Fuller wins a thriller, Kandra in
Alexandra Fuller won
the women's title in Kriens, beating top seed Julianne
Courtice in a thrilling battle that ended 12-10 in the fifth
to the South African seventh seed.
In the men's final top seeded German Raphael Kandra
beat Mazen Gamal, the second seed from Egypt, in straight
Sekisui finals are set
It was the end of the road for
giant-killers Dimitri Steinmann and Cristina Gomez in the
semi-finals in Kriens as both fell in the semi-finals to the
Steinmann threatened another upset as he took a 2-1 lead
over Raphael Kandra, but the German recovered to
claim a place in the final, where he'll face second seeded
Egyptian Mazen Gamal, who proved one seed too far for
Kuwait's Ammar Altamimi.
In the women's semis England's Julianne Courtice won
three close games to stop Gomez's run, but the other
semi-final produced an upset as South African Alexandra
Fuller beat second seed Anna Serme in straight games.
Full results in the draws
Steinmann and Gomez continue upsets
qualifier Dimitri Steinmann continues to progress in
Kriens, coming from a game down to beat third seed Iker
Pajares - winner of the Jersey Open - to reach the
He'll face top seed Raphael Kandra, who won his
all-German match against Jens Schoor in four games.
The second men's semi will see second seeded Egyptian
Mazen Gamal take on Kuwait's Ammar Altamimi, who
produced a second successive upset as he beat fourth seed
Chi Him Wong in straight games.
women's semi-finals will also see the top two seeds take on
unexpected opposition - Julianne Courtice beat Sina
Wall in straight games and she'll face Spanish qualifier
Cristina Gomez, who came from one-two down to beat
fourth seed Tinne Gilis.
Second seeded Czech Anna Serme came from a game down
to deny Enora Villard a possible upset, and her semi-final
opponent is South African Alexandra Fuller, a
straight-game winner over third seed Ineta Mackevica.
18-May, Round One:
Steinmann stops Frost
Check the results in the draws ...
There was a big upset in the men's draw as
home qualifier Dimitri Steinmann beat two-time
Sekisui champion Kristian Frost, the sixth seed. A second
upset came as Kuwait's Ammar Altamimi beat Austrian
Open champion Aqeel Rehman.
In the women's draw Spain's Cristina Gomez was
the only player to upset the seedings as she beat Cheyna
Tucker to reach the quarter-finals.
17-May, Qualifying Finals:
What they Said:
Elise Romba bt Gaby Huber: w/o
Cristina Gomez bt Cindy Merlo 3-1
Cristina: Today I felt better than yesterday but my game
hasn't been the best. I wasn't concentrated 100% and Cindy
knows my weaknesses because I started to play against her
when we were younger, like 11 years old hahaha.
For the next one I'll try to do my game more aggressive and
not making mistakes. It's always a pleasure playing against
Cindy, amazing Player and good friend. Nice match ;-).
Ambre Allinckx bt Tereza Svobodova 3-0
Ambre: Really happy that I won my second qualifying match. I
played really good and tried to focus all the time on the
game. Happy with my peformance, was better than yesterday.
Looking Forward for my next match.
Julie Rossignol bt Eva Fertekova 3-1
Julie: Today, I didn't Play my best. I could have played
better but Eva is a good Player and I found it hard to play
I'll do my best against Anna tomorrow and I'm very happy to
made it to through the quali. Very excited for tomorrow.
Sebastien Bonmalais bt Benjamin Fischer 3-1
Sebastien: I'm happy to be in the maindraw and won my last
match against Benjamin Fischer. He is a good player, that
was a good match.
I played well and I have a good feeling. I'm sorry to my
friend Benji, who lost today.
Yannik Omlor bt Benjamin Aubert 3-1
Yannik: The first match was pretty long. After this I guess
he lost a lot of energy because he was ill. I hope that I
manage to win against a seeded Player tomorrow in the
Roee Avraham bt Sean Conroy 3-2
Roee: This was a very intense match. I was 2-0 down in games
and managed to come back to win 3-2. A bit of a weird game
for both of us, but I'm happy I was the one fighting a bit
harder to win today and qualify in my first 10k.
It is great to be here in this weather and great views. I
hope to come stronger for my first round.
Dimitri Steinmann bt Mark Broekman 3-0
Dimitri: I'm happy that I've won today. He is a very
skillful Player and it was hard to read him in the first two
games. In the third I started to straighten it up and was
able to close it out 3-0 in the end.
Looking Forward to Play tomorrow in the main draw.