Wed 1st, Semi-finalists shaping up
One of the Euro Teams, with 43 matches played in the three
divisions, at the end of which most of the highly-fancied
teams are already guaranteed places in the playoff stages,
but elsewhere there's still all to play for.
You can keep up to date with
the streaming from five courts and the live
scoreboards, while we keep you up to date here
and on the blog with a roundup of
the action and, of course, lots of
photos and plenty of
updates on Twitter with the #ETCsquash tag.
Fourth seeds take a hit in opening
All the teams in Division One played their first
matches in the morning session of day one, with the top
three seeds in each of the four divisions all winning
For the men that was England, France and Germany winning
their opening matches 4-0 - although Denmark's Kristian
Frost extended Simon Rosner for 106 minutes, something the
German would pay for in the afternoon - and in the women's
matches England, Ireland and France all won 3-0.
fourth seeds in both men's and women's divisions suffered
setbacks to their nearest rivals though - in women's Pool B
hosts Netherlands beat Germany 2-1, while in men's
Pool A fourth seeds Scotland drew 2-2 draw with Italy,
but the Italians' 8 games compared to the Scots' 7 may prove
crucial when the dust settles and the semi-finals are
That may not be until tomorrow though, as in the evening
session Scotland have a must-win match against Switzerland
while Italy face top seeds England.
Women's semis taking shape
Dutch women came unstuck in their second match against hot
favourites England, although Natalie Grinham took
world number two to a deciding game in the opening match
before the top seeds ran out 3-0 winners in a match that was
a repeat of eight of the last ten finals.
Eighth seeds Belgium produced the biggest seeding
upset so far as they beat Germany 3-0, setting up a crucial
match against the Netherlands tomorrow to decide who goes
into the semi-finals along with England.
Ireland and France made it two straight 3-0 wins each
as they beat Wales and the Czech Republic respectively, but
the French were made to sweat when Lucie Fialova pushed
Camille Serme all the way to 9-all in the fifth before Serme
took the opening match.
Ireland, runners-up last year, play France tomorrow to
decide who tops the group thereby, in all probability,
avoiding England in the semis.
Kim Hannes and her "babies"
England and France
to men's semis
the second round of men's division one matches top seeds
England and France wasted no time in despatching
Italy and Denmark 4-0 to all but assure themselves of
winning their respective pools.
In Pool B Germany were held to a 2-all draw with Spain,
Simon Rosner suffering from his morning marathon as he lost
quickly to Spain's Borja Golan. That leaves it open for
Spain or Germany to join France in the semis.
Pool A remains wide open too, Scotland's 3-1 win over
Switzerland setting Italy a target when they meet the Swiss
tomorrow. Scottish number one Alan Clyne 'avenged' his
morning loss to Marcus Berrett with a fine win over Nicolas
Mueller, but the Italian's two games that they won against
England probably means that a 3-1 win would probably be
enough for them to reach the semis.
In men's division two Netherlands, Finland and Sweden
all assured themselves of top positions in their pools with
two wins, and they will be joined by Wales or Ireland, who
drew their opening match leaving their respective results
against Ukraine to determine the Pool D winners.
day of the biggest ever European Team Championships kicked
off with a ringing endorsement from the World Squash
Dutch Federation marks major milestone
Bond Nederland celebrates its 75th anniversary this week
by hosting the biggest ever European Team Squash
Championships in the Netherlands capital Amsterdam.
The Dutch Squash Federation is the second oldest European
member of the World Squash Federation (after England Squash)
- and will be hosting the historic European Team
Championships, the 41st edition of the event, for the tenth
time since 1978.
More than 50 teams are competing in all three men's and
women's divisions of the European Championships - including
men's championship debutants Estonia and first-timers in the
women's event Latvia and Slovenia.
The championships will take place at the 21-court Frans
Otten Stadion in Amsterdam from 01-04 May.
"The Dutch federation is one of the most active WSF member
nations in Europe as well as being a world leader and we
congratulate them on this magnificent
three-quarters-of-a-century milestone," said WSF
President N Ramachandran, who will be attending the
"Furthermore, our European Squash Federation is celebrating
its 40th anniversary at a time when they are going from
strength to strength," added Ramachandran.
"The fact that the celebrations will also include the
staging of the biggest international team event in the world
- bringing together nations such as Russia, Lithuania,
Latvia and Slovenia with successful countries such as
France, England and hosts Netherlands, joined by smaller
ones such as Luxembourg and debuting Estonia - will make
this week in Amsterdam an extremely special one for our