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10-Nov-09:

Anjema faces tough task at Dutch Open

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) has today announced the draw for the Dutch Open Squash 2009 which will take place from November 24-29 at Victoria Squash in Rotterdam. The championship, which boasts a total prize fund of US$40,000, features five world top-20 players.

Home favourite Laurens Jan Anjema, who won the most prestigious men's tournament to be held on Dutch soil in 2004, starts his Dutch Open campaign against a qualifier.

If the 26-year old from The Hague wins his opening match he will face the winner of Englandís Joey Barrington, the sixth seed, and Mexicoís Eric Galvez in the quarters. The projected semi-final opponent of the four-time Dutch champion, who is seeded two for the PSA 4 Star championship, is Australiaís third seed Cameron Pilley. The world number fifteen is expected to play Englandís Daryl Selby, who is ranked just two spots lower than the Aussie, in his quarter-final.

Top seed Peter Barker from England and Malaysiaís Azlan Iskandar, seeded four, are hot favourites to reach the semi final stage in the top half of the draw, which also features Dutch number two Piedro Schweertman.

Strangely enough Barker and Iskandar are now the two highest ranked players in the strong field after the Malaysian rose an incredible seven places to number 13 in the November rankings, after making the quarter-finals of the Hong Kong Open last month. Barker is currently world number nine and the November rankings mark an unbroken year in the world's top ten for the left-hander from Essex.


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