It was a hugely successful first day for Myriam Enmer at the IWT London Open as she won both the Women’s Doubles and Mixed A Doubles titles.
Enmer roared to victory in the Women’s Doubles at the Roehampton Club alongside regular partner Anna-Klara Ahlmer. They beat British pair Susie Dilloway and Matilda Parslow in the final.
The French star then faced Ahlmer in the final of the Mixed A Doubles. Enmer and new partner Koen Hageraats defeated Ahlmer and Dan Busby in one of the matches of the day.
There was also success for Nicolas Lenggenhager and René Lindberg as they took the Men’s A Doubles crown on the grass courts in London in emphatic fashion.
Mixed Doubles – Enmer and Hageraats Victorious in Fantastic Final
A final between the two seeded pairs in the Mixed A Doubles draw was predicted by many before this event. That is exactly what was delivered. Anna-Klara Ahlmer and Dan Busby against Myriam Enmer and Koen Hageraats.
In order to get to the final, each partnership had to take on a pair of brits. Ahlmer and Dan Busby faced Alexandra Ogram and Ross Wilson, who had performed superbly to beat Kimberley Hay and Jack Bishop in their opening match.
Ogram and Wilson put up a solid fight in their semi-final but were no match for the experience of Ahlmer and Busby, who won by 25 points before tennis.
In the bottom half of the draw, Myriam Enmer and Koen Hageraats faced Matilda Parslow and Johnny Bispham. Last year’s runners-up had done superbly to beat Izzy Bramhall and Justin Crowther in the opening round. They too came unstuck in the semi-finals, with Enmer and Hageraats winning before tennis.
The final was a fascinating contest. Hageraats used his ferocious table tennis talents to take table tennis 21-12 alongside Enmer. Ahlmer and Busby battle back in the middle two sports. They won the badminton 21-19 before taking a slender one-point lead into the tennis with a squash victory.
In the end, it was Enmer and Hageraats who triumphed on the beautiful grass courts. Decked out in glorious white, they fought hard to win the tennis 21-16 and take the title at the end of a mesmerizing match.
It’s a landmark moment for Hageraats as he collects his first elite Mixed Doubles title. That’s title number two for Enmer, after her victory earlier this year at the IWT French Open.
Parslow and Bispham won the bronze medal match against Ogram and Wilson.
The full Mixed Doubles results are available here.
Men’s Doubles – Lenggenhager and Lindberg Impress on Title Run
Three years ago, Nicolas Lenggenhager and René Lindberg finished second at the Finnish Open in the Men’s Doubles – the first time they had played together. This time, there would be no silver medal. Only gold.
In truth, the Swiss-Swedish pair played a fantastic day of doubles racketlon. They opened with a tough match against Florian Harca and Simon Vaclahovsky. Confident victories in the first two sports left them fully in charge as they won by needing just five in tennis.
In their semi-final against Thorsten Lentfer and Max Plettenberg, they did not need their tennis rackets. Despite losing table tennis 21-9, 21-3 and 21-5 badminton and squash wins secured a devastating turnaround to advance them to the final.
In that final, they would play the No.2 seeds Dan Busby and Matthew Davidson. The British pair had first secured a gritty win over Swiss brothers Noah and Léon Mamié. They followed that up with an all-British victory against Alex Du Noyer and Ray Jordan, coming alive in the middle two sets.
The final belonged to Lenggenhager and Lindberg though. The two were rewarded for making the trip to London, as they first took the table tennis 21-11 to establish a lead. That was lengthened with a 21-18 badminton victory before the most impressive performance in squash. Lenggenhager battled from 9-5 down to win the first half 11-10, before Lindberg produced a cultured performance to win 21-19 overall.
They secured the seven points they needed in tennis with ease to secure a second elite Men’s Doubles title each. A hugely impressive and confidence-boosting performance heading into Saturday’s singles.
“It’s great actually because it’s only my second title”, Lenggenhager said in a post-final interview with Leigh Sands. “I’m really, really happy to have won that, especially because René is such an awesome partner. We had a lot of fun and played very well together so overall it was a good day”.
Lentfer and Plettenberg grabbed the final spot on the podium, defeating Alex Du Noyer and Ray Jordan for the bronze medal.
The full Men’s Singles results are available here.
Women’s Doubles – Ahlmer and Enmer Cruise to Title
World Championship preparations don’t come more perfect than this. Anna-Klara Ahlmer and Myriam Enmer are playing in their third tournament of the season and have shown why they’re one of the favourites for the title in Austria next month.
The top seeds didn’t need their tennis rackets as they won both matches before tennis in the Women’s Doubles. First up, they played talented juniors Cherisse Lau and Alexandra Ogram. The Brits put up a superb fight in badminton to get 19 points but ultimately lost by 26 points before tennis.
In the final, they played Susie Dilloway and Matilda Parslow, also from Great Britain. Dilloway and Parslow had reached the final thanks to a stunning gummiarm victory in their semi-final. After a topsy turvy match, a gummiarm was forced, with Dilloway and Parslow the pair to win, ending the challenge of No.2 seeds Kimberley Hay and Jo Shelley.
Ahlmer and Enmer were ruthless in the final. The top seeds won 21-9, 21-8, 21-8 to demonstrate their improvements as a pair and mark them as one of the greatest active pairs in the sport. The World Championships are waiting.
That title also moves Ahlmer up to joint 4th on the all-time list with 11. She is now alongside Bettina Bugl and Zuzana Severinová. Nathalie Vogel is next up for Ahlmer to chase on 13 career titles. It’s a 4th Women’s Doubles title for Enmer, who will now go for a first career Triple Crown in the singles over the weekend.
Shelley and Hay were rewarded after their gummiarm heartbreak. They left the Roehampton Club with a bronze medal after winning the third place playoff.
The full Women’s Doubles results are available here.
A breakdown of all the Juniors, Seniors and Amateurs Doubles action will come on Monday in the full report.
Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer
Image Credit / Leigh Sands