Christine Seehofer’s Historic Weekend

Christine Seehofer

Whether she’d like to admit it or not, it’s been a historic weekend for Christine Seehofer.

The World No.1 not only won the King of Rackets title but also took home the Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles crowns at the World Doubles Championships.

Those two World titles take her total number to 11, moving her to the top of the all-time World Championship titles list for female players.

She leapfrogs the previous all-time leading female, Michaela Bjornstrom, who has 10. Seehofer is now also just two behind all-time racketlon leader Mikko Karkkainen.

“I’m not looking for things like that. I’m just playing”

Seehofer though, admitted that she does not play racketlon for the records, explaining after winning the Mixed Doubles title that she wasn’t even aware that she was nearing the top.

“I’m not looking for things like that. I’m just playing”, the World No.1 confessed.

Regardless, her achievement cannot go unmentioned as she enters the racketlon history books as the most decorated female player of all time.

Seehofer has won five Women’s Doubles World titles, two Mixed Doubles, two Singles and two Teams.

Christine Seehofer won the Women’s Doubles title with Bettina Bugl and Mixed Doubles title with Dan Busby.

Overall it was another flawless weekend for Seehofer, who won every match she competed in at the King of Rackets and World Doubles Championships.

“I’m just very happy”, Seehofer said after winning the King of Rackets. “It’s been great, it’s a great tournament here.

“It’s a Super World Tour tournament – one of the biggest and it’s very nice. The location is very nice, the people, and the organisation is perfect.

“It was very satisfying of course that I won all categories. A wonderful weekend.”

In the final of the King of Rackets, Seehofer faced Zuzana Severinova in a repeat of the IWT Czech Open. It was a similar storyline to Prague, with the World No.1 defeating Severinova before tennis.

“I won table tennis and badminton very high so only needed 13 points in squash”, Seehofer reflected on her final performance. “My goal was to make the 13 points and when I made it I thought, “yeah, I’ve done it.”

Christine Seehofer defeated Zuzana Severinova in the King of Rackets final before tennis. (Image: Inge Omey)

This year was unique for the King of Rackets as it hosted the World Doubles Championships as well. This meant that the tournament was four days this year, instead of the usual three.

“Everybody can feel that it’s the fourth day today,” Seehofer chuckled after her Sunday win. “Everyone is tired after the other three days before. It was very satisfying of course that I won all categories. A wonderful weekend.”

Once again though, the King of Rackets delivered a high-quality tournament, maintaining its reputation as the leading annual tournament on the FIR World Tour.

“Yeah of course,” Seehofer replied when asked whether she’d enjoyed her four days in Belgium. “It’s a beautiful centre here and we’re staying at Inge’s place which is also very nice. A big thanks to Inge. Maybe we’ll get to play some padel later as well which is great.”

After a short summer break, Christine Seehofer will return to the FIR World Tour at the end of August for the SWT Austrian Open.

The World Doubles Championship tournament report is available here and the King of Rackets report is available here.

Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer

Image Credit / Inge Omey

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