Fri 2nd, Day THREE
It's England v France
and England v Netherlands again
It's England v France in the men's final for the eighth time in
nine years and England v Holland in the women's for the sixth
time in a row.
England breezed past surprise semi-finalists Germany to reach
their 16th successive final, and France disappointed the large
crowd as the avenged last year's semi-final loss to Holland.
Laurens Jan Anjema put up a great fight against Gregory
Gaultier, but eventually went down in five games by which time
the cause was lost and the last two matches were played as 'dead
England's women have never failed to reach the final, and
tonight was no exception as they beat France with some ease.
wasted no time in despatching Coline Aumard, and while Isabelle
Stoehr battled well, Vicky Botwright was too strong as she too
won in straight games.
Hosts Holland will join them after Karen Kronemeyer beat Laura
Mylotte in style and Vanessa Atkinson won a hard-fought
3/0 win against Madeline Perry.
Day Three GALLERY
Check the results page
for full draws &
England 4-0 Germany
James Willstrop 3-1 Simon Rosner 3/9, 9/1,
9/3, 9/5 (48m)
Adrian Grant 3-0 Patrick Gaessler
9/0, 9/2, 9/0 (32m)
Lee Beachill 3-0 Tim Weber
9/1, 9/0, 9/1 (20m)
Joey Barrington 3-0 Moritz Dahmen
9/0, 9/2, 9/3 (29m)
France 4-0 Netherlands
Gregory Gaultier 3-2 LJ Anjema 4/9, 9/3, 9/3, 7/9, 9/5 (87m)
Renan Lavigne 3-0 Tom Hoevenaars
9/1, 9/1, 9/4 (40m)
Thierry Lincou 2-1 Dylan Bennett
4/9, 9/0, 9/0 (38m)
Julien Balbo 2-1 Lucas Buit
9/7, 9/1 (27m)
Old friends reunited ...
You hang around all day waiting for the semi-finals and then two
come along at once! Despite the fact that the showcourt had been
standing empty for two hours, both men's semi-finals started at
17.00 with four courts in use.
England wasted no time in seeing off surprise semi-finalists
Germany, the only setback being James Willstrop's first-game
loss to Simon Rosner.
Willstrop recovered to win in style, by which time Adrian Grant
had already won, conceding his first points of the tournament.
Lee Beachill swiftly wrapped it up, and Joey Barrington was
almost as ruthless in despatching his Bundesliga team-mate.
Meanwhile the packed crows were cheering on their hero Laurens
Jan Anjema, who gave new world number two Gregory Gaultier a
real run for his money. Gaultier took the fifth easily enough,
by which time Renan Lavigne had already won and Thierry Lincou
was well on the way.
When the French team knew they were safe it was decided to
truncate Lincou's match and the fourth rubber, saving energy for
They missed each other last year, but tomorrow should be a real
cracker, and the 2-1-4-3 playing order for once favours the
got a really good start, and although I didn't do much wrong I
just couldn't get it back. He's improving all the time, and
against someone like him on these courts it's never going to be
easy, it's just so hard to finish a rally.
"I know I keep going on about it, but I think squash needs to
move on from playing on this type of court and play on glass
courts wherever we can.
"Sometimes it feels like we take two steps forward, with the
scoring , courts and promotion, and then one step back. People
want to be entertained, they don't want to watch endless
hand-in, hand-out and long rallies up and down the wall.
gutted to drop those two points!
"Seriously though, it's this types of match where you have to concentrate otherwise you
just make it hard for yourself.
"That's what we're good at, getting on with it and finishing the
job, being fresh for the final ..."
Switzerland 3-1 Denmark Wales 3-1
the heartbreak of last year when I had several match balls to
beat Derek Ryan and put us into the top eight after an absence
of four years, we finally did it.
"It's important for us, and it affects our funding, so we're
very pleased, now we'll see how high we can get."
Jethro just falls short
bounced back from their loss to Germany to keep themselves in
the top eight with this win over the Irish.
It could have been 4-0, but Jethro Binns, having found himself
8-0 down in the fifth to Arthur Gaskin, couldn't quite complete
the comeback as he lost 9/5 in a marathon 94 minutes.
