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20/12/2010
HILLEGOM FLOWERBULB OPEN
 

Briggs Breaks Dutch Hearts In Hillegom


Hillegom Flowerbulb Open, Hillegom, Netherlands

Briggs Breaks Durch Hearts In Helligom

England's Lauren Briggs denied Annelize Naude the perfect farewell when she beat the local hero in the final of theWomen's Squash Hillegom Flowerbulb Open, the $4,000 WISPA World Tour event in its fifth year at Squash Hillegom in the Dutch city of Hillegom.

Briggs, the sixth seed beat Dutch international Naude, who will now retire from the WISPA Tour, 10-12, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5.

The victory was sweet for the former world number 18, who slipped down the WISPA World Rankings this year, to her current position of 80, due to knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage and ligaments.

The 31-year old from Chingford demonstrated throughout the tournament that she is close to her former level, showing beautiful movement and great ball placement en-route to a well-deserved sixth career WISPA Tour title - beating Chloe Mesic (France), second seed Orla Noom (Netherlands), Maud Duplomb (France) and top seed Naudé along the way.

For runner-up Naudé, the Flowerbulb Open 2010 was also a tournament to remember: The 33-year old from Amsterdam was playing her last ever WISPA tournament and, despite losing, deservedly received a huge ovation from the large audience who came to see her play her last competitive professional match.

It was a fitting end to a glittering career of the two-time Dutch champion, which took her to 17 WISPA Tour finals, winning six of them. The South African-born Dutch international also reached a highest World Ranking of 13 back in 2006.

1st round:
[1] Annelize Naude (NED) bt Milja Dorenbos (NED) 11-2, 11-7, 11-6
[5] Leonie Holt (ENG) bt Saara Valtola (FIN) 11-7, 11-5, 10-12, 11-4
[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Julia Lecoq (FRA) 11-8, 11-8, 12-10
[Q] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt [8] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) 11-9, 11-6, 12-10
[7] Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt Cyrielle Peltier (FRA) 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-9
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [Q] Melissa Meulenbelt (NED) 12-10, 11-8, 11-8
[6] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt Chloe Mesic (FRA) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1
[2] Orla Noom (NED) bt Sandra Polak (AUT) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4

Quarter-finals:
[1] Annelize Naude (NED) bt [5] Leonie Holt (ENG) 6-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-6
[4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt [Q] Margriet Huisman (NED) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5
[7] Maud Duplomb (FRA) bt [3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-9, 6-11, 12-10, 2-11, 11-7
[6] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [2] Orla Noom (NED) 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-6

Semi-finals:
[1] Annelize Naude (NED) bt [4] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
[6] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [7] Maud Duplomb (FRA) 11-8, 11-5, 11-9

Final:
[6] Lauren Briggs (ENG) bt [1] Annelize Naude (NED) 10-12, 13-11, 11-5, 11-5