German National Squash Champs  22-25 May 2015  Wurzburg  

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TODAY at the German Nationals
Sat 23rd, Day TWO:

Day Two at TSC Heuchelhof and by the end of it we'll know the semi-finalists - two rounds of play in the men's draw, one in the women's ...

Today's Matches:

Men's Last Sixteen  - top eight through to quarters

Women's Quarters - top two to face unexpected opposition

[1] Franziska Hennes 3-0 [8] Miriam Bagehorn      11/7, 11/3, 11/4 (22m)
[5] Sina Wall 3-0 [4] Sharon Sinclair                   14/12, 11/8, 11/8 (32m)
[6] Silvia Schnellrieder 3-1 [3] Nicole Fries 11/8, 13/11, 9/11, 11/5 (35m)
[2] Annika Wiese 3-0 [10] Nele Hatschek             11/6, 11/7, 11/5 (19m)

Men's Quarters -Rapp reaches first semi-final
[1] Simon Rosner 3-0 [8] Florian Silbernagl          11/3, 11/0, 11/4 (22m)
[5] Valentin Rapp 3-1 [4] Carsten Schoor   12/10, 5/11, 11/3, 11/9 (62m)
[3] Jens Schoor 3-1 [6] Rudy Rohrmuller    11/5, 12/14, 11/7, 11/4 (44m)
[2] Raphael Kandra 3-1 [7] Lennart Osthoff  11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/1 (33m)


Men's Quarters:
Rapp reaches first semi-final

The men's quarter-finals in the bottom half of the draw both went to seeding, although Raphael Kandra and Jens Schoor both needed four games to see off their opponents.

First up was second seed Kandra, runner-up in the last two years, who beat Paderborn team-mate
Lennart Osthoff 11/7, 11/5, 8/11, 11/1.

"We play each other a lot, so he knows what to do against me and where to play the ball," said Raphael.

"I know his fitness isn't quite there so I tried to extend the rallies and make it as hard for him as I could. It worked out in the end, and I didn't expend too much energy for the semis."

Schoor beat Rudy Rohrmuller 11/5, 12/14, 11/7, 11/4 and looked in charge apart from a really tough second game which featured a good amount of coming togethers and - from my viewpoint - a few strange refereeing decisions too.

"The second could have gone either way, so I could have won 3-0, but he played some really good shots in that tiebreak," said Jens.

"It was a really good match though, and credit to him, he's been injured and hasn't trained as much as he'd like but played well.

"I've already had matches on the glass court so that worked to my advantage too.

"We've played some tough matches this season and it's two-all, but the Nationals is the one you want to win and I really wanted to keep my record of reaching at least the semi-finals [since 2006] going."

In the top half of the draw eight-time defending champion Simon Rosner finished off the night with a straightforward  11/3, 11/4, 11/0 win over Florian Silbernagl, knowing that he would face a surprise winner in tomorrow's semi-finals.

"It's so unusual, and such a nice feeling to be playing at home and not having to travel and live out of Hotels," said Rosner.

"I feel good, I'm playing well and with the finishing line in sight I'm feeling comfortable. Hopefully two more days, two more matches to go.

Fifth seed Valentin Rapp was appearing in his first-ever quarter-final, having finished 10th in the last two years, took the match to fourth seed Carsten Schoor from the outset.

Rapp, the 22-year-old from Stuttgart, delighted his supporters on the front row by taking the first game 12/10, and although Schoor struck back to level it was Rapp who edged ahead again, retaking the lead 11/9.

In the fourth Rapp earned four match balls at 10-6, and needed all four of them before he finally drove a ball too deep for Carsten to retrieve and the celebrations could begin.

"I really didn't expect to win." said a delighted Valentin.

"I'm working on my Bachelor thesis for ten hours a day five days a week and I haven't been able to train as much as I'd like. Also, I beat Carsten once but he's beaten me 3-0 every time since that.

"Since this was my first quarter-final it feels great to make it though to the semis!

"I think the secret was that my friend and I went to a furniture store this afternoon and tested out a4,000 bed for a couple of hours!"


Surprises in Women's Quarters

While the top two seeds Franziska Hennes and Annika Wiese made it through to the semis in straight games, both will face unexpected oppotition in the last four.

Hennes, the two-time defending champion, beat Miriam Bagehorn 11/7, 11/3, 11/4 and was happier with today's performance, having made hard work of yesterday's first round..

"I struggled a bit yesterday," she said, "I wasn't really there but I playe
d much better today."

In the semis she'll face familiar opposition in Sina Wall - the pair have contested the last two Nationals finals. 

Topping the German rankings up until Christmas, Sina missed the last three ranking events and dropped to number five, so although her 14/12, 11/8, 11/8 win over fourth seed Sharon Sinclair was against the seedings, she was the favourite going into the match.

"She's a very good player and she's on the National team," said Sina.

"So I knew it wasn't going to be easy but the pressure was on her rather than me. Taking the first was crucial and I was happy to get through in three games."

Wiese, who moved into her third consecutive semi-final with a 11/6, 11/7, 11/5 win over yesterday's giantkiller Nele Hatschek, will bid to reach her first final against
Silvia Schnellrieder

The sixth seeded Schnellrieder reached her first semi-final by upsetting upset third-ranked Nicole Fries 11/8, 13/11, 9/11, 11/5 and was delighted with her unexpected win.

"I've played Nicole three times before and always lost," admitted Silvia.

"So to win in my first ever match on a glass court, and in the quarter-finals of the Nationals, I'm so delighted!"

Men's Round Two - top eight through

No surprises in the first session of the day as the men's top eight seeds all made their way through to this afternoon's quarter-finals.

For the most part it was plain sailing, although second seed Raphael Kandra had a tough match against Johannes Voit, dropping the second game 12/14 before taking it in four.

No surprise that the match between 8th and 9th seeds Florian Silbernagl and Ben Petzoldt was the closest and longest match, with Siebernagl edging home 11/9 in the fourth on a "Kein Let" followed by a "Doppelt", both disputed by his disappointed opponent.

The draw system (story coming up later) means that Silbernagl's reward is a match against top seed Simon Rosner in the quarter-finals.


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