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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 (Ned)
               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 Eschweiler.

The English trio of Lauren Selby, Victoria Lust and Emily Whitlock were equally impressive, all coming through in straight games.

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 Neilsen.

The 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.

Sina 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.

Dorenbos 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 respectively.



The final two matches both saw the seedings upheld, but neither Julien Balbo or Kashif Shuja had it easy.

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 the post.

"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 two games.

"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 tournament.
 

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