

The 16-year-old from Cairo, ranked 64 in the world, built up commanding leads in the first two games, then battled back from 6/8 down in the third to overcome the world No29 in 27 minutes.

 

"I'm so happy, I don't know what to say," said the excited youngster on the eve of making her maiden appearance in the sport's premier event.

 

"Beating Sharon is great - I'd never played her before, but I know how good she is, she plays with so much touch.  All my training for this has paid off."

 

When asked if she had any preference on her opponent in the main draw, El Tayeb replied:  "Anyone would be fine.  I'm in the World Open - it's a dream!

 

Donna Urquhart boosted Australian interest in the main draw by 50% when she beat 19-year-old Malaysian Low Wee Wern 11-5, 11-8, 11-3.

 

The 22-year-old from New South Wales was continuing the good form she showed in last week's British Open in Manchester where she reached the quarter-finals as a qualifier. 

 

"My length was good for at the start, but it dropped off - it's hard to play at that intensity," said the left-hander, ranked 31 in the world.

 

"I didn't expect to win in three, so that's a real bonus - especially after having such a good week last week.  I was hoping it wasn't going to be a one-off!

 

"Yes, life is good at the moment," admitted Urquhart.

 

In one of the standout matches of the day on the three-sided-glass-walled show court at the Frans Otten Stadion, Joshna Chinappa beat Egypt's world junior champion Nour El Sherbini to become the first Indian to reach the main draw in the 30-year history of the World Open. 

 

The 23-year-old from Chennai took on the event's most-talked-about star - El Sherbini, the 13-year-old giant-killer who was one step away from becoming the youngest ever player to make the first round.

 

Belying her tender age, the Egyptian twice led in the match - and saved two match-balls in the fifth game decider before Chinappa's supremacy shone through as the world No35 claimed her historic 8-11, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8, 11-8 victory after 44 minutes.

 

"I wanted to end it quickly as I tend to get a little shaky when I'm at match ball like I was, at 10-6," said Chinappa afterwards.

 

"It's a good feeling to be India's first player in the World Open - especially as I got so close last year and missed out.

 

"Nour was one of the really good qualifiers in my section - she's a good player and I was on my guard:  I had to play well.

 

"To make the main draw is really great - but I don't want to rest here, I want to go further.  I'm not really fully satisfied."

 

Amanda Sobhy became the second 16-year-old to qualify - and the lowest-ranked player to survive - when she beat New Zealander Kylie Lindsay 11-9, 12-10, 5-11, 11-9.

 

The New York schoolgirl was relieved to notch up her notable win:  "It could have gone either way - luckily I pulled it off.

 

"I'm glad I had my fitness.  I've been working on speed and agility with my new trainer Jeff Telvi for the past two weeks - and it paid off!"

 

Asked how qualifying for the World Open rated amongst her life-time achievements, Sobhy replied:  "It's up there at the top!"

 

The youngster becomes one of only a handful of Americans who have competed in the event:  "You'll see lots of me and my sister Sabrina (aged 12) in the years to come.  We'll be the next Grinham sisters."

 

Sobhy, a pupil at North Shore High School, has had to take time off from her studies to compete in the event:  "I try and manage my schedule so I don't miss out my studies.  I've brought all my books with me!"

 

The longest route into the main draw was negotiated by Aisling Blake, the world No27 from Ireland who fought back from two games down to overcome English outsider Victoria Lust in 82 minutes - the longest match of the tournament so far.

 

Lust, the 20-year-old world No53 from Cheltenham, saved two games balls to take the first game, then led throughout the next to move 2/0 ahead.   Just two points away from a sensational upset in the third game, Lust began to lose her momentum as the experienced Blake came back, eventually winning 16-18, 8-11, 11-9, 12-10, 11-8.

 

"We've played each other before and it was much more comfortable then - but she's really improved a lot since," said Blake, from Sligo, but based in Amsterdam.  "I knew she'd had some good results and that it would be tough - I didn't underestimate her.

 

"And it's nice to win a five-setter - I haven't done that for a long time," added Blake, now in her third World Open.

 

"That's one back for the oldies, for sure," said the 28-year-old, reacting to a comment about the earlier wins by two 16-year-olds.

