Victoria Lust surprise finalist in Eindhoven
March 14, 2009, by Tommy Berden, NEXT for SquashTalk.com , Independent News; © 2008 SquashTalk LLC
Normal order was restored tonight during the semi finals of the Forexx Eindhoven Open 2009 when Annelize Naudé and Victoria Lust secured a place in the final of the new WISPA Tour 4 championship in the Netherlands. 32-year old Naudé was the first player to move through to the event’s climax. The tournament favourite shook off a spirited challenge of compatriot Orla Noom to qualify for her first final on the professional women’s circuit since February last year. After sharing the first two games, the third proved crucial in the tense match between the two Dutch players. Naudé used all her experience to secure the important lead and quickly raced away at the beginning of the fourth to clinch a 11-5, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4 victory over her team mate in the Dutch national team.
In tomorrow’s final the world number 36 will face another promising youngster who is enjoying a sensational run of form. The 19-year old Victoria Lust ended the fairytale comeback of Nicolette Fernandes in a close fought match (10-12, 11-5, 14-12, 11-8) to edge one step closer to her maiden WISPA title. Amazingly enough it will be Lust’s fourth WISPA final in as many months, an incredible run which saw her shoot up the rankings from 125 to 62. Tomorrow’s final promises to be a close affair between experience and talent. The pair met once in their career, which was last month during the Swedish Open 2009, with Lust coming out a surprising five game winner.