The women’s draw is represented by the sport's finest - led by Amsterdam-based world number one and two-times World Champion Nicol David. The 23-year old Malaysian, who recently won both the Malaysian Open and the Singapore Masters after appearing in her 15th successive WISPA World Tour event final, is expected to face her long time rival Natalie Grinham, the world number two from Australia, in Sunday’s final.
The third and fourth seeding positions are held by two previous world number ones, Rachael Grinham and Natalie Grainger - and the host country will be represented by record ten-times Dutch national champion and another former world number one and World Champion Vanessa Atkinson. The strong main draw of sixteen players includes eight out of the top ten world-ranked players.
Tournament promoter Tommy Berden is excited by the support of the world's best players: "Obviously we are disappointed that John White had to withdraw at the last moment due to injury, but we are extremely happy that David Palmer is able to replace him. Together with Nicol David, we now have the two current World Champions playing our event.
"And on top of that, we also have a very strong field all the way through to the last qualifier, so we can look forward to a great week of squash at the highest level."
Women's 1st round draw:
 Nicol David (MAS) v Margriet Huisman (NED)
 Madeline Perry (IRL) v Qualifier
 Natalie Grainger (USA) v Engy Kheirallah (EGY)
 Omneya Abdel Kawy (EGY) v Qualifier
 Vanessa Atkinson (NED) v Qualifier
 Rachael Grinham (AUS) v Jenny Duncalf (ENG)
 Vicky Botwright (ENG) v Qualifier
 Natalie Grinham (AUS) v Alison Waters (ENG)
For more information and updates please visit www.dutchopensquash.nl
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Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA
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WSQ 4010 Email: HowHard@aol.com 13 August 2007
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