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HP Beach Open | Men
  23/08/2011 - 28/08/2011

Dutch team Nummerdor/Schuil beats top seed in The Hague

Dutch Richard Schuil (left) blocking Poland's Grzegorz Fijalek
The Hague, the Netherlands, August 26, 2011 – Dutch Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil are one of four teams that remained unbeaten at the Swatch World Tour HP Beach Open on Friday. In the third round of the double elimination main draw the former indoor internationals surprised top seeded Grzegorz Fijalek and Mariusz Prudel from Poland. Also unbeaten are second seeded Ricardo Santos/Pedro Cunha from Brazil, Russia’s Yaroslav Koshkarev/Konstantin Semenov (5th seeded) and Czechs Petr Benes/Premysl Kubala (6th).

Usually Nummerdor and Schuil are slow starters, but on home turf they took the lead against Fijalek/Prudel right away. Whenever Poland put the pressure on, Nummerdor had great digs and the audience on centre court saw some excellent rallies. The Dutch secured the first set after three set points, in the second they needed two attempts: 21-18 21-16. “It went pretty easy today”, Schuil said. “They are usually hard to beat. They play really consistent and are fourth on the world ranking. But it was a good match from our side. But this team will be back, they are certainly candidates for the title.” The Poland team is indeed still in the race after eliminating third seeded Marcio Araujo/Benjamin Insfran from Brazil in the loser’s round Friday evening.

Schuil is a bit disappointed that Brazil’s Alison/Emanuel and USA’s Dalhausser/Rogers are not competing in The Hague. “I would have liked to have them here in my own country. I always like to play the top teams and we have not lost to the Americans this year yet. But we would like to play the final anyway and we can if we keep playing our own game.” The Dutch, three-time European champions, had a sluggish season, not winning any medals yet.

Title defender Casey Jennings was eliminated on Friday and finished 17th with his temporary partner Casey Patterson. Jennings won gold with Kevin Wong last year, but Wong backed out right before the tournament and Patterson stepped in. They lost to Marcio/Benjamin in the loser’s bracket. “We did not play that well, they did. But we had fun though.” Jennings thinks it is nice to have a tournament without the top three for once. “Now every one can win. It will be hard to predict the gold. I hope it is going to be the Dutchies.”

Former world and olympic champion Ricardo and his new partner Pedro Cunha made it to the fourth round by beating USA’s Jacob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal (21-16 21-18). The Brazilians play together since Stare Jablonski one month ago and already won a gold medal in Klagenfurt. Cunha: “There is good chemistry between us. It went really fast. But we were also lucky that our first two tournaments were Grand Slams. We were very bad in pool play, but once we were in main draw we played better. If those tournaments had been double elimination we would have ended last. Like we lost to Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo last week. We needed those warm-up matches. So now we focus more in the beginning of the tournament and that worked out well this week.” For Cunha this is his first visit to The Hague, Ricardo finished 13th in 2009 with Pedro Solberg.

Fourth seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena are out of the tournament, after losing to fellow Americans Gibb/Rosenthal. Besides Gibb/Rosenthal and Fijalek/Prudel, Dutch Emiel Boersma/Daan Spijkers and Italy’s Lupo/Nicolai are still in the loser’s bracket. The fourth round matches are Benes/Kubala – Cunha/Ricardo and Nummerdor/Schuil – Semenov/Koshkarev. Cunha/Ricardo and Nummerdor/Schuil are both leading 1-0 in the head-to-head results.

After the fourth round and two loser’s rounds the semifinals for both genders are also played on Saturday. The finals of the third edition of the double gender $380,000 HP Beach Open are scheduled for Sunday. After the Netherlands the final World Tour event for the men is in Agadir, Morocco from October 4-9. This tournament concludes the 2011 pre-olympic season.   
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