England 2-0 France
Laura Lengthorn-Massaro 3-0 Coline Aumard 9/0, 9/0, 9/4 (17m)
Vicky Botwright 3-0 Isabelle Stoehr
9/3, 9/7, 9/6 (35m)
Alison Waters 3-1 Camille Serme
7/9, 9/0, 9/2, 9/4 (39m)
Netherlands 3-0 Ireland
Karen Kronemeyer 3-0 Laura Mylotte
9/0, 9/2, 9/4 (20m)
Vanessa Atkinson 3-0 Madeline Perry
9/2, 10/9, 9/3 (39m)
Annelize Naude 2-1 Aisling Blake
2/9, 9/5, 9/5 (28m)
Dutch set up another English date
For the sixth time in a row it will be England and Netherlands
in the women's final.
The English team brushed aside France, with Laura Lengthorn
opening up with a comprehensive win over Coline Aumard, who was
making her European Teams debut. Isabelle Stoehr threatened to
prolong the match as she led 6/3 in the third, but Vicky
Botwright put memories of her opening day loss aside as she went
on to clinch the match.
Karen Kronemeyer got the Dutch off to a great start,
overpowering Laura Mylotte, and when Vanessa Atkinson took a
game and a 6/1 lead over Madeline Perry it looked all over.
Perry fought back though, saving three game balls (although
Vanessa was disappointed no to get a stroke on the second one),
eventually conceding the game 10/9 on a stroke.
That was pretty much the match as Atkinson eased through the
third to the delight of her team-mates and the crowd. "I hate
playing dead rubbers," said Annelize Naude ... with a big smile
on her face ...
been out for a while but she showed against Vicky that she's
back to her previous standard, so I knew it was going to be
"The second was crucial, I was feeling tired but after one hard
rally towards the end I saw the look in her eye that told me she
was suffering too, and from 2/0 down it's always very hard to
"This was like a final for us, we had a bit of an easy ride last
year with a few teams having injuries, but we knew we'd have to
work really had to make the final again this year."
nice to get a good result against a strong player. Losing to
Madeline could have knocked your confidence but thankfully we
play in a good team and there's always someone to make up for
you. We work well together and we try to build on our losses.
"Really looking forward to the final now ..."
Belgium 2-0 Switzerland, Germany 2-1 Italy,
Wales 2-1 Spain,
Three little crackers
Three tremendous women's matches for the places immediately
outside the top four, with three nailbiting climaxes.
Belgium got off to a good start when Annabelle Romedenne
beat Gabi Hegi 9/7, 10/8, 9/2, and looked to be cruising to
victory when Kim Hannes went 9/1, 9/7 up against
slim Swiss fought back though, taking the next two 9/3, 9/6. The
decider was close all the way, Kim earned a match ball at 8/7,
Olivia saved that to earn one of her own at 9/8. "This is agony
for a coach," said the watching Swiss coach Mark Woodliffe,
"it's worse than watching my father!".
Eventually Kim took it 10/9 to the joyous relief of the Belgian
Germany too looked to have their match in the bag. Katherina
Witt had won in straight games, so had Manuela Manetta
to level the tie, and Sina Wall was 2/0 up against
The little Italian is a real fighter though, and she came back
to win the third easily, then saved two match balls at 8/6 in
the fourth. The place erupted at 8-all when Sonia slipped, then
played a winner from a sitting position to earn a game ball of
She levelled it, but Sina was on top again in the fifth, and all
the noisy, nervous energy of the Italians was to no avail.
Last ones through were the Welsh. Again it went to the decider -
Xisela Aranda beat Stacey Preece 3/0, Deon Saffery
levelled it wit a 3/0 win over Elisabet Sado, so it came down to
Natalie Pritchard and Stela Carbonell.
The Welsh girl went 2/1 ahead, and as both players virtually
ground to a halt in the fourth, earned herself a couple of match
balls. Stela wasn't moving too quickly now, but given the chance
she was putting the ball away crisply, and Natalie wasn't
helping her own cause with a few unforced errors.
So there we were, at 2-all and all to play for. The decider was
a 9/4 triumph for Welsh determination over Spanish style, but
both girls gave their all and the crowd enjoyed it all
"That was soooooo tough, I'm knackered, but I did it for
Birthday Girl Gemma Davies," said an exhausted Pritchard after
So, it's Belgium v Germany and Wales v Denmark
(who got a bye) in the 5/8 semi-finals while the losers
bizarrely play a round robin for the remaining places.
Sina hits it straight back ...
Sonia gratefully accepts ...
Game ball !!!
and the crowd just loved it ...