Tue 16th Nov,
Qualifying Begins ...
The draw for the men's qualifying competition took place on
Tuesday at noon at the Victoria Club, then it's eight men's
and eight women's qualifying first round matches starting at
13.00, and another eight of each from 18.30.
Men's Qualifying Round One:
Jens Schoor (Ger) bt Rene Mijs (Ned)
11/5, 12/10, 11/8 (45m)
Robbie Temple (Eng) bt Rick Penders (Ned)
11/7, 11/9, 2/11, 11/9 (33m)
Joel Hinds (Eng) bt Rasmus Nielsen (Den)
9/11, 11/9, 1/11, 11/6, 11/5 (70m)
Scott Arnold (Aus) bt Bart Ravelli (Ned)
13/11, 11/9, 11/5 (32m)
Julien Balbo (Fra) bt Ben Ford (Eng)
11/4, 11/5, 5/11, 11/9 (40m)
Steve Finitsis (Aus) bt Lewis Walters (Eng)
11/3, 11/3, 11/5 (35m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) bt Sebastian Weenink (Ned)
11/9, 6/11, 7/11, 11/7, 11/5 (57m)
Piedro Schweertman (Ned) bt Frank Hartkoren (Ned)
11/8, 11/2, 11/6 (31m)
Women's Qualifying Round One:
Lauren Selby (Eng) bt Margriet Huisman (Ned)
11/7, 11/9, 11/6 (32m)
Emily Whitlock (Eng) bt Lotte Eriksen (Nor)
11/6, 13/11, 11/8 (33m)
Milou Van Der Heijden (Ned) bt Lisette Eschweiler
11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (20m)
Victoria Lust (Eng) bt Brogan Lane (Eng)
11/5, 11/1, 11/8 (14m)
Nicolette Fernandes (Guy) bt Dagmar Vermuelen (Ned)
13/11, 11/7, 12/10 (24m)
Leonie Holt (Eng) bt Melissa Meulenbelt (Ned)
11/8, 11/13, 8/11, 11/5, 11/9 (47m)
Sina Wall (Ger) bt Haidi Lala (Egy)
11/9, 14/12, 11/7 (30m)
Milja Dorenbos (Ned) bt Gaby Schmol (Sui)
11/9, 10/12, 12/10, 10/12, 11/9 (60m)
Milou & Milja keep Dutch flag flying
The 2010 edition of the Dutch Open got under way at the
Victoria Club with strong Dutch involvement in the men's and
women's events, but the afternoon session saw all but on
fall by the wayside, Milou Van Der Heijden the sole
survivor after a quickfire win over compatriot Lisette
The English trio of Lauren Selby, Victoria Lust and Emily
Whitlock were equally impressive, all coming through in
The men's matches were unkind to the hosts, Jens Schoor,
Robbie Temple and Scott Arnold all progressing at the
expense of Dutch players, while Joel Hinds maintained
the seedings with a hard-fought five game win over Rasmus
evening session started with two more locals on show, but
again no joy. Nicolette Fernandes, just back from the
PanAmerican championships in Guatemala, won an entertaining
match, three close games, against Dagmar Vermuelen,
whose willing running and uncannily accurate guesswork
provided good fun for the spectators, even if they didn't
get the result they hoped for.
Meanwhile England's Leonie Holt was fending off a
spirited challenge from another Dutch youngster. Melissa
Meulenbelt (just "Melissa" on her shirt) battled all the
way, taking a two-one lead and narrowly falling short in a
comeback from 10/5 in the decider.
"Not my finest hour," admitted Leonie, "but at least I'm
still in the draw, that's the main thing.
Wall was "very nervous at the start" of her match with
Haidi Lala. "When you're playing a young Egyptian you know
you're going to have a tough game." And so she did - three
games, but Haidi, just 15 and playing her first WISPA event
outside of Egypt, had leads of 9/6 in the first and 6/3 and
10/8 in the second. The German number one didn't make the
same mistake in the third, opening up a 9/2 lead, which she
needed as Lala mounted a comeback that fell just short.
"It's a pity to lose such a close match," she said, "but
Sina is a lot more experienced than me, and it's nice to
know that I can compete with players of her standard."
The last women's match of the day was the longest, and the
most exciting, as Milja Dorenbos upset the seeding to
oust Gaby Schmol in a five game thriller.
sneaked the first, saw a 10/8 lead disappear as Schmol
levelled, sneaked the third and then missed out on a match
ball in the fourth as Schmol survived again.
At 6/2 to the Swiss in the decider it looked all over. "I
really thought I was going to lose then," said Milja, "but
then I thought no, I'm not going to lose this match, I've
already put too much into it."
And back she duly came, levelling at 9-all and taking the
match 11/9. "That's the closest match I've ever played in,"
said the delighted, and mightily relieved, victor.
The men's matches resumed with comfortable wins for
Dutch-based Australian Steve Finitsis and Dutch
number three Piedro Schweertman, both needing just
the three games to see off Lewis Walters and Frank Hartkoren
The final two matches both saw the seedings upheld, but
neither Julien Balbo or Kashif Shuja had it
Balbo looked in control for two games against Ben Ford, but
the Englishman fought back strongly to take the third and
led for most of the fourth before Balbo just pipped him to
"He had a pretty bad start and I had a good one," said
Balbo, "but then he changed his game and I was too
impatient. He's a very skilful player, you can't try to
finish it too quickly against him.
"We've played better matches than that in the past, but I'm
just happy to get through."
Shuja, the Dutch-based Kiwi, started slowly against
Sebastian Weenink, but managed to come back to take the
first game. Weenink battled hard to take the next two games,
but he'd put everything into it, and the smooth and
economical Shuja regained the ascendency to take the final
"He's a good young player, and I've seen him improve a lot
I've been in Holland, so I was quite wary at the start,"
explained Shuja. "He took advantage of that and played well.
In the end it became a bit of a grind, I was quite lucky to
win that really."
Even at 10/2 in the fifth though, Weenink was still trying
his heart out, but despite pulling a few points back it
wasn't to be as the ninth Dutch player exited the