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Of Kings and Queens

This year 9 Swiss Racketlon players attended the 27th edition of the King of Rackets. Some players went in to the tournament with high expectations others had to lower their expectations due to sickness. Even though there was no Swiss Queen or King in the end, the Swiss team went home with some medals. 

Friday started as usual, with the doubles and mixed categories. Esther Dübendorfer had a really frustrating start losing both her Women‘s Doubles and her Mixed Doubles in the famous Gummiarm. At the end of the day she at least won her second women-s doubles match against Susan Rutschman and Dara Ladner.

In the Elite Doubles event Benjamin Gränicher and Cédric Junillon paired up together. After losing their semis against Hougaard/Jaksland they went on an secured the bronze medal. Gränicher was close to win a second bronze medal in the Mixed Doubles with Zuzana Severinová; still they got a good 4th place. Nicole Eisler was the second Swiss playing in the Elite Mixed, losing her first match with her partner Dan Busby by only one point against the later finalists. But, she got a little consolation by winning the bronze medal in the Women‘s Doubles.

In the Mixed B doubles, Nicolas Lenggenhager put on a strong performance with his Russian partner Maria Morozova, only losing against the eventual winners. Valentin Henin reached a respectable fourth place with his German partner Tobias Hausen.

On Saturday the singles events started, where the Swiss team wasn’t as successful. Gränicher reached the quarter finals in the Elite Singles with a win against Ternon, but then lost against squash star Dan Busby. 

In the Women‘s Elite, Nicole Eisler had hopes to end the tournament with a podium. But, those hopes were squashed by a strong-playing Bettina Bugl in the quarter finals. In the Women‘s B, Esther Dübendorfer showed a strong performance, even though she didn’t arrive fully fit to the tournament. She started her singles campaign with no ambition, but still ended up in the final, where Maria Morozova was waiting. Unluckily, her illness became too much, and she wasn’t able to play the final. Still, that silver medal was a big success and was in fact the only singles medal for a Swiss player. Valentin Henin, Cédric Junillon, Graham King (not to be confused with „The King“, as the tournament is lovingly known), Dara Ladner, Nicolas Lenggenhager and Susan Rutschmann all fought for a win in their singles, some with more, and some with less luck.

To compensate for the lack of success in the singles classes, some Swiss players were really able to enjoy the great players‘ party on Saturday evening. One might enjoyed it a little bit too much, which meant that some players set a new world record for the across-Brussels-Airport 500m sprint, trying to reach their plane.

Dara Ladner

The Biggest Question

And where are the World Champions in Women +45 mentioned? 

Here, in an extra report! ;-) Esther Dübendorfer together with Izzy Bramhall (GB) were unstoppable in this category! With a solid victory over the silver medal winners from England (Dianne Baker and Jo Shelly) our Swiss/English pair took home the title. Congratulations for this impressive performance!

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Nicole Eisler

The Big Question

How many medals did little Switzerland bring home from the big Racketlon Doubles and Mixed World Championships in Nussloch (Germany)? To say it straight away, the small delegation brought 4 big medals across the border and one victory over the World Champions.

How is that possible? Benjamin Gränicher (for not up-to-date people known as Hampl) together with his partner Dan Busby (GB) competed in the Men’s A Doubles in a group of 5 teams. They unfortunately lost to the later silver and bronze medal winners, but managed to win as the only team against the German pair (Thorsten Deck and Christian Wiessner) and later World Champions. Consequently, our Swiss/English pair finished 4th. This is just another example that a lot is depending on the different profiles.

The situation was much clearer in the Women’s Elite Doubles. The winners of 2016 – Christine Seehofer (AUT) and Natalie Paul (GER) World Championships could defend their title quite comfortably. The big question in this draw was more about silver. Will it be the comeback team or our Swiss/Austrian pair? Nicole Eisler and Bettina Bugl unfortunately didn’t win big enough in table tennis. Even though they played an excellent badminton together they lost in the end by only 4 points ­– but were also happy with bronze and the victory over the German team.

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Two more bronze medals were won by our youngest and the most experienced player: Dara Ladner paired up with another junior, Oskari Laiho from Finnland. The pair seemed to get on well on the court even though they haven’t met before and were happy to end on the podium in the Juniors Mixed U21 category. Graham King stood on the podium as well together with Julian Clapp (GB) in the Men’s +60 Doubles. Rumours say that the secret of his success lies in the fact that he was wearing a right sock for his left foot.

On top of the 3 bronze medals Esther Dübendorfer, together with Bruce Shepherd (GB), won the only silver medal. Comfortably having made their way to the finals they only lost this last match to the clearly dominating pair from England/Hungary (Izzy Bramhall (former Tyrrell)/Levente Nandori).

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After 2 intense days of playing the Doubles World Championships some players went home and some new players came to compete at the IWT Nussloch Open held at the same venue.