 

Sarah Kippax, the world No24 and highest-ranked player in the qualifiers, was taken the full distance by India's rising star Dipika Pallikal, the world No54 from Chennai who celebrated her 18th birthday 24 hours earlier.  Kippax twice led, but the teenager battled back both times - in the second game dropping just two points.

 

Pallikal led 7-3 in the decider, but a collection of wayward shots helped Kippax to climb ahead.  The youngster saved two match-balls before Kippax eventually clinched her 11-5, 2-11, 11-8, 10-12, 12-10 win in 51 minutes.

 

"I just couldn't seem to settle, the whole match," admitted the victorious 26-year-old from Halifax in Yorkshire.  "To be honest, I'm not sure I deserved to win - but you've got to take your luck.

 

"I've never played her before, and found her quite hard to play against.

 

"But it's excellent to be in the main draw again.  And I think it's good to have had a five-setter - now there's no pressure on me in the first round," concluded Kippax.

 

A second American player joined the group of players earning places in the main draw as qualifiers when experienced seven-time US champion Latasha Khan beat England's Emma Beddoes 8-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8.  Kahn, ranked 28 in the world, led 9-2 in the fourth game when the 24-year-old world No36 fought back to reduce the deficit to two points.

 

But Kahn clinched victory after 50 minutes to earn her tenth appearance in the World Open since 1999.

 

"I'm so pleased to get through, particularly because promoter Tommy Berden and his wife Natalie Grinham are really good friends and have put so much effort into this tournament.  I'm really pleased to be part of it," said the 36-year-old from Seattle.

 

"I never think I'm going to win, so it was good to get past Emma - it's always a battle."

 

Revenge Win Takes Home Hope Naude Into World Qualifying Finals

 

Annelize Naude will take Dutch interest into the qualifying finals of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 after a revenge win over Welsh opponent Deon Saffery in the second qualifying round of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.

 

"I was in the zone tonight - and really out to get revenge on Deon, as she beat me last time we played," said the delighted Dutch number three after her 11-2, 11-6, 11-2 victory in just 19 minutes.

 

"I've just come back from Eindhoven where I won the SquashTime WISPA event - and that gave me a lot of confidence.   I had so much support here tonight, it was fantastic."

 

Naude entertained a packed partisan crowd surrounding the three-sided-glass-wall showcourt at the Frans Otten Stadion.  "This is really my court - I had a game plan tonight and stuck to it.

 

"It's great having this event here in Amsterdam - the organisers have done a great job in publicising it and there's been lots of coverage in the papers," added Naude, who is now just one win away from making her tenth successive appearance in the sport's premier tournament.

 

Egyptian teenager Nour El Sherbini continued her giant-killing run in her first WISPA tournament outside her home country by beating experienced Canadian Alana Miller.  The 13-year-old world No63 from Alexandria - who became the sport's youngest ever world champion in August after winning the World Junior (U19) title - fought back from 2/1 down to beat 29-year-old Miller, ranked 35 in the world, 11-9, 7-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 in 54 minutes.

 

"I can't believe it.  It's my first time playing a tournament outside Egypt - it's really unbelievable," gushed the promising youngster.

 

Miller, the three-time Canadian champion who led in all five games, said:  "When I saw the draw, I initially thought I'd like to stay away from this young Egyptian.  But I was looking forward to the match - I just would have like the execution of my strategy to have been better than it was.  She had the better length and better short game - but I'm disappointed.

 

"Pressure is hard to deal with - but squash is such a small community that you're always playing lower-ranked players.  I just feel I needed to be on top of my game - pressure or no pressure."

 

There was further surprise Egyptian success when Nour El Tayeb beat Lauren Siddall after the higher-ranked English player retired injured with the score standing at 11-7, 12-14, 11-9, 6-0 in the El Tayeb's favour.

 

It was a disappointing outcome for Siddall, who aggravated a groin strain she sustained during last week's British Open after slipping on the court midway through the fourth game.

 

El Tayeb, 16, from Cairo, was thrilled with her breakthrough victory:  "It's my first time in the worlds - but a win is always special. 

 

"She's a good player - she's bigger than me and has a good reach," added El Tayeb.  "She found some great shots when I hoped she wouldn't.  I was really happy with the third - I found some good flick shots and was happy to find them!"

