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Atkinson confirmed for Dutch Open

Vanessa Atkinson has confirmed her entry for the Dutch Open Squash 2010, which will take place from 16-21 November at Victoria Squash in Rotterdam.

The 34-year old Dutch ace will be one of the prominent stars during the prestigious squash championship in Rotterdam. The 12-time national champion announced her retirement from professional squash in May 2011 only a few weeks ago, during the Soho Square Women’s World Open in Sharm El Sheikh, and the Dutch Open will be her last international appearance on home soil.

Atkinson is currently enjoying a rich spell of form. The 2004 World Champion slipped to 15 on the September WISPA World Ranking, her lowest position since 1999, but has bounced back strongly since by winning the US Open title last weekend, finishing runner-up of the Irish Open early last month and reaching the quarter finals of the World Open in Egypt.

As a result the highest ranked Dutch player, who claimed a historic European Team title earlier this year with her compatriots Annelize Naudé, Orla Noom and Margriet Huisman, will find herself back in the top-10 on next month’s (November) ranking.

Tournament director Tommy Berden is naturally upbeat about the participation of his illustrious compatriot: “We are delighted that Vanessa is competing in our event. Not only is she the best Dutch player ever, but she is also back in great form. We are looking forward to seeing her in action one more time during the Dutch Open and we are expecting many Dutch fans to visit the event to give her an impressive farewell which she deserves.”

The third biggest squash tournament in Europe in 2010, the Dutch Open will feature a PSA 3 Star event and a WISPA Silver 20 competition, which will attract some of the world’s best male and female players to Rotterdam, also known as the ‘City of Sports’ in Holland.

The Dutch Open Squash 2010 offers a total prize fund of US$55,000 as well as valuable world ranking points for competitors from all over the world.

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