Amke Fischer has beaten Anna-Klara Ahlmer in the final of the IWT German Open Women’s A Singles to win her first title since giving birth.
In the Men’s A final, World No.1 Morten Jaksland won his fifth title of the year, defeating Cornelius Radermacher in an excellent final.
Elsewhere, there were a pair of titles for Denmark’s Anders Fyrst as he won both the Men’s B and Seniors +40 titles.
Amke Fischer Returns to Winners Circle
Amke Fischer has plenty of history at the IWT German Open. She won the title here in 2014 and 2017 as well as reaching the final in 2016.
So it was fitting that this tournament should be the one where she won her first singles trophy since becoming a mother.
In the final Fischer would face Anna-Klara Ahlmer, an opponent she knew well. Fischer had played Ahlmer on three previous occasions in singles, winning all three before tennis.
Today was a slightly different story though. Although she lost the table tennis and badminton, Ahlmer recorded her closest ever scores against Fischer, losing 21-17 and 21-16. If Ahlmer could record a positive squash result then this match would be very much alive.
Fischer refused to let that happen though. The German won the squash 21-14 to open up a healthy +16 lead. That would not be enough to win before tennis though and, for the first time, Ahlmer would get to play Fischer at tennis in singles.
There would be no miraculous comeback from Ahlmer though. Fischer won the tennis 6-5 to ensure she lifted the IWT German Open trophy once again.
The last time Fischer won a singles trophy was at the German Open two years ago. It’s certainly poetic that she should make her return to the winners circle at the same tournament. For Ahlmer, it is a second final in a row as she continues to hunt down a first title of the season.
Stine Jacobsen took the bronze medal after beating Margaux Randjbar in the third-place playoff.
Morten Jaksland Remains the Man to Beat
World No.1 Morten Jaksland has got accustomed to winning in 2019. This time though, he had to face some slightly more unfamiliar foes in German duo Christian Wiessner and Cornelius Radermacher.
That is not to say that they have not played before. Wiessner and Jaksland played a phenomenal match earlier this year at the IWT Berlin Open. Their semi-final today was just as eye-catching.
Wiessner took the early lead with a 21-19 table tennis victory but Jaksland fought back to win badminton 21-16. The World No.1 extended that advantage with a commanding 21-12 squash win to leave him needing just 10 in tennis.
Wiessner and Jaksland are two of the best tennis players on tour so it was fitting that the tennis ended level at 10-10, putting Jaksland into the final.
The second semi-final was a more straightforward affair, as Cornelius Radermacher beat Duncan Stahl with ease, winning +33 before tennis.
That set Radermacher and Jaksland up for their second meeting of the year, after previously facing at the SWT King of Rackets.
In Belgium, Jaksland got himself into trouble when he lost the table tennis 21-19 to Radermacher. He did not make the same mistake in Nussloch, winning 21-11 to open up a comfortable lead. That proved decisive.
The badminton and squash went to script with Radermacher winning 21-13 then Jaksland winning 21-18, leaving the Dane needing 17 in tennis for the win.
Jaksland knows he is the stronger tennis player and proved that on the court, defeating Radermacher 17-10 to win his third singles title in a row and fifth in six tournaments this year.
For Radermacher it was also a landmark moment. That was the German’s first Men’s A Singles final as he continues to become a more dominant force on the FIR World Tour. If he keeps going at this current rate a title is surely going to come sooner rather than later.
Germans With Plenty to Celebrate Despite Fyrst Double
As well as a German in both the elite finals, there was plenty of other German success in the other categories.
Juergen Remitschka won the Men’s C Singles in an all-German final against Werner Seel. The German’s squash was impeccable throughout the weekend, dropping just seven points in four matches.
There were two German winners in the Seniors categories as well. Kai Zeuner earned the Seniors +45 after defeating Ed Harvey while Frank Fuhrmann took the +55s over Dirk Skock.
There was also a Men’s D title for Czech youngster David Ersil while former top-15 player Piers Boden continued his comeback from injury by winning the Juniors U21.
The star of the other classes though was Anders Fyrst. The Dane boasts a flawless weekend, winning all of his matches comfortably to win both the Men’s B and the Seniors +40.
The full results from the IWT German Open are available here.
The tournament report from day one is available here.
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Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer
Image Credit / Duncan Stahl