WORLD SQUASH NEWS
RESULTS: Forexx Dutch Open Squash Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Women's qualifying finals:
Annelize Naude (NED) bt Louise Crome (NZL) 10-9, 9-6, 9-0 (45m)
Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Dominique Lloyd-Walter(ENG) 9-5, 9-0, 9-2 (34m)
Latasha Khan (USA) bt Lauren Briggs (ENG) 9-1, 9-5, 9-5 (40m)
Isabelle Stoehr (FRA) bt Tricia Chuah (MAS) 9-7, 9-0, 9-0 (31m)
Naude Boosts Local Interest In Golden Dutch Open
Annelize Naude clinched a straight games victory over New Zealand's Louise Crome in the women's qualifying finals of the Forexx Dutch Open Squash Championships to boost local interest in the WISPA Gold squash event at Frans Otten Stadion in the Netherlands capital city Amsterdam.
But it was a good day for France in the men's qualifying finals, with Mathieu Castagnet and Julien Balbo - both semi-finalists in last week's BAA Bishop's Stortford Squash Festival in England - claiming first round berths in the 2-star PSA Tour event.
Naude, the world No17 from Amsterdam, recovered from 5-7 down in the first game, then saved two game balls, before beating Crome, her Amsterdam-based training partner, 10-9, 9-6, 9-0 in 45 minutes. The 30-year-old's reward is a first round clash with another local training partner Vanessa Atkinson, the former world champion from The Hague who is the event's No8 seed.
photos Janos Schmidt