Fri 22nd, Day ONE:
German Nationals kicked off with Men's and Women's first rounds
at the first round at the
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.
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
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.
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.
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.