The Latvian Open Champions 2017 are found after another successfull edition of the tournament was held in the beautiful city of Riga this weekend (7th to 9th July). This was the busiest edition of the tournament so far with 83 players and the total of 133 entries. All results are now online on fir.tournamentsoftware.com
The most successful player of the weekend was German top player Amke Fischer who won “the triple” with victories in Elite Singles, women’s doubles and mixed. In the women’s doubles Amke partnered Austrian Martina Meißl and they proved too strong in the Round Robin draw dropping only one set of tennis against Severinova and Schmitz. Silver went to Kaptein and Eisler while bronze went to Severinova and Schmitz.
In the Mixed doubles Amke partnered FIR president Kresten Hougaard and again they were too strong for the opposition and ended up winning the final against Severinova and Jaksland only needing 1 point in tennis. Bronze went to Griffiths and De Bleeckere.
On Sunday Amke finished of her hattrick by beating Liselot De Bleeckere before tennis with a rock solid performance. The last woman elite singles medal went to Nicole Eisler who won against Martina Meißl in the match for bronze.
First singles title of the season for Dickert
In the men’s elite singles it was a strong field competing for the prestigious wooden Latvian Open trophy. In the first semifinal Benjamin Hampl pulled out the win against Jaksland at 15-14 in the tennis after what Hampl himself called “the best racketlon match of my career”. In the other semifinal Austrian Michi Dickert took out Kresten Hougaard ending the match at 16-7 in tennis. The final was decided by a phenomenal squash performance by Dickert winning 21-3 leaving him to need only 7 in tennis which he claimed at 7-3. Kresten Hougaard took the bronze.
The men’s elite doubles went to Hampl/Griffiths who beat surprise finalists of Sülltrup/De Block who took out first seeded Dickert/Jaksland in the group stage.
Men’s and women’s B titles went to Germans Jörn Sülltrup and Jennifer Schmitz after relatively clear victories.
In the men’s c class another German Sebastian Poddey won after a gummiarm victory in the final against Finnish Ilari Pönkkö.
Home victory for Dzirkalis
In the seniors +40 local Uldis Dzirkalis made a rock solid performance winning the tournament dropping only one set of badminton along the way. The +50 draw was won by Russian Maxim Leviten.
In total a great tournament and a nice party in Riga. The tournament director Zigmars Puikevics stated after the prize giving ceramony: “let’s make racketlon more professional” by that referring to the improved livestreaming setup and the on court referee’s on all center court matches.