TODAY in Amsterdam -
Wed 30th, Day ONE
Action got under way with the pool
matches, most of the higher-ranked teams playing two matches on the
10.00 B Swe 3-1 Hun
B Ned 4-0 Swi
D Wal 3-1 Fin
D Ger 4-0 Ita
12.00 A Eng 4-0 Den
A Sco 4-0 Bel
C Fra 4-0 Esp
C Irl 3-1 Aut
G Svk 3-1 Slo
H Ukr 1-3 Lux
14.00 E Isr 3-1 Por
16.00 D Ger 3-1 Fin
D Wal 3-1 Ita
17.00 B Swe 2-2 Swi
B Ned 4-0 Hun
C Irl 1-3 Esp
C Fra 4-0 Aut
F Cze 4-0 Srb
19.00 A Sco 3-1 Den
A Eng 4-0 Bel
10.00 B Den 1-2 Fra
C Wal 3-0 Sco
13.00 B Ned 3-0 Swi
14.00 A Eng 2-1 Irl
A Ger 3-0
C Fin 2-1
D Ita 3-0
D Aut 3-0
19.00 A Ger 0-3 Irl
A Eng 3-0 Esp
B Den 2-1 Swi
B Ned 2-1 Fra
E Bel 3-0 Swe
E Cze 3-0 Gre
Full Results Listing
Day One Roundup
It's "Queens Day" in Holland, everyone has to be in Orange ...
 Wales 2-1  Italy
Alex Gough 1-3 Jose Facchini
9/1, 3/9, 6/9, 3/9
Jethro Binns 3-1 Marko Pareccini
6/9, 10/8, 9/1, 9/1
David Evans 3-1 Andre Torricini
9/2, 8/10, 9/5, 9/4
ERob Sutherland 3-0 Domenico Cerabana
9/2, 9/1, 9/1
 Germany 3-1  Finland
Simon Rosner 0-3 Olli
1/9, 2/9, 7/9
Stefan Leifels 3-0 Mathias Tuomi
9/1, 9/0, 9/6
Patrick Gaessler 3-0 Henrik Mustonen
9/0, 9/0, 9/1
Moritz Dahmen 3-2 Hameed Ahmed
9/4, 7/9, 9/4, 5/9, 9/3
set up Showdown
Two tight battles in Group D, with Wales and Germany both securing
their second wins of the day to set up a winner-takes-all clash
Both matches went down to the wire though, thanks to Jose
Facchini's (world ranking 365) surprise win over Alex Gough and
Olli Tuominen's victory over Simon Rosner in the top strings.
Leading 2-1, it was left to Moritz Dahmen and David Evans to secure
played well this morning to beat Alex, and I'm glad it was 3/0
because I knew Simon was a strong player, I've had trouble with him
Day One GALLERY
"Jose played very well, he was very disciplined, which is unusual
for him. Alex may be suffering after Kuwait, but Jose certainly
"We were resting out two and three for tomorrow, Finland is our big
match, so it's good experience for Andre to play David, but I don't
expect a win.
"I'll hopefully be eligible to play for Italy myself next year, but
I'm not sure I should be playing at number one at my age ..."
Luxembourg 3-1 Ukraine
"We're the bottom
seeds, so it's going to be an upset whenever we win!
"This is our first time in the European Teams, in previous year's
we've played in the Nations Cup so it's great to get a chance to be
with all the best players."
Daniel came from 2-1 to win 10-8 in the fifth
to seal the win for Luxembourg.
Safe start for top two
Men's A: England 4-0
Men's C: France 4-0 Spain
England and France (yes, France are seeded three but we all know who
the top two are) wasted no time in their opening matches, against
Denmark and Spain respectively, both winning 4/0 without dropping a
game, Joey Barrington winning on his England debut.
Peter Barker was delighted to be playing alongside new boy
Joey Barrington: "I didn't get to see any of Joey's game, but it's
really great to be in the same team as him, he deserves it. We've
got a great team spirit - off for a team shower now!"
himself was "Very happy. I was a bit nervous and was concentrating
too much to really enjoy my debut. But it was a good start, and I'm
really looking forward to the next match now."
French coach Andre Delhoste was guarded on his team's
prospects: "Are you going to win this year is what everyone's
asking," he said. "We're not thinking about that at all, it would
just bring bad luck, so we're taking it one match at a time and
we've made a good start."
Men's B: 
Netherlands 4-0  Switzerland
LJ Anjema 3-0 Nicolas Mueller 9/3, 9/3, 9/1
Hosts Netherlands officially kicked off the championships, with
Dutch number one LJ Anjema hitting the first ball on the showcourt
against Nicolas Mueller.
LJ led the way with a 3/0 win, and and the Dutch went on to wrap it
Men's D: 
Wales 3 -1  Finland
Olli Tuominen got the Finns
off to a good start in this match, beating PSA President Alex
Gough in straight games, but the Welsh proved too strong down
the order as they went on top win 3/1.
Alex was unfazed by the loss - "that's what they're there for ..."