 

Another teenager celebrated a stunning upset when Amanda Sobhy, a 16-year-old from the USA ranked 88 in the world, crushed Denmark's world No26 Line Hansen 11-6, 11-7, 11-4.

 

"It's a shock - and it'll probably be a couple of hours before it sinks in," admitted the left-hander who has only played in four WISPA tournaments previously.  "I had no pressure - as well as the advantage that I had played on that court yesterday.

 

"I played Line once before, at the Burning River Classic in the US, and she beat me 3/0.  So I knew her game and didn't have to spend the first game today getting used to her.  I guess my attitude as I came on to the court today was 'I can beat her, but if I lose it's no great problem'. 

 

"Squash is my focus - but I want to go to college, which will be in 2011."

 

Two Indian players will line up in the qualifying finals in a bid to reach the main draw for the first time.  Joshna Chinappa, from Chennai, defeated France's Celia Allamargot 11-9, 11-9, 11-5, and later her younger compatriot Dipika Pallikal celebrated her 18th birthday in appropriate style by beating higher-ranked Australian Lisa Camilleri 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-8.

 

"I was pleased with that as for the past two months I haven't had any good wins - and I lost 3/0 to her last year," said Pallikal, the world No54, also from Chennai. 

 

"My coach Malcolm (Willstrop) told me yesterday to just get on court and enjoy myself.  It's a great birthday present as I haven't had a good day so far - spending the day in my hotel room trying to fix my computer!"

 

Pallikal goes on to meet England's world No24 Sarah Kippax - the highest-ranked player in the qualifiers - for a place in the main draw.  "I've never played Sarah before, but I'll just go out and enjoy it, with no pressure," concluded Pallikal.

 

After a premature exit in last week's British Open, Joshna Chinappa was pleased with her maiden appearance in World Open.  "I played a lot better than I did at the British Open where I wasn't fully well.  And you can't play squash without being fully fit.  I'm now able to push myself a lot more. 

 

"I'm based most of the time at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, but spend as much time as I can with Malcolm Willstrop in the UK - I love working with him and the set-up there is fantastic.  I worked hard to prepare for this," explained the 23-year-old.

 

England's 20-year-old Victoria Lust also recorded one of the best wins of her career when she beat experienced Hong Kong player Christina Mak, ranked nine places higher, 11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4.

 

"I'm really pleased - especially as it's my first worlds," said the former British Junior champion from Cheltenham.  "In the first two games, my length was working really well, but in the third my length went and she started to take advantage."

 

Lust now meets Aisling Blake, the world No27 from Ireland.  "It's great to have the chance to play Aisling - she's had some good results lately.  My goal is to get into the top 40."

 

Donna Urquhart, the Australian who last week became the only qualifier to reach the British Open quarter-finals, returned to her winning ways with an 11-5, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2 victory over Egypt's Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy.

 

"It seems funny to come back to the qualifiers after my success at the British Open - but it's good to be back playing again," said the 22-year-old from New South Wales. 

 

"She probably had nothing to lose, and was probably a bit tired after her game yesterday.  My experience in the British Open makes me want to do it again."

 

Urquhart will take on Malaysia's Low Wee Wern in the next round.  "Wee Wern and I are about equal in results - so qualifying will be difficult.  But I'd like to get through to play in my first worlds," added the left-hander.

 

Low Wee Wern beat England's Lauren Selby 11-4, 11-7, 11-6.  "She had the lead in all three games - but I just hung in there as long as I could," said the 19-year-old world No33 from Penang.

 

"I set myself a top 30 target for this year - and I've got three places to go in three months, so it's looking good."

 

Noom For Nicol In Forexx Women’s World Open Draw

 

Malaysia's world number one Nicol David, bidding to become only the third player ever to become world champion four times, will face local Dutch player Orla Noom in the draw for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 which was made at the Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam.

 

The premier event on the Women’s International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) World Tour gets underway today in the Dutch capital with three days of qualifying, before the first round of the main draw starts on Wednesday (23 September), leading to the final on Sunday (27th).

 

David is expected to meet England's fifth seed Jenny Duncalf in the quarter-finals, followed by a predicted semi-final clash with another English opponent Alison Waters, the No4 seed.

 

But seventh seed Madeline Perry is also drawn in Waters' quarter - and, if successful in the section, could meet top seed David in the semis.  It was Irish number one Perry who produced the match of her life to beat the Malaysian superstar in the British Open quarter-finals in Manchester earlier this month.

