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TODAY in Rotterdam

Sat 20th, Semi-Finals
 
It's not quite 'dream finals' in Rotterdam, but with Laurens Jan Anjema set to meet third-time finalist Cameron Pilley in the men's final, and Vanessa Atkinson still on course for a second title in her last appearance in the event, the crowd and organisers went home happy tonight ...

[2] Madeline Perry (Irl) bt [3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
              11/4, 5/11, 11/9, 11/9 (42m)

[4] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
               11/9, 7/11, 12/10, 11/8 (45m)

[2] Cameron Pilley (Aus) bt [7] Chris Ryder (Eng)
               11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (48m)

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt [4] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
                11/5, 11/5, 11/1 (54m)
           

semis photos by Margriet Huisman

[2] Madeline Perry (Irl) v [3] Natalie Grinham (Ned)
              11/4, 5/11, 11/9, 11/9 (42m)

Perry overcomes Grinham

Madeline Perry moved through to the final of the Dutch Open Squash 2010 with a hard fought win over Dutch ‘mum’ Natalie Grinham.

The Irish champion took the first with ease, but was unable to stop the attacking play of her opponent in game two with Grinham junior leveling the score. The third and fourth proved to be close affairs as Perry, the world number 6, and Grinham, the former world number 2 currently ranked 67, traded shot for shot until the end of each of each game with Perry closing them out just a little bit better than the 2009 European champion.

Whilst Grinham can be happy with her performance, showing enormous improvements from her first tournaments as a new-born mother, Perry can look forward to her first Dutch Open final.

 [4] Vanessa Atkinson (Ned) bt [1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
               11/9, 7/11, 12/10, 11/8 (45m)

Atkinson delights Dutch fans

Vanessa Atkinson delighted a packed gallery at Victoria Squash in Rotterdam with an impressive performance against top seed Rachael Grinham to keep hopes for a home winner alive during the Dutch Open Squash 2010.

The 34-year old Dutch star sneaked the opening game, but had to succumb in game two with Grinham moving her around just a little too much for her liking.

The third proved to be decisive with Grinham leading most of the way, but Atkinson taking the honours. The fourth followed the same pattern with Atkinson clinching the final points after some spectacular rallied.

Tomorrow's final between Atkinson and Perry shapes up to be a cracker with the third seeded Dutch ace looking for revenge after losing to Perry, seeded second in Rotterdam, in the Irish Open final just two months ago!

[2] Cameron Pilley (Aus) bt [7] Chris Ryder (Eng)
               11/9, 11/5, 11/8 (48m)

Three in a row for Pilley

Cameron Pilley moved into his third consecutive Dutch Open final, fighting off a spirited challenge by England's Chris Ryder in tonight's first men's semi final.

The big tall Aussie was in blistering form, combining powerful kills, controlled drives and deft drops to deny the seventh seeded Ryder a place in Sunday's climax.

Pilley won the first, a close fought game, then raced away with the second when he seemed to step up a gear halfway through the game. The third was close again, but a tired looking Ryder was unable to match the impressive front court play of the number two seed.

Pilley, the world number 14, takes on either Stewart Boswell or Laurens Jan Anjema tomorrow in his quest to make it 'third time lucky' after losing out to Nick Matthew (2008) and Daryl Selby (2009) in the two previous finals!

[1] Laurens Jan Anjema (Ned) bt [4] Stewart Boswell (Aus)
                11/5, 11/5, 11/1 (54m)

Anjema demolishes Boswell

Laurens Jan Anjema played the match of his life to reach the final of the Dutch Open Squash 2010.

The 27-year old from The Hague was in total control from start to finish against Australia's Stewart Boswell and hardly put a foot wrong as he stormed to a 11-5, 11-5, 11-1 victory.

Anjema's win not only secured him a place in Sunday's final, but it also means that the Dutch champion will find his name back in the world's top-ten for the first time when the next rankings are published on December 1st!

 

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