Day One Highlights - WOMEN
Denmark 2-1 Switzerland
Line Hansen 3-0 Olivia Hauser
Ellen Petersen 2-3 Gaby Schmol
9/4, 9/4, 7/9 rtd
MarieLouise Peddern 3-0 Gabi Hegi
9/5, 9/5, 9/5
Netherlands 2-1 France
Vanessa Atkinson 2-3 Isabelle Stoehr 9/3, 8/10, 9/1, 0/9, 9/5
Annelize Naude 3-0 Camille Serme
9/7, 9/2, 9/7
Karen Kronemeyer 3-1 Maud Duplomb
7/9, 9/5, 9/0, 9/0
Denmark bounce back as
Isabelle shocks Vanessa
Denmark recovered from their morning setback to beat the Swiss in a
match marred by injury. Line Hansen took the first game against
Olivia Hauser, who then withdrew injured. The Swiss levelled when
Ellen Petersen, leading 2-0 against Gaby Schmol, tripped over her
opponent and twisted her ankle. After some treatment Ellen
continued, but upon losing the third decided enough was enough.
That left it for Marie-Louise Peddern to wrap up the match for the
Danes, with a straight-games win over Gabi Hegi.
Just as England had suffered a setback at number one, so did second
seeds Holland when Isabelle Stoehr turned in a typically gritty
performance to beat Vanessa Atkinson in five. Annelize Naude put the
Dutch level, but when Maud Duplomb stood at 1-0 and 5-all against
Karen Kronemeyer a real shock looked possible. Karen took control
from then on, and didn't concede another point as she put the hosts
back on track for the semi-finals.
"It was a good victory
against Denmark this morning. We lost to them last year when
Isabelle was missing, but she's back and she played very well to
beat Vanessa. Camille played better tonight than in the first match
and Maud played well too.
"It will be a good match against Switzerland tomorrow, but we have a
good chance of making the semi-finals now ..."
Women's A: England
Vicky Botwright 2-3 Madeline Perry 9/2, 3/9, 9/3,
Jenny Duncalf 3-0 Aisling Blake
9/0, 9/5, 9/2
Alison Waters 3-0 Laura Mylotte
9/0, 9/2, 9/4
England's women, who have won this championship every time it has
been contested, suffered an early setback in their first pool match
as Madeline Perry, coming back to full fitness after a long period
of illness and injury, came from 2/1 down to beat Vicky Botwright in
the top string - the first game England have dropped since the 2005
final here in Amsterdam.
Normal order was restored though, as Jenny Duncalf and Alison Waters
wrapped up the opening win for the 30-time champions.
old Madeline's back! I've had a few 3/2s with Vicky over the years
so it's great to come out on top in that one.
"I've got a lot sharper and I'm volleying more, it's getting better
each tournament I play. My squash is back to where it was, I just
need to work on my concentration now, that's still a bit up and down
like it was today - hopefully I'll get lots of practice with all the
matches this week!"
Women's B: 
France 2-1  Denmark
Isabelle Stoehr 3-0 Line Hansen
9/1, 6/9, 9/2, 9/3
Camille Serme 0-3 Ellen Petersen
6/9, 1/9, 8/10
Maud Duplomb 3-1 Marie-Louise Pedersen
3/9, 9/2, 9/0, 9/1
First blood to the French
Third seeds Denmark meet seventh seeds France in what could be a
closer tie than the seedings suggest.
Isabelle Stoehr got the French off to a winning start, but Ellen
Petersen levelled the match with a straight games win over triple
European Junior Champion Camille Serme.
The first upset of the day was completed when Maud Duplomb recovered
from a game down to beat Marie-Louise Pedersen in style.
were surprised when Ellen won, she's lost to Camille the last two
times they played, but Ellen always performs well in the Europeans
and Camille looked very nervous.
"Marie was very nervous too in the decider, she won the first but
couldn't play at her best after that.
"We were hoping for a big result today, and we had a chance, but now
it doesn't look like we'll make the semis like last year - we'd have
to beat Holland, you never know, but it's difficult ..."
Women's B: 
Wales 3-0  Scotland
Deon Saffery 3-0 Frania Gillen-Buchert
9/4, 10/8, 9/2
Natalie Pritchard 3-2 Claire Kidd
7/9, 9/5, 6/9, 9/3, 9/6
Stacey Preece 3-1 Lisa Aitken
0/9, 9/4, 9/4, 9/3
Winning start for Deon
"I became officially Welsh on WISPA
last month," said a delighted Deon Saffery after making a
winning debut for her new country (Deon was formerly English). "I
signed for Wales last October but this was the first chance to play,
so there was a bit of pressure, I'm glad I got through."
thought the girls might have won this morning, they've been working
hard. They did their best and didn't do anything wrong, but it
wasn't to be. It will be tough playing Finland at 14.00 on heavy
legs, but I guess that's what you get for being one of the lower
"The boys played well to beat Belgium 4/0. They have another match
tonight which we'd expect to win, then it's England tomorrow.
"The structure makes it feel like a different competition - in the
old days you'd have a pool of say 1,4,5 and eight with two going
through, but now it's the top 16 playing off, and with only one
going through you really don't want to be in a pool with England!"
women lost 2-1 to Finland