Anjema faces tough task at Dutch
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.
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.