•  German National Squash Champs • 22-25 May 2015 • Wurzburg •  

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TODAY at the German Nationals
Fri 22nd, Day ONE:

The German Nationals kicked off with Men's and Women's first rounds at the  first round at the TSC Heuchelhof.

In the men's draw all sixteen seeds won through to the next round, the closest to an upset coming when Felix Auer, seeded #12, had to fight back from two games down to beat Phillip Kern in just over an hour.

According to the seedings the closest match, which finish last of all, was #16 Lucas Wirths v #17 Hendrik Vossing.

Wirths won in straight games - although the third took some winning - to set up a meeting with top seed and defending champion Simon Rosner.

Eight-time defending champion Rosner played wildcard and #32 seed Patrick Gassler, and gained revenge for his last defeat by a German player nine years after the event!

Stories: Revenge is a dish best eaten cold

It was a similar story in the women's draw with seven of the top seeds winning through to tomorrow's quarter-finals, although top seed and defending champion Franziska Hennes had her work cut out, beating #16 Dominique Hattler 11/9, 11/8, 11/8.

The single upset came in the last match of the round. Seventh seed Mareika Omlor had requested a later match due to exams earlier in the day and a long journey here.

Reigning German junior champion Nele Hatschek, ranked 10th, took full advantage as she won in straight games to become the only unseeded player in tomorrow's main draws.

In the evening session it was the first round of the Rösner Backstube Cup (the Men's 'B' event), which finished with a cracking match between Friedhelm Lütz [#17] and Guenter Brantz [#16], Lutz saving several match balls before winning 16-14 in the fifth - a really good end to the day.



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