 

Natalie Grinham, the former Australian who is now a Dutch national, will be leading home interest in the sport's most prestigious event.  The world number three from Almere will face Lauren Briggs, the world No21 from England, in the opening round - and is projected to meet her older sister Rachael Grinham in the semi-finals in the bottom half of the draw.

 

"Now that the draw is done, I can start preparing for my first match," said the Dutch number one after the draw.  "The tournament finally got underway today and I am excited to start playing on Wednesday.  I am really looking forward to it!" added Grinham junior.

 

Australian Rachael Grinham, ranked four in the world, arrives in Amsterdam fresh from lifting the British Open trophy for the fourth time.  The Cairo-based 32-year-old first faces England's Dominique Lloyd-Walter in a repeat of their opening round clash in Manchester.

 

The Dutch number two also faces a repeat of her British Open first round match.  Vanessa Atkinson, the World Open champion in 2004, is the 11th seed, and has been drawn to meet England's Tania Bailey in the opening round - and will be hoping for a repeat of her Manchester victory, this time in front of a home crowd.

 

Locals Lose Out In World Open Qualifiers

 

All four Dutch players attempting to boost local interest in the main draw of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 lost out in the first qualifying round of the $118,000 WISPA World Tour Platinum event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

 

But 18-year-old Milou van der Heijden looked set to cause a significant upset when she took the opening two games against higher-ranked French opponent Celia Allamargot.  But Allamargot, ranked 63 in the world, battled back to beat the Eindhoven teenager, ranked almost 40 places lower, 7-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-3, 11-3 in 40 minutes.

 

Australian Melody Francis dropped a game en-route to beating Dagmar Vermeulen, from Zwolle, 11-6, 12-14, 11-4, 11-5, while former Czech champion Lucie Fialova despatched Milja Dorenbos, from Zevenaar, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7.

 

Arnhem-based Margriet Huisman, who has been out of action for almost two years with a leg injury, battled bravely against New Zealand's Kylie Lindsay - and took the third game after a lengthy tiebreak.  But it was the Kiwi who ultimately prevailed, beating 25-year-old Huisman 11-9, 11-6, 14-16, 11-1 in 40 minutes.

 

Egyptian youngster Nour El Sherbini made a stunning start in her first WISPA Tour event outside her home country.  The 13-year-old, who became the sport's youngest ever world champion when she clinched the World Junior (U19) title in August, beat experienced English opponent Fiona Moverley 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 in 26 minutes.

 

The Alexandria prodigy, ranked 67 in the world, will now face Canada's 29-year-old Alana Miller, ranked 26 places higher, for a place in Tuesday's qualifying finals.

 

There were also notable upsets by England's Emma Chorley and Leonie Holt, USA's Amanda Sobhy, and Nicolette Fernandes from Guyana.

 

Chorley beat Norway's Lotte Eriksen 11-9, 11-6, 13-11, while Holt halted Czech opponent Olga Ertlova 12-10, 11-5, 2-11, 6-11, 11-6.

 

Sobhy, 16, from New York, despatched 24-year-old Austrian Birgit Coufal 8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-5, and Fernandes, fighting back after a serious knee injury, beat South African Adel Weir 11-7, 12-10, 11-6.

Qualifying Draw Released For Forexx Women’s World Open

 

Qualifying action gets under way next Sunday for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 which is being staged in the Netherlands from September 20-27.

 

Forty-eight players from twenty-two countries will travel to Amsterdam to compete in the qualifying competition of the premier event on the Women’s International Squash Players' Association (WISPA) World Tour, where they will have to battle it out for the eight available places into the main draw.

 

The host nation fields five players in the biggest qualifying draw the WISPA circuit has ever seen.  Dutch interest is led by Annelize Naudé, the Amsterdam based world number 34 who is seeded seventh in qualifying.  With the top 16 seeds having a bye into the second round, the 32-year old Naudé will not play until Monday evening, when she will face the winner of Deon Saffery (Wales) and Linda Hruzikova (Slovakia) on the permanent three-wall glass court at the city's well-known Frans Otten Stadion.

