German National Squash Champs  22-25 May 2015  Wurzburg  

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TODAY at the German Nationals
Sun 24th, Day THREE:

Day Three at TSC Heuchelhof and it's semi-finals day ...

[3] Jens Schoor 3-2 [2] Raphael Kandra
              11/8, 3/11, 11/8, 9/11, 12/10 (87m)

[1] Simon Rosner 3-0 [5] Valentin Rapp 
                11/1, 11/4, 11/3 (31m)

 [5] Sina Wall 3-0 [1] Franziska Hennes
                11/4, 11/9, 11/9 (30m)

[2] Annika Wiese 3-0 [6] Silvia Schnellrieder
               11/9, 11/0, 11/4 (21m)


Jens wins thriller to reach final

The first men's semis was a real thriller, as second and third seeds Raphael Kandra and Jens Schoor battled it out for almost an hour and a half.

In the first three games one or the other was in charge, with Schoor taking the first and third, Kandra the second - although Jens made him sweat, almost pegging back a 6-0 and 7-2 lead.

At 7-4 in the fourth - on a very harsh stroke, I have to say - Jens looked to be closing in on the final, but as the tough rallies continued a fired up Raphael fought back to lead 9-8 before taking it 11-9 with a loud "C'mon!" as he levelled again.

There was nothing to separate them in the decider, the rallies more patient now as they both waited for openings. At 9-all Raphael though he had a match ball as Jens' dropshot was called down, but a let was played.

Jens got a match ball at 10-9 as Raphael scuffed a drive, but Jens then volleyed into the tin for 10-all. A drop into the tin gave Jens a second chance, and in the next rally he drove the ball deep into the corner giving Raphael no chance of returning - Jens was in the final.

"That's one of my bigger wins in the last few months," said Jens, "but this one was special because it's the Nationals.

"We both had spells where we were in control, he played well in the second but I got it back in the third, but it was a tough match with many hard rallies and lots of difficult decisions for the referees, who I think did well overall, to make.

"It's normally very close between us, maybe a couple of years ago I won most but he's been winning more recently so I really wanted to win to to get to the final, to show I was still there, and that I'm at least as good a number two for the national team."

Rosner returns to final

Top seed and eight-time defending champion Simon Rosner returned to the final with a straight-game win over Valentin Rapp.

The result was never in doubt, although the youngster gave his all and forced the world number seven to work hard in each game - even in the 11-1 first there were a number of tough, entertaining rallies, mostly won by Rosner of course.

"It was a good match, he's had some great results and is knocking on the door of the national team," said Rosner. "Patrick [Gassler] is doing a great job in Stuttgart producing a lot of new talent, we need more like that in Germany.

"The score doesn't really reflect the standard of the match, we had some really hard rallies, so it's good to get a match like that before tomorrow's final."

Sina dethrones Franziska

The first semi-final of the day pitted defending champion Franziska Hennes against her predecessor Sina Wall in a repeat of last year's final and what many thought would be the final had Sina's ranking not dropped through injury.

Both started nervously with errors dominating the first game. Sina took a 4-1 lead but was pegged back to 4-5 before taking six points in a row to take the lead 11-4.

The second was close all the way as both started to find their game and the rallies lengthened. Sina was always a point or two ahead, but was caught again at 9-all.

A return of serve boast brought up game ball and a final long rally ended with a Hennes tin for 2-0 to Sina.

Sina controlled the start of the third, pinning Franziska deep into the backhand corner to force errors or weak returns, and at 7-0 it looked all over.

To her credit Franziska fought back well, got as close as 4-7 and 7-9, but another winning boast and a deep drive from Sina ended her reign as champion.

"That feels very good," said a delighted Sina. "There was a lot of pressure on my side, we've had a lot of battles in the past couple of years, I won most of them except the important one, last year's final.

"I stuck to my game plan and it was working, but she pushed hard at the end of the third, I was very relieved to win that one.

"This was my main target for the year, one step closer ..."

Annika takes charge

No upsets in the second women's semi as second seed Annika Weisa from 5-8 down in the first to take charge of her match against Silvia Schnellreider, yesterday's surprise winner.

Silvia was playing well, but Annika started to find the range with her shots and from 7-9 down she took the next 15 points to take complete charge of the match, with Silvia unable to make an impression.

"I was surprised to be down in the first," said Annika, "but I knew that winning that one was important for the rest of the match.

"So I just tried to do what my coach told me and keep the pace fast, but she's a very good retriever, it was difficult!

"I was relieved to win the first and that made me relax and play more confidently in the next two games, and she started making a few mistakes.

"I lost in the semis last year so it's great to get to my first final!"


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