With two of the three events in the Victor Racketlon Series complete, it’s time we brought you the updated standings.
Morten Jaksland leads the Men’s Singles standings with Zuzana Severinova leading the Women’s Singles.
Poland is dominating the Challenger Series standings with Michal Kurek topping the Men’s and Katarzyna Myslek currently No.1 in the Women’s. Denmark’s Philip Pedersen is co-leader alongside Kurek.
Finally, Frank Kleiber is leading the Seniors category, in a hugely competitive field.
The IWT Malta Open is the final tournament in the Victor Racketlon Series Standings, and is where our champions will be crowned.
Every man who entered a men’s category at the IWT Berlin Open and IWT Latvian Open is automatically entered into the Men’s leaderboard.
After two events, Morten Jaksland leads the way with 1,913 points, closely followed by fellow Dane Kresten Hougaard on 1,800. With both confirmed to be playing in Malta, it looks like a straight shoot-out between the duo for the title. This is because Rav Rykowski, who is in 3rd, is already back on 1,125 points, nearly 800 points behind leader Jaksland.
Loic Cencig and Michal Kurek are the other two players to make it into the top-five, after playing at both previous tournaments. Neither are currently entered in the IWT Malta Open but that could change if they want to chase a podium finish.
Every woman who entered a women’s category at the IWT Berlin Open and IWT Latvian Open is automatically entered into the Men’s leaderboard.
As with the Men’s standings, the Women’s leaderboard also has two front runners; Zuzana Severinova and Anna-Klara Ahlmer. Severinova currently leads with 2,081 points after winning the IWT Latvian Open while Ahlmer is just behind on 1,800 after losing in the final.
Neither are currently entered in the IWT Malta Open but Severinova has expressed an interest in going. There is every chance we could see both players battle it out for the title in Malta.
If not, there are three more players within 1,000 points of Severinova and in with a chance. Margaux Randjbar is 3rd with 1,463 with Latvian’s Viktorija Ratacova 4th on 1,215. IWT Berlin Open winner Astrid Reimer-Kern is in fifth after not playing at the IWT Latvian Open.
Currently Nicole Eisler and Amke Fischer are the two highest-profile names entered into the final tournament. Could they make a late push onto the podium?
Men’s Challenger Standings
The Challenger points are available for all players who take part in B categories or lower. If a player players B at one event and then A at another, only his or her points from the B category count towards the Challenger standings – although both sets of points will count towards the overall Standings.
The Men’s Challenger standings are intriguing as none of the podium players competed at both the IWT Berlin Open and IWT Latvian Open. What does this mean?
This means that we have a joint-tie for first, a joint-tie for third and a joint-tie for fifth. The podium in Berlin was Michal Kurek, Patrick Oettl and Matej Dohnal, with none of them playing in Latvia. Similarly, the podium in Latvia was Philip Pedersen, Jesper Hedlund and Jimmy Tay, with none of them playing in Berlin. The big question then, is which of our six contenders will show up in Malta?
Of course, the door is still open for a player not in the top-six to still claim the title. Why not enter to put yourself in the mix?
Women’s Challenger Standings
Poland’s Katarzyna Myslek is the current frontrunner in the Women’s Challenger category with 585 points after taking part in both the IWT Berlin Open and IWT Latvian Open.
Joint second are Maxi Karg and Kaisu Anttila, who won the Berlin and Latvian Women’s B titles respectively. Behind this duo is Carola Von Heimburg and Anete Zabere. As the only member of the top-five to be already signed up for the IWT Malta Open, Von Heimburg is currently the front runner. That will change if any of the other players above her in the leaderboard register to compete in Malta.
The Seniors standings might be the most hotly contested, with eight players within 162 points of each other.
Frank Kleiber leads the way with 762 points with Graham King 60 points further back on 602. Then, there are six players on 600 points after winning a seniors category; Bruce Shepherd, Ed Harvey, Esther Dubendorfer, Jacob Steinmetz, Jean-Robert Fiori and Par Gunnar Mattsson.
All of these players, plus a load more just off the leaderboard, are all in contention and this, perhaps more than any other category, will go right down to the wire.
The full Victor Racketlon Series Standings will be available to view ahead of the IWT Malta Open.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer