Hello From Hanoi:
Inaugural Squash Event in Vietnam
March 18, 2008, By Staff, SquashTalk.com , Independent
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ARRIVES IN VIETNAM [DRAW/RESULTS]
Just over two centuries ago, 1804 to be exact,
King Gia Long requested that his kingdom be called Nam Viet, but
was turned down by the Chinese dynasty of the time. So, with a
little sleight of hand, Viet Nam it became.
largest ethnic group, Nam, meaning South, Vietnam, as
the name became joined, affirmed independence from China. Since
they, the French and most recently the communists (Cong) have
loosened their grip, WISPA has arrived in the capital Hanoi
as it begins to take off as a major Asian city. Hanoi was once
named Thang Llong, after a mystical soaring dragon, and soaring is
very apt now as the infrastructure is developed apace.
stars viewed Ricefields near Hanoi.
Tournament begins tomorrow. (photo:©2008 WISPA)
the bicycle era, the motorcycle has now really taken over, and with
more and more cars in evidence too. But it is the ubiquitous motor
scooter, along with the hooting, that are the most striking feature
of both the centre of Hanoi and the countryside now. They are
everywhere, seemingly everybody has one if they have upgraded from
their bicycle. Everything from farm produce, industrial materials
to the complete contents of homes are precariously loaded upwards
and outwards of the chassis as they splutter by!
in Hanoi .
with crash helmets becoming compulsory a few months back if anybody ever invites
you to buy
into a share of a helmet shop bite their arm off. Vietnam is the
thirteenth most populous country in the world at a smidgen over
85 million so there are a heck of a lot of scooter drivers! (And
if that business opportunity doesn’t arrive take a slice of a ‘Limp-in
Clinic’ for as the pedestrians weave in the traffic a lot
of feet get ridden over!)
The WISPA Vietnam
Open is the second WISPA Premiere Series event of the year, following
on from January’s Hangzhou Open in China. WISPA has brought the
prize money that it secured to the superbly appointed Hanoi Club,
an oasis of calm amongst Hanoi’s bustle. This ‘city’ country
club features tennis, swimming pool, gym, golf driving range and
two glass backwalled courts.
It is here that top seed Louise Crome from New
Zealand, will try to hold off the Danish challenge of Line Hansen,
and the rest of the players from the seven countries represented.
Meanwhile, local interest will be on view too
as Swede Josefa Bertilsson has been based in Hanoi recently while
her father works in the city.
is so embryonic that the country has these two courts and little
more than a sprinkling of courts at hotels in Ho Chi Minh (formerly
Saigon). There is no squash association yet, but hopefully the
initiation of one will be a legacy of the WISPA promotional event
But first on the eve of proceedings, an opportunity
for the players to put on event T-shirts featuring the national
flag star, together with nons, the local conical women’s
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Historical information PSA Men's Pro Event:
|1996||Jansher Khan||Ahmed Barada|
|1997||Peter Nicol||Jansher Khan|
|1998||Ahmed Barada||Martin Heath||15/5,15/17,15/13,13/15,15/13|
|1999||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15-9, 15-13, 15-11|
|2000||Peter Nicol||Ahmed Barada||15/14, 9/15, 15/3, 15/12|
Historical information PSA Women's Pro Event:
|1997||Sarah Fitz-Gerald||Michelle Martin|
|1998||Michelle Martin||Cassie Jackman|
|1999||Michelle Martin||Carol Owens||9-6, 9-0, 10-9|
|2000||Leilani Joyce||Carol Owens||8/10, 9/7, 9/5, 3/9, 9/5|
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