Seehofer beats Kubanova in Austria

Christine Seehofer suprises to take the Austrian Open title with her first ever victory over Zuzana Kubanova in a thrilling final. The Czech world champion was tired after many matches and winning the Men B class. The mens title went to top seeded Kasper Jonsson after a safe victory over Lukas Windischberger. Mixed doubles went to Kresten Hougaard/Martina Meissl, while doubles was won by Christian Austaller and Georg Stoisser. The Champions League plate stays in Austria after Sportunion Racketpoint Vienna beat Union Racketlon Klosterneuburg in an all Austrian final. All results are now online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com

Krenn comeback in Champions League

Champions League defending champions Holbaek Racketlonklub were chance less without their top players Jesper Ratzer and Kasper Jonsson (arrived later) and lost the semifinal against Sportunion Racketpoint Vienna by 132:91. The other semifinal between Union Racketlon Klosterneuburg and Czech Crown Prague was a lot closer, the Austrians around Christian Austaller and Bettina Bugl just won by 6 points. In the final the later champions won all the singles thanks to Michi Dickert, Lukas Windischberger and Christine Seehofer, only the doubles where Christoph Krenn gave his comeback went to Weigl/Barbunopulos. Endscore was 134:103 for Racketpoint Vienna`s 2nd victory after 2010; a score no player guessed, which meant the charity price one week hotel and entry fee package for the European Champs 2017 stayed in the pot.

 

Jonsson with 2nd SWT title

Kasper Jonsson celebrated his 2nd SWT victory on the FIR World Tour in the final over Lukas Windischberger. Surprise third was unseeded Austrian star Christian Austaller, winning the play-off against Morten Jaksland. Two and four seeded Michi Dickert and Kresten Hougaard were already knocked out in their first matches. In mixed doubles Hougaard hit back with Martina Meissl in a thrilling final against Seehofer/Windischberger, who even missed a match point. Men doubles saw the first victory of Christian Austaller/Georg Stoisser on the FIR World Tour.

 

Zuzana wins Men B Class and Women B

Former World Champion Michaela Björnström competed in the men classes several times, because no women classes took place at Finnish Open once in a while. Zuzana Kubanova did both at Austrian Open and even won the Men B class unseeded after very close matches in the semifinal and the final with Vedran Maljkovic. Another Zuzana called Severinova wins the women B class in the final over Lucie Hlavacova.

 

Hungary with 4 titles

In all the other classes there was a mix of winners, with Hungary taking 4 titles in total in seniors +45 by Levente Nandori, in seniors +45 doubles Nandori/Matecsa, in men amateur by Kristof Molnar and amateur doubles thanks to father and son Francia. The Czech Republic took two more titles in mixed amateur by Vancurikova/Kuban and Richard Hobzik (+50), as did Austria thanks to Richard Hule (+55) and Emanuel Schöpf (u21). FIR Vice-President Graham King was successful in +60 and the +40 class went to globe trotter Jason Granville from New Zealand.

 

National TV filmed Champions League final

Austrian Open with improved conditions of 2 badminton mats and new floors in squash is history. Practice possibilities were once again open from Thursday afternoon, approved referees in all sports were on site for all elite matches and there were practically no delays in the time schedule. The new tournament hotel in walking distance was a big help to the players, especially after a long night out after the player’s party at U4 discotheque. Nevertheless hotel as well as airport shuttle was offered free of charge during the whole weekend. The highlight was once again the Champions League final on national TV see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=857OO9dGsDE

 

10 days European Champs 2017

In 2017 Austrian Open will take a pause, instead the biggest ever Racketlon event shall be held as a 10-day European Championships from 25th August to 3rd September at two venues in Austria. The next IWT in Austria will be Vienna Classics from 6th to 8th January 2017, where the registration is now possible on fir.tournamentsoftware.com

 

RFA Vice-President
Marcel Weigl