Dutch bow out as quartet of Englishmen progress on DPD Day One
After an absence of eight years, world class squash returned to the Netherlands as Round One of the DPD Open Squash took place in Eindoven. Today’s matches were split between the DPD Centre and Squash Time, with all matches from round two onwards at the DPD Centre.
There was no joy for the Dutch players today, with Tessa ter Sluis, Milou van der eijden and Roshan Bharos all falling, but the crowd enjoyed the return of long time Dutch-resident Nicol David as she beat world junior champion Rowan Elaraby.
Upsets in the women’s matches as Rachael Grinham turned back the years to beat Olivia Blatchford Clyne in five games and Hollie Naughton recorded her first win over Emily Whitlock, also in five.
In the men’s draw Chris Simpson was the only player to upset the seedings as he beat long time rival Tom Richards, and he was one of four Englishmen to progress, Declan James beating world junior champion Mostafa Asal in strait games while James Willstrop and Daryl Selby both scraped through in five.
The top eight seeds join the action for round two, which is split over two days.