Elite & Amateurs Doubles Preview | Racketlon World Championships

With the Juniors and Seniors categories now in the rearview mirror, it’s time for the Elite and Amateurs to take centre stage at the Racketlon World Championships.

Day one of the five days of action at Racket Sport Center Graz is Doubles. Seven categories in total are being played in Graz and we’re going to give you a quick preview of each one.

Energie Steiermark Women’s Elite Doubles

It seems fitting to kick off our preview with the only draw to feature a full pair of defending champions. Stine Jacobsen and Zuzana Severinová won the world title last year in Prague and now return as part of a four-pair box league.

Despite being defending champions, the pair are not the top seeds. That honour goes to Anna-Klara Ahlmer and Myriam Enmer, who has become a regular pairing on the 2022 Racketlon World Tour. The two won the IWT London Open, and also finished as runners-up in the Men’s B Doubles at the IWT French Open.

The all-Austrian duo of Martina Meißl and Irina Olsacher are also in the draw. They will be loudly cheered on by the home crowd as they look to cause an upset against the two higher-ranked pairs. A true test of their partnership will come early on Wednesday, as they face the defending champions.

The last pair is a wild card combination of Nicole Eisler and Poland’s Krystyna Głógiewicz. While former World No.1 Eisler is a familiar face, Głógiewicz is less so. However, the Pole is a multi-national racketlon champion back home and played quite regularly in the early racketlon days around 2005 and 2006. Could this duo spring a surprise given the unknown energy around them?

The full Women’s Doubles draw is available here.

Tourismusverband Graz Men’s Elite Doubles

The biggest elite draw we have sees 16 pairs vying to be crowned World Champions. The biggest of the eight opening matches arguably comes right at the bottom of the draw in an almost repeat of the 2021 final.

After reaching the final as wildcards one year ago, Finnish pair Pekka Kainulainen and Henrik Mustonen are back once again. Last year in the final they lost to Leon Griffiths and Calum Reid. In the first round this year, they face Leon again, but this time alongside brother Luke Griffiths. The winner of that match will take on either Koen Hageraats and Guidi Weijel or René Lindberg and Sion Wiggin.

2019 World Champions Kresten Hougaard and Morten Jaksland are the top seeds in the draw. They kick off their campaign for a second world title against Poland’s Michał Kurek and Mateusz Skorek. After his three gold medals in Vienna last week, Ashutosh Avinash Pednekar is teaming up with Sidharth Nandal to face last year’s Men’s B Doubles champions Laurent Cocriamont and Anthony Duthuillé in an intriguing contest. The winners of these two matches will meet in the quarter-finals.

There’s an eye-catching all-Austrian affair in quarter-two as Florian Harca and Marcel Weigl take on Michi Dickert and Lukas Windischberger. This is a repeat of this year’s Austrian National Championships final. A fifth Austrian lurks in the other match in this quarter. That’s because Georg Stoisser is partnering with Dan Busby. The No.4 seeds open with a contest against a fun new pairing of Matthew Davidson and Malte Thyregod.

Quarter three sees an opportunity for one pair to reach the semi-finals. This year’s IWT French Open champions Joel Pennanen and Luka Penttinen are the No.3 seeds. They open up against Australian duo Eric Durand and Leigh Sands – with Durand already having been crowned the Men’s +40 Doubles World Champion. The last match in this quarter sees regular players Damien Andre and Nicolas Lenggenhager go toe-to-toe with Adarsh Vikram Narayanaswamy and Max Plettenberg.

The full Tourismusverband Graz Men’s Elite Doubles draw is available here.

Austria Trend Hotel Europa Mixed Elite Doubles

With last year’s champions – Christine Seehofer-Krenn and Morten Jaksland – playing with different former world champions, this is an utterly fascinating draw.

After playing together at the IWT German Open and winning, Nathalie Vogel and Morten Jaksland decided to be a late-entry pairing into the World Championships. This huge pairing opens against Finnish wildcard duo Linnea Koskinen and Henrik Mustonen. Top seeds Anna-Klara Ahlmer and Dan Busby await the winners in what is sure to be a blockbuster quarter-final.

Christine Seehofer-Krenn is this year, re-partnering with regular partner Lukas Windischberger. The two won the World Championships title back in 2018, with Seehofer-Krenn also winning last year with Jaksland and in 2019 with Busby. If she is to defend her crown again then they will have to beat the winner of the first-round contest between Zuzana Severinová and Leon Griffiths and wildcard duo Bettina Bugl and Marcel Weigl.

Having just won the IWT London Open Mixed Doubles title, Stine Jacobsen and Cornelius Radermacher are the No.4 seeds in the draw. They land in the top half of the draw and await their first opponent. The opponents will be either Nicole Eisler and Nicolas Lenggenhager, or Astrid Reimer-Kern and Kresten Hougaard.

The last quarter is stacked full of Austrian talent. Irina Olsacher and Emanuel Schöpf receive the bye as the third seeds. That leaves us with an eye-catching first-round contest as Martina Meißl and Georg Stoisser take on Myriam Enmer and Damien Andre.

The full Austria Trend Hotel Europa Mixed Elite Doubles draw is available here.

