Beddoes claims Flowerbulb crown
11-13 Dec, Hillegom, Netherlands, $4k
 Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11-4, 11-7, 11-8
Sina Wall (Ger)
11-7, 11-5, 11-4
11-8, 14-12, 9-11,
11-8, 11-2, 11-6
 Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
11-6, 11-8, 11-2
Dagmar Vermuelen (Ned)
 Victoria Lust (Eng)
7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-7
[Q] Carrie Ramsay (Eng)
11-2, 11-5, 11-3
 Adel Weir (Rsa)
11-8, 11-7, 11-6
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned)
[Q] Melissa Meulenbelt (Ned)
11-2, 11-4, 9-11, 11-5
 Stephanie Edmison (Can)
11-8, 9-11, 12-10,
11-3, 12-10, 8-11,
[Q] Muqaddas Ashraf (Pak)
11-6, 11-1, 11-7
 Lauren Selby (Eng)
[Q] Margriet Huisman (Ned)
11-6, 9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8
 Coline Aumard (Fra)
11-9, 13-15, 11-2,
Leonie Holt (Eng)
11-9, 11-6, 11-2
 Annelize Naudé (Ned)
Beddoes claims Flowerbulb crown
Emma Beddoes proved victorious during the
Squash Hillegom Flowerbulb Open 2009 after a comfortable straight games victory
over Annelize Naudé in today’s final.
Both finalists came through tough semi final matches earlier in the day and
started the final a little tentative. Midway the first game Beddoes stepped up
the pace, something her more experienced opponent was surprisingly unable to
cope with. The top seed kept up the pressure throughout the second and third
games, forcing many uncharacteristic errors out of the Dutch ace who never
threatened to extend the match. Within 25 minutes the match was over and a new
Flowerbulb champion was crowned: 11-8, 11-2, 11-6.
The Flowerbulb Open title marks Beddoes’ third tournament win on the Women’s
International Squash Players Association World Tour. Remarkably it was only the
first time in the 4-year history of the event that the title was not won by a
Dutch player. Annelize Naudé (2006), Karen Kronemeyer (2007) and Orla Noom
(2008) preceded Beddoes as Flowerbulb champion!
England Rule Flowerbulb Quarters
All top four seeds,
three from England and one from the host country the Netherlands, moved into the
semi finals of the Squash Hillegom Flowerbulb Open 2009 today in the Dutch city
of Hillegom in contrasting style.
Emma Beddoes and Victoria Lust will meet in tomorrow’s semi final after both
English players wasted no time in reaching the last four of the WISPA Tour 4
championship. Top seeded Beddoes was challenged by Norway’s Lotte Eriksen until
midway the first game, before racing away to a comfortable victory, whilst third
seeded Lust dropped only ten points in her match against Adel Weir from South
In the bottom of the draw Dutch ace Annelize Naudé and England’s Lauren Selby
had to work harder to clinch their expected place in the semi’s. Naudé fought
off a spirited challenge of France’s Coline Aumard, winning in four, and Selby
squeezed through a tough five game tussle with Stephanie Edmison from Canada.
semi finals will start at 12pm. More information can be found at
All seeds through to
The Flowerbulb Open
started today with eight first round matches, five of them featuring Dutch
players. Unfortunately for the home crowd there was only one that progressed to
the next round as all top seeds proved the seeding committee right.
Annelize Naudé - a former winner of the WISPA Tour 4 event in the Dutch city of
Hillegom - beat Leonie Holt of England in straight games. On the adjacent court
Margriet Huisman was battling hard for a place in the quarter-finals against her
much more experienced compatriot. The 25-year old was denied though by France’s
Coline Aumard, who managed to outlast Huisman in the closest match of the day.
At 1-1 in games there was a crucial game which was extended to 15-13 in the
favor of the French girl. Huisman fought her way back to win the fourth, but
quickly found herself 9-2 down in the fifth. Although she threatened to make an
unthinkable comeback - closing the gap to only one single point - it was Aumard
who eventually took the decider and therefore the match.
Earlier in the day, Norwegian Lotte Eriksen had already beaten Dagmar Vermeulen.
After dropping the first easily, Vermeulen played a good second game in which
she made a crucial mistake at 7-7 with a reverse boast off the serve which
landed right in the middle of the court. The error proved very costly as the
Dutch woman was only able to score three more points in the rest of the match
with Eriksen looking more and more confident in the third. Meanwhile on the
court next door top seed Emma Beddoes was up against Germany’s Sina Wall. This
match was a lot more closely contended then the scores suggest. Wall worked the
rallies well with some good drives and working boasts but was unable to really
threaten the retrieval and volleying skills of Beddoes.
Netherland’s Milou van der Heijden played some great squash in patches against
Adel Weir making sure the South African had to use her retrieval skills to cover
the entire court, but it was the unforced errors of the Dutch junior which
proved to be detrimental to the match. Weir now takes on England’s Victoria
Lust, who overcame compatriot Carrie Ramsey in four games, winning quite
convincingly after having dropped the first to her younger opponent.
England’s Lauren Selby defeated Muqaddas Ashraf in a straightforward match. The
Pakistani who was competing in her very first International WISPA event was
outplayed by a more experienced Selby, who goes on to play Stephanie Edmison.
The Canadian seemed too powerful for Holland’s Mellissa Meulenbelt in the early
stages of the match, but the Dutch girl fought hard to get a game before Edmison
took back full control in the fourth.