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11/06/2006
TRANSPARANZ OPEN
 

Berden & Grinham Record First Husband & Wife Win

Tournament
Transparanz Squash Open,
Almere, Netherlands

Berden & Grinham Record First Husband & Wife Win
Australia's Natalie Grinham and Dutchman Tommy Berden – who became Mr & Mrs Berden in March – have become the first husband and wife team to win a joint championship after collecting the trophies at the inaugural Tranzparanz Squash Open in Almere in the Netherlands.

Berden, the former world No22 who had been out of the game for six months due to injury, was a qualifier in the event – but dismissed the top seed in the opening round of the men's PSA Tour event before trouncing the sixth seed Fabien Verseille in the quarters, then fourth-seeded Welshman Rob Sutherland in the semi-finals – winning all three matches in straight games!

In the final, the 27-year-old four-times National Champion from Almere battled from two-games-to-one down to beat England's seventh seed Jonathan Harford 11-9, 7-11, 10-11 (2-4), 11-3, 11-7 to win the eighth PSA Tour title of his career – but his first for almost 18 months.

Natalie Grinham, the world No3 competing in her first WISPA event since winning a record three gold medals in the Commonwealth Games in her home country in March, had an easier run in the women's event.

The 28-year-old favourite from Queensland beat Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 in the semi-finals, then produced the identical scoreline in her victory over second-seeded New Zealander Louise Crome in the final. The triumph signals the seventh WISPA World Tour title of her career.

Berden Bursts Through To Transparanz Semis
Dutchman Tommy Berden thrilled the local crowds at the Transparanz Squash Open when he defeated two seeds to reach the semi-finals of the new Tour event in Almere in the Netherlands.

Berden, the former world No22 who has been out of the game for six months due to injury, was forced to qualify for the event – and did so with ease. Then, on the opening day of action in the PSA Tour event, followed his straight games upset of Hungary's top seed Andras Torok by beating France's sixth seed Fabien Verseille 11-9, 11-4, 11-6 in the quarter-finals.

The four times National Champion from Almere now takes on Welshman Rob Sutherland, the No4 seed, for a place in his first PSA final since reaching the climax of the Hellendoorn Open, also in the Netherlands, just over a year ago.

England's Lauren Siddall wiped out the leading Dutch interest in the women's WISPA World Tour event when she upset third seed Orla Noom 9-6, 6-9, 9-7, 7-9, 9-3. The No7 seed from Pontefract in Yorkshire will now face Louise Crome, the second seed from New Zealand who beat India's sixth seed Joshna Chinappa 9-6, 4-9, 9-3, 9-6.

Local squash fans will no doubt now turn their support towards Australia's Natalie Grinham, the adopted β€˜β€™Dutchie’’ who recently married Tommy Berden and is now also based in Almere.

The 28-year-old from Queensland who is competing in her first WISPA event since winning a record three gold medals in the Commonwealth Games in her home country in March, coasted to a 9-3, 9-2, 9-2 quarter-final victory over Dutch international Margriet Huisman, the eighth seed. The favourite now meets Ireland's No4 seed Aisling Blake in the semi-finals.

Men's 1st round:
[Q] Tommy Berden (NED) bt [1] Andras Torok (HUN) 11-3, 11-3, 11-8
[6] Fabien Verseille (FRA) bt [Q] Jens Schoor (GER) 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 11-4
[4] Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt Andre Haschker (GER) 11-10 (2-0), 11-4, 11-7
[Q] Robbie Temple (ENG) bt [5] Marton Szaboky (HUN) 11-7, 11-5, 11-2
[7] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Siddharth Suchde (IND) 8-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-4
Friedrich Scheel (GER) bt [3] Jago Nardelli (ENG) 11-8, 4-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-8
[8] Yann Perrin (FRA) bt [Q] Rene Mijs (NED) 10-11 (0-2), 11-8, 11-3, 11-8
[2] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) bt Marc Reus (NED) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6

Quarter-finals:
[Q] Tommy Berden (NED) bt [6] Fabien Verseille (FRA) 11-9, 11-4, 11-6
[4] Rob Sutherland (WAL) bt [Q] Robbie Temple (ENG) 11-6, 11-9, 11-9
[7] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt Friedrich Scheel (GER) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 [2] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) bt [8] Yann Perrin (FRA) 7-11, 8-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-8

Men's semi-finals:
[Q] Tommy Berden (NED) bt [4] Rob Sutherland (WAL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
[7] Jonathan Harford (ENG) bt [2] Luca Mastrostefano (ITA) 9-11, 7-11, 11-3, 11-2, 11-0

Final:
[Q] Tommy Berden (NED) bt [7] Jonathan Harford (ENG) 11-9, 7-11, 10-11 (2-4), 11-3, 11-7

Women's 1st round:
[1] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt Wilma Kirsten (ITA) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
[8] Margriet Huisman (NED) bt Lucie Fialova (CZE) 7-9, 9-2, 9-1, 9-1
[4] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Dagmar Vermeulen (NED) 9-0, 9-1, 9-0
[5] Kirsty McPhee (ENG) bt Jenny Wright (WAL) 9-3, 9-5, 9-3
[7] Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt [Q] Daphne Jelgersma (NED) 9-2, 9-1, 9-0
[3] Orla Noom (NED) bt Laura Mylotte (IRL) 9-0, 9-2, 9-7
[6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) bt Magaly Velez (ECU) 9-1, 9-1, 9-2
[2] Louise Crome (NZL) bt [Q] Susannah King (ENG) 9-0, 9-7, 9-1

Quarter-finals:
[1] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [8] Margriet Huisman (NED) 9-3, 9-2, 9-2
[4] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [5] Kirsty McPhee (ENG) 9-0, 9-1, 1-9, 9-5
[7] Lauren Siddall (ENG) bt [3] Orla Noom (NED) 9-6, 6-9, 9-7, 7-9, 9-3
[2] Louise Crome (NZL) bt [6] Joshna Chinappa (IND) 9-6, 4-9, 9-3, 9-6

Women's semi-finals:
[1] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [4] Aisling Blake (IRL) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2
[2] Louise Crome (NZL) bt [7] Lauren Siddall (ENG) 9-5, 9-0, 9-5

Final:
[1] Natalie Grinham (AUS) bt [2] Louise Crome (NZL) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2