but two of the world’s twenty-five best male and female players have entered the World Open
Squash 2011, which will take place from 28th October to 6th November in Rotterdam.
The star-studded entry lists are headed by English ace Nick Matthew and Malaysian superstar Nicol
David, the defending champions who currently also hold top spots on the PSA and WISPA
World Rankings. Former world champions Ramy Ashour, Amr Shabana, David Palmer, Thierry Lincou and Rachael Grinham - all of
whom are also former world number ones - are also among the entrants for the biggest squash championship ever.
Dutch interest in the world's premier event, which features the 112 best men and 72 best women in
the world, is led by national champions Laurens
Jan Anjema and Natalie Grinham, who
are seeded to reach the last 16 of the most
important squash event of the year.
years old from the Hague, celebrated a fine
start to the new squash season by reaching the
quarter finals of the prestigious Australian
Open as an unseeded player, before only
narrowly losing out in the final of the Colombian
Open, and will be looking to surpass his
compatriot Grinham, from Almere, has already
reached the final of the World Open four
times, in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009, was ranked
number two in the world for 30 months between
2007 and 2010, and is considered to be one of
the biggest challengers to hot favourite David
despite her current low ranking of 13.
The 33-year old two-time European
Champion returned to competitive action a year
ago after giving birth to son Kieran and is
looking for the highly-sought-after World Open
title that has so far eluded her.
two notable absentees on the entry lists are
Dutch legend and former World Champion Vanessa
Atkinson, still ranked number ten in the
world despite retiring from professional squash
over four months ago, and America’s Amanda
Sohby, the 2010 Junior World Champion who is
ranked world number 20 in the world but has just
started her first year at Harvard University.
draw for the World Open Squash 2011 - which
offers a total prize fund of US$ 418.000, a
record in squash - will be made in
Rotterdam on Monday 10th October at a special
press conference featuring Ahmed Aboutaleb,
the mayor of Rotterdam, and representatives of
the governing bodies PSA and WISPA.
first six days (28th Oct to 2nd Nov) of the most
prestigious squash championship on the PSA and WISPA
World Tours will take place at the renowned Victoria
Squash club in Rotterdam, while the final
stages (3rd to 6th Nov) will be played on a full
ASB Glass Court which will be erected on the
podium of the spectacular New Luxor Theatre in
the Dutch City of Sports.