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Beddoes claims Flowerbulb crown

Flowerbulb Open 2009
11-13 Dec, Hillegom, Netherlands, $4k
Round One
12 Dec
12 Dec
13 Dec
13 Dec
[1] Emma Beddoes (Eng)
11-4, 11-7, 11-8
Sina Wall (Ger)
Emma Beddoes
11-7, 11-5, 11-4
Lotte Eriksen
Emma Beddoes
11-8, 14-12, 9-11,
Victoria Lust
Emma Beddoes
11-8, 11-2, 11-6
Annelize Naudé
[5] Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
11-6, 11-8, 11-2
Dagmar Vermuelen (Ned)
[3] Victoria Lust (Eng)
7-11, 11-2, 11-3, 11-7
[Q] Carrie Ramsay (Eng)
Victoria Lust
11-2, 11-5, 11-3
Adel Weir
[6] 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
[7] Stephanie Edmison (Can)
Stephanie Edmison
11-8, 9-11, 12-10,
9-11, 11-2
Lauren Selby
Lauren Selby
11-3, 12-10, 8-11,
Annelize Naudé
[Q] Muqaddas Ashraf (Pak)
11-6, 11-1, 11-7
[4] Lauren Selby (Eng)
[Q] Margriet Huisman (Ned)
11-6, 9-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8
[8] Coline Aumard (Fra)
Coline Aumard
11-9, 13-15, 11-2,
Annelize Naudé
Leonie Holt (Eng)
11-9, 11-6, 11-2
[2] Annelize Naudé (Ned)

Official Site www.squash-hillegom.nl

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 Africa.

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.


Tomorrow’s semi finals will start at 12pm. More information can be found at www.squash-hillegom.nl.


All seeds through to Flowerbulb quarters

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.


Second seed 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.