Austrian Open: Seehofer triumphs and premier victory for Genin
Schöpf and Elisabeth Seehofer on Podium
Christine Seehofer won at the 12th Austrian Open – World Tour Finals presented by GRAWE sidebyside in the BMS Women Elite Individual. The world number one prevailed against runner-up, Swede Anna-Klara Ahlmer +22 (TT: 22-20, BA: 21-7, SQ: 21-16, TE: 1: 0). “I am glad that I can finish the season with two wins. I was a little sick and happy that I was able to win quite clearly, even though we still had to play tennis, “said the first of the world ranking, who also won the FIR World Tour Race, the annual Racketlon-Ranking. Finalist Ahlmer finished the season in second place well ahead of her competitors Natalie Paul and Bettina Bugl. Anna-Klara: “A great success for me to reach the final and to force Christine into tennis. After my injury I have not been able to start training before April. I want to challenge her even more next season – I’ll be taking badminton lessons for that.” The winners’ podium was completed by Christine’s sister, Elisabeth Seehofer, who was able to prevail over the French Margaux Randjbar in the qualifying match for the bronze medal.
Schöpf on the winners’ podium
In the ECO SECURE Men Elite Singles, Frenchman Arnaud Genin won the final against Lukas Penttinen, who was seeded as number four, with +15 (TT: 6-21, BA: 21-3, SQ: 21-13, TE: 11-7). The former badminton professional celebrated his first Elite tournament victory on the Racketlon World Tour at the 12th Austrian Open – World Tour Finals presented by GRAWE sidebyside – right at a tournament of the highest category. “A great tournament, a great city and the perfect result – of course I’m very satisfied,” said the champion, who is currently only number 63 of the world ranking, but wants to establish himself among the world’s top Racketlon players in the next season. Finalist Luka Penttinen: “This year I completed my basic military service in Finland so I was not able to train that often. Physically I’m not where I want to be. Arnaud was physically better. The victory was deserved! “Third place in the men’s elite competition went to Emanuel Schöpf, who was able to clinch another top result.
Tournament Director Marcel Weigl: “I am pleased that we were once again able to celebrate such good results for the Austrians at one of the biggest tournaments of the year: Above all – for Chrisi Seehofer, who was able to live up to her role as a favorite despite a cold. Unfortunately, Lukas Windischberger was not quite fit, but Emanuel stood in for him and finished third which is a great result. We’ve seen a new generation of players in the men’s field who will shape Racketlon over the next few years. ”
RFA Press Release 37/2018 (25 November)
Public Relations Officer, Mag. Peter Robič