Léon Mamié was still fresh and won bronze in the U21 category. He was only 3 points away from winning silver and was a bit disappointed. The way he is focused and skilled with his hands is promising for the future, though.

Bronze seemed to be the most popular colour of the Swiss team this weekend: Nicole Eisler (Women A), Benjamin Gränicher (Men A) and Beat Ladner (Men B) all reached the semifinals and played for bronze in the end ... and won it!!! The clearer it was with Eisler against Anna-Klara Ahlmer (SWE), the tighter it was with Gränicher against FIR president Kresten Hougaard (DEN) (+4) and Ladner with only +1!

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Was there no Swiss gold medal? Luckily this big question Esther Dübendorfer answered with a clear yes: She won in the Women +40 the only Swiss gold medal of the long weekend.

Not only the players have to recover from this event, but also all the mostly young helpers and organisers who did a great job. A very modern venue with an excellent gastronomie and physiotherapie service make definitively worth a visit, even if you don’t win a medal.

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Results Doubles and Mixed World Championships

Results Nussloch Open

Nicole Eisler

Viele neue Gesichter in Burgdorf

Ein neuer Spieler gewinnt gleich die Kategorie A in Burgdorf? Über Benjamin Gränicher wurde bereits im Vorfeld des Turniers viel gerätselt. Die Lösung ist aber einfach: Benjamin Hampl hatte kurz vor dem Turnier geheiratet und heisst jetzt Gränicher – herzliche Gratulation an dieser Stelle! Sein Turniersieg war wie erwartet ungefährdet, lediglich im Tischtennis musste er sich dem zweitplatzierten Claude Näscher um zwei Punkte geschlagen geben. Im Ranking ist Gränicher auf dem Vormarsch und liegt nur noch knapp hinter Patrick Lorenz, der an den kommenden Turnieren die Nr. 1 zu verteidigen hat. Mit einem engen Sieg über Marcel Fässler schnappte sich Beat Ladner im A Platz drei.

Bei den Frauen wurde Dara Ladner ihrer Favoritenrolle gerecht. Rang zwei ging an Newcomerin Cornelia Maurer von den Swiss Squash Legends. Tischtennisspielerin Tamina Grädel belegte dank einem Sieg über Sara Carreira den dritten Rang.

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(v.l.n.r. Sara Carreira 4. Rang, Dara Ladner 1. Rang, Cornelia Maurer 2. Rang)

Extrem ausgeglichen gestaltete sich das B-Tableau in Burgdorf. Léon Mamié, der jüngste Teilnehmer in diesem Feld, zeigte dabei die besten Nerven und erspielte sich seinen ersten Turniersieg in der Kategorie B. Lokalmatador Sascha Meierhans musste sich mit Platz zwei begnügen. Dahinter sicherte sich Patrick Bürgi gegen Philipp Dätwyler Bronze.

Im C kam es zu einem Final unter Clubkollegen. Dabei liess der mit einer Wildcard angetretene Stefan Faschauner Leonard Ladner keine Chance. Mit Faschauner wird in Zukunft auch im B zu rechnen sein. Im kleinen Final setzte sich Christoph Szedlak gegen Michael Maurer durch. Letzterer war somit bestklassierter Spieler der Swiss Squash Legends. Der junge Berner Verein stellte gut ein Viertel des Teilnehmerfeldes in Burgdorf. Swiss Squash Legends wurde vor einem halben Jahr gegründet und bezweckt die Förderung des breitensportlichen Squashsports. Dazu wird unter anderem für Mitglieder und Nicht-Mitglieder ein Saisonturnier organisiert. Zur Diskussion steht auch die Teilnahme an der Racketlon Interclubmeisterschaft. Verstärkung durch die Swiss Squash Legends würde der Berner Racketlon-Szene guttun.

Was seinem Bruder Sascha nicht ganz gelang, setzte Fabian Meierhans in der Kategorie D perfekt um. Im Final bezwang er den ebenfalls stark aufspielenden Denis Bernhard um wenige Punkte. Das Spiel um Platz drei konnte Jan Fluri genauso knapp gegen Riccardo Raimo für sich entscheiden. Somit präsentierten sich Setz- und Rangliste im D identisch.

Beat Ladner

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Aktuelle Rankings (1. Juli 2018)

Herren Einzel
1. Benjamin Gränicher
2. Christian Schäfer
3. Patrick Lorenz
4. Nico Hobi
5. Cédric Junillon
6. André Bandi
7. Michael Strässle
8. Thomas Wegmann
9. Nicolas Lenggenhager
10. Olaf Huber

Damen Einzel
1. Nicole Eisler
2. Esther Dübendorfer
3. Dara Ladner

Junioren U18
1. Yannic Andrey
2. Léon Mamié
3. Leonard Ladner

Die gesamten Rankings findet ihr hier.

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