Unfortunately the England No1 then found the top seed too experienced, too patient and too clever, and Holt was beaten 21-6, 23-21, 21-13 in the final.
Nevertheless these were uplifting performances by the 24-year-old Lancastrian. On Saturday Holt beat the third-seeded Elena Timina, the Russian who led her country to the European team title last April, and yesterday she beat the second-seeded Svensson 8-21, 21-15, 24-22, 21-18 in a thrilling contest.
The Swede's fierce forehand loop penetrated Holt's defences easily in the first game. After that, though, she mixed up the spins, tried to pin Svensson on the back-hand and risked more attacks herself. After Holt had saved a game-point at 19-20 in the third game she knew she could win.
Against Vriesekoop she had only one brief hope - a game- point in the second game at 19-20 but Holt missed it by putting a backhand chop into the net.
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