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Squash - 26. September 2011.

World's Best Squash Stars Confirmed for World Open in Rotterdam

A star-studded cast featuring the world's best players will line up in the
World Open Squash 2011, the richest ever event in world squash which will
take place in Rotterdam, from 28 October to 6 November



Dutch interest in the world's premier event, which features the 112 best men
and 72 best women in the world, is led by national champions Laurens Jan
Anjema and Natalie Grinham, who are seeded to reach the last 16 of the most
important squash event of the year. Anjema, 28 years old from the Hague,
celebrated a fine start to the new squash season by reaching the quarter
finals of the prestigious Australian Open as an unseeded player, before only
narrowly losing out in the final of the Colombian Open, and will be looking
to surpass his seeding.



Anjema's compatriot Grinham, from Almere, has already reached the final of
the World Open four times, in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, was ranked number
two in the world for 30 months between 2007 and 2010, and is considered to
be one of the biggest challengers to hot favourite David despite her current
low ranking of 13. The 33-year old two-time European Champion returned to
competitive action a year ago after giving birth to son Kieran and is
looking for the highly-sought-after World Open title that has so far eluded
her.



The two notable absentees on the entry lists are Dutch legend and former
World Champion Vanessa Atkinson, still ranked number ten in the world
despite retiring from professional squash over four months ago, and
America's Amanda Sohby, the 2010 Junior World Champion who is ranked world
number 20 in the world but has just started her first year at Harvard
University.



The draw for the World Open Squash 2011 - which offers a total prize fund of
US$ 418.000, a record in squash - will be made in Rotterdam on Monday 10th
October at a special press conference featuring Ahmed Aboutaleb, the mayor
of Rotterdam, and representatives of the governing bodies PSA and WISPA.



The first six days (28th Oct to 2nd Nov) of the most prestigious squash
championship on the PSA and WISPA World Tours will take place at the
renowned Victoria Squash club in Rotterdam, the final stages (3rd to 6th
Nov) will be played on a full ASB Glass Court which will be erected on the
podium of the spectacular New Luxor Theatre in the Dutch City of Sports.



More information can be found on the official tournament site
www.worldopensquash2011.com.
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