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Squash - 06. May 2008.

England Celebrate European Championship In Amsterdam

Women's Final:

[1] ENGLAND bt [2] NETHERLANDS 3-0

Alison Waters bt Karen Kronemeyer 9-0, 9-5, 9-0 (24m)

Vicky Botwright bt Vanessa Atkinson 9-1, 10-8, 9-3 (36m)

Jenny Duncalf bt Annelize Naude 9-4, 9-1 (17m)

3rd place play-off:

[7] FRANCE bt [5] IRELAND 2-1

Maud Duplomb lost to Laura Mylotte 7-9, 10-8, 3-9, 2-9

Isabelle Stoehr bt Madeline Perry 9-4, 9-2, 0-9, 3-9, 10-8

Camille Serme bt Aisling Blake 9-2, 9-7, 9-4

5th place play-off:

[4] GERMANY bt [3] DENMARK 2-1

Katharina Witt bt Marie-Louise Feddern 9-5, 9-4, 9-5

Kathrin Rohrmueller bt Line Hansen 9-5, 10-8, 2-9, 3-9, 9-7

Sina Wall lost to Ellen Petersen 4-9, 3-9

7th place play-off:

[9] WALES bt [11] BELGIUM 2-0

Stacey Preece bt Ankie Nedee 7-9, 9-3, 9-3, 9-5

Deon Saffery bt Charlie de Rycke 9-6, 9-3, 9-1

Natalie Pritchard v Annabel Romedenne (dead rubber - match not played)

9th - 11th place play-offs:

[8] SPAIN bt [6] SWITZERLAND 2-1

Xisela Aranda Nunez bt Gabriela Hegi 9-6, 9-5, 9-0

Elisabet Sado Garriga bt Olivia Hauser 9-1, 9-7, 9-3

Stela Carbonell lost to Gaby Schmohl 3-9, 1-9, 0-9

[10] ITALY bt [8] SPAIN 2-1

Veronica Favero Camp lost to Alicia Alvarez Riaza 1-9, 6-9, 1-9

Manuela Manetta bt Elisabet Sado Garriga 9-7, 9-6, 9-2

Sonia Pasteris bt Xisela Aranda Nunez 7-9, 9-7, 9-2, 9-2

Final positions: 9: Italy; 10: Spain; 11: Switzerland

12th place play-off:

[15] SCOTLAND bt [13] AUSTRIA 2-0

Lisa Aitken bt Theresa Gradnitzer 9-3, 9-0, 9-1

Frania Gillen-Buchert bt Birgit Coufal 3-9, 10-9, 9-3, 10-9

Claire Kidd v Pamela Pancis (dead rubber - match not played)

14th place play-off:

[12] CZECH REPUBLIC bt [14] FINLAND 3-0

Hana Vagnerova bt Pia Ojata 4-9, 9-2, 6-9, 9-3, 9-1

Lucie Fialova bt Lotta Vuorela 10-8, 9-3, 9-6

Olga Ertlova bt Saara Valtola 5-9, 9-5, 9-0

16th place play-off:

SWEDEN bt [16] RUSSIA 3-0

Lovisa Forstadius bt Olga Petrukhina 9-3, 9-0, 9-0

Anna-Carin Forstadius bt Irina Assal 9-6, 9-3, 9-0

Anna Detter bt Ekatarina Glinchikova 9-3, 9-4

18th place play-off:

GREECE bt UKRAINE 3-0

Nikol Pozidou bt Anastasiya Netrebchuk 9-0, 9-2, 9-1

Zeta Tzamalouka bt Nina Taraschkevych 9-1, 9-1, 9-0

Eliza Kargioti bt Anastasia Spivak 9-2, 9-1





England women's team defeated Netherlands 3/0 in the final at Frans Otten Stadion in Amsterdam to record the double for the 16th successive year.



 

The England women's team extended their remarkable record to 31 titles since the inaugural women's event in the Netherlands in 1978. The top seeds - in their sixth successive final against Netherlands - showed their determination in the first match when third string Alison Waters, ranked 11 in the world, despatched Dutch opponent Karen Kronemeyer 9-0, 9-5, 9-0 in just 24 minutes.

The second match featured Vanessa Atkinson, a ten-time Dutch national champion, ranked nine in the world, and Vicky Botwright, the England number one ranked one place lower and also trailing 3-8 in the pair's head-to-head tally.

Putting behind her a rare England defeat in the earlier qualifiers, Botwright took the first game for just a single point, then maintained her composure to clinch the second after a late comeback by Atkinson.

Botwright continued to pile on the pressure - and disappoint the partisan local crowd - and finally beat Atkinson 9-1, 10-8, 9-3 after 36 minutes to win the match - and secure the title for England.

Squad number three Jenny Duncalf made it maximum points for England when she beat Annelize Naude 9-4, 9-1 in the best-of-three dead rubber.

"What really pleased me was that the coaches had faith to pick me - and that gave me extra confidence," said a jubilant Vicky Botwright, the England captain, after her triumph. "This week's been a bit of a turnaround for me - as I haven't been playing that well recently.

"And I wanted to do my best to win, to take the pressure off the others. If Vanessa had got a game, it could have turned things around."

When asked about the pressure of maintaining England's supremacy in the event, Botwright explained: "We don't take anything for granted - we don't underestimate anyone. Yesterday's semi-final against France was a good example. That could have been a tricky tie, but we were very professional and did what we had to do."

Botwright's smiles were even wider as she revealed that she was now engaged to Australian international Stewart Boswell. "We were out for a walk on a lovely sunny Sunday some weeks ago when I noticed that Stewart was rummaging around in his coat - and I wondered what he was doing. To my complete surprise, he asked me to marry him! We're hoping to find a date next May, if there is suitable gap in both of our squash commitments!"

In the play-off for third place, seventh seeds France beat Ireland 2/1 to win the bronze medal for only the second time - and Germany defeated Denmark 2/1 to take fifth place.

But perhaps the most notable achievement in the lower order was recorded by Wales, the eight seeds who beat Belgium 2/0 in the play-off for seventh place to record their highest finish of all-time.

Official website: www.etcsquash2008.nl

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