 

Meanwhile, Naudé’s compatriots Margriet Huisman, Milja Dorenbos, Dagmar Vermeulen and Milou van der Heijden start their Forexx Women’s World Open campaign on Sunday.  Huisman, the 25-year-old who has been out of action for almost two years with a severe leg injury, faces Kylie Lindsay from New Zealand in the first qualifying round.  Dorenbos is drawn to play Lucie Fialova (Czech Republic);  Vermeulen takes on Melody Francis (Australia); and 18-year-old van der Heijden plays Celia Allamargot from France in her opening match.

 

Much interest will be focussed on Egypt's recently crowned World Junior Champion Nour El Sherbini, who will be playing in her first WISPA event outside her home country.  The 13-year-old from Alexandria - the youngest world squash champion of all time - takes on England's Fiona Moverley in the first qualifying round.

 

The Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 will be the 25th staging of the world's most prestigious women's individual squash championship.  It will also be the first time that the championship has been hosted by the Netherlands since 1989, when it was held in Warmond.

 

As well as past hosts of the event, the Netherlands also boasts a former world champion in Dutch star Vanessa Atkinson, who triumphed in 2004 over Natalie Grinham, now her compatriot.  Grinham, a former Australian who is ranked third in the world and a World Open runner-up on three occasions (in 2004, 2006 and 2007), is seeded second in the main draw - on her new home soil - behind Malaysia's reigning champion Nicol David.

 

Grinham’s sister Rachael, who earlier this week won the British Open crown for the fourth time, and England’s Alison Waters are seeded third and fourth, respectively.

 

The main draw for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 will be made Sunday September 20 at 11am in the Frans Otten Stadion, only a few hours before the qualifying competition kicks off.  More information about the championship can be found on the official tournament website www.womensworldopen.com

 

Unofficial Women’s World Open Final on Dam square

 

Last week the renowned Dam square in Amsterdam – a popular tourist zone in the Dutch capital – was the scene of a unique and spectacular squash event.  With support of the Amsterdam city council and the Dutch Olympic Committee, a full glass court was erected in front of the Royal Palace to promote the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009, which takes place later this month (20-27 September) in the Netherlands.

 

In a repeat of the historic 2007 Women’s World Open final, squash stars Natalie and Rachael Grinham played each other in the so called unofficial final of the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009.  Two years ago in Madrid, Rachael beat her younger sister Natalie to become World Champion for the first time and this year her sister wants revenge.

 

But with many other strong contenders in the draw – like reigning champion Nicol David, England’s Alison Waters, Jenny Duncalf and Laura Massaro, Egypt’s Omneya Abdel Kawy and Irish champion Madeline Perry – another Grinham Sisters final is still far away.

 

To provide Natalie – who’s now representing the Netherlands – the chance to have another crack at her sister – who’s still carrying the Australian flag – a full glass court was erected at one of the busiest locations in Amsterdam.  The event was branded the unofficial final as it was Sister vs. Sister and Netherlands vs. Australia.

 

This time the younger half of the Toowoomba Twosome prevailed - winning 12-10 in the third game – therefore gaining revenge over her sister to give the host nation a confidence boost ahead of the premier event on the Women’s International Squash Players Association (WISPA) World Tour.

 

A 2-minute video clip of the unofficial final match between Natalie and Rachael Grinham can be found on www.womensworldopen.com.  Further information about the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 – which starts next weekend at the well-known Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam – can also be found on the official tournament website.

 

Forexx Women’s World Open Entry List Confirmed

 

The Women’s International Squash Players’ Association has confirmed the final entry list for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009, the premier WISPA World Tour event of the year which will take place in the Dutch city of Amsterdam from 23-27 September.

 

Defending champion Nicol David heads a star-studded entry list of 72 players from 24 countries who will travel to the Netherlands next month to compete for the official individual world title.  Powerhouse England boasts 14 players in the draw, at least six more than any other country.  Egypt and host country The Netherlands are both represented by eight players, followed by Australia (5), Hong Kong (5) and Malaysia (4).

 

"The Forexx Women’s World Open in Amsterdam is going to be a spectacular event," said WISPA president Natalie Grainger.  "It is the biggest and most prestigious championship on the tour and this is recognised by the entry of the top 100 players in the world, coming from all corners of the earth.  Squash is a universal sport and the World Open is the pinnacle event, everybody will be there to compete," added the world number two from the USA.

