Gold and Silver for Seehofer
On the third day of competitions at the 2. FIR European Racketlon Championships presented by Babolat, Christine Seehofer had entered the court with the goal of winning the title of Elite European Champion for the first time. Two opportunities presented themselves to the 22-year-old from Pottes – and she was able to make of the first right away: Aside German Natalie Paul, she took the title ENGEL Womens A Elite Doubles. The pair Seehofer/Paul had already triumphed at the World Championships 2016 and decisively won all four games in the Round-Robin schedule. Nicole Eisler (SUI) and Zuzana Severinová took Silver. Bettina Bugl (AUT) and Lieselot De Bleeckere secured a narrow win in the duel for Bronze – three teams were able to gain one victory each. In the end, the higher difference in points determined the win for the Austrian-Belgian pair.
First Defeat of the Season for Seehofer
At 8:30pm, Mixed Gold was at stake for Seehofer with Lukas Windischberger, as they started the ÖTTV Mixed A – Elite Doubles competition. Amke Fischer (GER) and Kasper Jønsson (DEN) wanted to prevent an Austrian home victory. Table Tennis (21-17) and Badminton (21-13) went to Fischer/Jønsson; ahead of the third discipline Squash, the RFA aces stood with their backs against the wall, with a 12 points gap.
Fischer was at first able to build up a lead in Squash, but Seehofer handed over at 11-9. Windischberger finished with a 21-18 win, summarising afterwards: “We sure aren’t favorites in Tennis anymore!” A return mistake on the side of Seehofer leading to 13-10 sealed the defeat for the Austrians.
“It was a deserved victory for our competitors. In Table Tennis, a win would have been possible, and in Squash, we need to win higher to have a chance. It just wasn’t meant to be this time,” analysed Seehofer after her first-ever defeat of the season. In her four tournaments of 2017, the World-number-one-ranked player had won in Singles, Doubles and Mixed competitions.
Jønsson came to become European Champion
“I am glad to have my first Gold medal in my pocket,” said Kasper Jønsson after the match. Tomorrow, in the teams competition and on Sunday in the Finals, he is hoping for more to come. The Dane had lost his drive after his compatriot and Racketlon tour dominator Jesper Ratzer stopped retired. “It had always been my goal to beat Ratzer before he quits. When he stopped, my motivation was gone. Since a few months, I have been training fully again. I came to Vienna to become European Champion. After all these games, I’m already tired and I have a strong opponent tomorrow in the quarter final, with Michi Dickert. Let’s what I can do.”
Besides Dickert, who is set to play against Jønsson, the Men are scheduled on Saturday to play their quarter final matches in the ECO SECURE Men A – Elite competition. Morten Jaksland (DEN, 3) – Ray Rykowski (POL), Georg Stoisser (AUT, WC) – Janez Makovec (SLO, WC) and Lukas Windischberger (AUT, 1) – Leon Griffiths (GBR). The ESS ENGINEERING SOFTWARE STEYR Women A – Elite competition with Christine Seehofer (AUT, 1) and Bettina Bugl (AUT, 4) is also commencing on Saturday.
The Amateur Doubles European Champions have been established
Further victories were established on the third day of the 2. FIR European Racketlon Championships presented by Babolat: In the ASVÖ WIEN Mixed B – Amateur Doubles, Swedish Emmie Danielsson/Michael Persson won Gold ahead of Finnish Terhi Virtanen/Otto Tennila. Bronze went to Adeline Kilchenmann/Danijel Batinic (SUI). Jiří Egermaier/Michal Horácek (CZE) took the title in the CITY & COUNTRY CLUB Men B/C – Amateur Doubles. In the Final, the Czechs beat Pieter De Bleeckere/Marco Genzel, who had previously triumphed over the pair Jürgen Melzer/Christoph Krenn. Bronze went to Thomas Philipp/Nicolas Bernard Sene (FRA).