 

The qualifying draw for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 - which offers a total prize fund of US$ 118,000, a record in women's squash - will be released on September 14th by WISPA, the governing body for the professional women’s game.  The main draw will be made on-site six days later, only a few hours before the qualifying competition kicks off in the renowned Frans Otten Stadion.

 

Tickets for the Forexx Women’s World Open Squash 2009 can be purchased through the official tournament website www.womensworldopen.com.

 

Main Draw players

1

Nicol David

 MAS 

(1)

2

Natalie Grainger

 USA 

(2)

3

Natalie Grinham

 NED 

(3)

4

Rachael Grinham

 AUS 

(4)

5

Alison Waters

 ENG 

(5)

6

Jenny Duncalf

 ENG 

(6)

7

Omneya Abdel Kawy

 EGY 

(7)

8

Madeline Perry

 IRL 

(8)

9

Laura Massaro

 ENG 

(9)

10

Isabelle Stoehr

 FRA 

(11)

11

Kasey Brown

 AUS 

(12)

12

Vanessa Atkinson

 NED 

(13)

13

Annie Au

 HKG 

(14)

14

Rebecca Chiu

 HKG 

(15)

15

Jaclyn Hawkes

 NZL 

(16)

16

Samantha Teran

 MEX 

(17)

17

Raneem El Weleily

 EGY 

(18)

18

Tania Bailey

 ENG 

(19)

19

Camille Serme

 FRA 

(20)

20

Lauren Briggs

 ENG 

(21)

21

Dominique Lloyd-Walter

 ENG 

(22)

22

Engy Kheirallah

 EGY 

(23)

23

Delia Arnold

 MAS 

(24)

24

Orla Noom (wildcard)

 NED

(41)

 

Qualifying list

1

Suzie Pierrepont

 ENG 

(25)

2

Sarah Kippax

 ENG 

(26)

3

Sharon Wee

 MAS 

(27)

4

Line Hansen

 DEN 

(28)

5

Latasha Khan

 USA 

(29)

6

Aisling Blake

 IRL 

(30)

7

Donna Urquhart

 AUS 

(31)

8

Annelize Naude

 NED 

(32)

9

Joshna Chinappa

 IND 

(33)

10

Low Wee Wern

 MAS 

(33)

11

Alana Miller

 CAN 

(35)

12

Emma Beddoes

 ENG 

(36)

13

Joey Chan

 HKG 

(37)

14

Lisa Camilleri

 AUS 

(38)

15

Manuela Manetta

 ITA 

(40)

16

Lauren Siddall

 ENG 

(42)

17

Heba El Torky

 EGY 

(43)

18

Christina Mak

 HKG 

(44)

19

Elise Ng

 HKG 

(46)

20

Kylie Lindsay

 NZL 

(49)

21

Fiona Moverley

 ENG 

(50)

22

Deon Saffery

 WAL 

(54)

23

Victoria Lust

 ENG 

(55)

24

Dipika Pallikal

 IND 

(56)

25

Lucie Fialova

 CZE 

(57)

26

Lauren Selby

 ENG 

(58)

27

Nour El Tayeb

 EGY 

(59)

28

Olga Ertlova

 CZE 

(60)

29

Alexandra Norman

 CAN 

(61)

30

Kanzy Emad El-Defrawy

 EGY 

(63)

31

Lotte Eriksen

 NOR 

(64)

32

Birgit Coufal

 AUT 

(65)

33

Celia Allamargot

 FRA 

(66)

34

Adel Weir

 RSA

(69)

35

Melody Francis

 AUS

(71)

36

Nouran El Torky

 EGY

(73)

37

Maud Duplomb

 FRA

(76)

38

Emma Chorley

 ENG

(77)

39

Anna-Carin Forstadius#

 SWE

(78)

40

Linda Hruzikova#

 SVK

(80)

41

Nour El Sherbini#

 EGY

(91)

42

Dagmar Vermeulen*

 NED

(98)

43

Milou van der Heijden*

 NED

(99)

44

Nicolette Fernandes#

 GUY

(103)

44

Milja Dorenbos*

 NED

(154)

46

Karina Heredia Gonzalez#

 MEX

(161)

47

Cecilie Mayer #

 DEN

(200)

48

Margriet Huisman*

 NED

(233)

 

# WSF wildcards

* Dutch wildcards