Men’s B/C Doubles

Such is the strength of racketlon these days that former World Champions are not guaranteed a spot in the elite draw. That is the unfortunate case for Christian Wiessner, whose combined ranking with Thorsten Lentfer leaves them as the No.4 seeds in the Men’s B/C Doubles.

The top seeds in the draw are another all-German pair Patrick Oettl and Simon Vaclahovsky. The No.3 seeds are Jack Bishop and Johnny Bispham, with regular partners Patrick Bürgi and Roland Pichler the No.2 seeds.

With 32 pairs in this draw, we won’t have time to look at every pair, however, we will identify some names to keep an eye on.

Soeren Smit, who won three gold medals last week in Vienna, lurks in the top quarter. He partners with Germany’s Fabian Bergande and could face top seeds Oettle and Vaclahovsky in the second round.

Bastian Böhm and Steffen Neumann are another notable top quarter pairing. Böhm won the Juniors U18 Singles and Teams titles last week and the duo are also both in the Germany II team competing in the Nations Cup.

Quarter-two features Juniors U16 Singles World Champion Lucas Steyer. He is part of an all-French pairing alongside Aurélien Bellaton. American pair, Shree Dhond and Patrick Moran are also in this section, as are No.8 seeds David Bennett and Jon Spinks.

Lentfer and Wiessner may be the top seeds in section three but there is more danger lurking. Mohammed Tarik Koubaa historically won the Men’s +40 Doubles world title just two days ago. He’s back alongside Niclas Lars Larsson and facing an intriguing opener against Michael Moitzi and Horst Schwarzenberger.

The bottom quarter features the most recently crowned World Champions out of all. Graham King, who won the Seniors +65 Doubles tile with Julian Clapp, is the No.5 seed with Christian Börner.

Frank Kleiber and Peter Barton were part of the Seniors +55 and Seniors +45 winning Germany and Great Britain teams in Vienna. They collide in the first round alongside partners Klaus Bücker and Ollie Barton.

Juniors U16 Doubles champion Leo Hörtinger is partnering with fellow Austrian Benjamin Radl. They begin against Mixed U16 Doubles champion Aadith K A and his partner Nihit Kumar Singh.

The full Men’s B/C Doubles draw is available here.

Women’s B Doubles

After winning the Girls U21 Doubles title together two days ago, Alexandra Ogram and Cherisse Lau find themselves in opposite halves of the Women’s B Doubles draw.

Ogram is playing with Stine Krogsøe for the second time this year, after their successful partnership in Latvia back in July. They are the top seeds and receive a bye through to the quarter-finals. They will take on either Stephanie Chung and Joanne Schickerling, or Dhritih Kandpal and Veronika Nováková.

Lau lands in the bottom quarter. The new four-time world champion at the U21 level is partnering with France’s Laureline Tschanz and opens against Bauer Claudia and Linda Schedl. Awaiting the winners are British No.2 seeds Susie Dilloway and Matilda Parslow.

After a bronze medal in the Girls U21 Doubles in Vienna, Ivanna and Olena Protsyk face No.3 seeds Kaisu Anttila and Linnea Koskinen in the second quarter.

Dangerous Czech pair Nikola Cemusova and Lucie Hlavacova are the No.4 seeds and sit in quarter three. They will face the winners of Heidi Gebhardt and Lisa Postel against Christine Cha and Nienke Veldkamp.

The full Women’s B Doubles draw is available here.

Mixed B Doubles

As with the Women’s B Doubles, Stine Krogsøe is the top seed in the Mixed B Doubles. This time, she’s with regular partner Roland Pichler. They could face Bastian Böhm in the first round if the two-time Juniors world champion can win his opener with Paulina Steiner.  Lucie Hlavacova and Marek Hrůza are the No.6 seeds in the draw and they open against American duo Joanne Schickerling and Shree Dhond.

Quarter two features a fascinating pairing of Cherisse Lau and Mohammed Tarik Koubaa. The pair left Vienna with five medals between them and will be one of the favourites in the draw. Aadirai K A is also in this section. Having won the Girls U16 Singles and Mixed U16 Doubles world titles, she will also be a force alongside Adarsh Vikram Narayanaswamy. Susie Dilloway and Jack Bishop are the No.3 seeds in quarter-two.

Virág Sákovics and Balázs Döbörhegyi are the No.4 seeds who lurk in quarter three. The other seeds in this section are Laureline Tschanz and Aurélien Bellaton, with both pairs still awaiting their opening round opponents. 

The bottom quarter features two German-US battles. In round two, No.7 seeds Stephanie Chung and Patrick Moran will take on Lisa Postel Fabian Bergande. The No.2 seeds are Matilda Parslow and Johnny Bispham. They await the winner of Heidi Gebhardt and Simon Vaclahovsky against Christine Cha and Felipe Osorio.

The full Mixed B Doubles draw is available here.

Men’s D/E Doubles

The final doubles draw will also be the only draw to see the champions crowned on Wednesday.

Christian Ried and Cornelius Ried are not only the top seeds but also one of the favourites. The younger Ried, Cornelius, was part of the Juniors U18 Team that won gold in Vienna, while also winning Mixed U18 Doubles gold with Alina Reissenauer.

The only other champion from Vienna competing is Juniors U16 Doubles champion, Leonhard Prager. He’s playing alongside Leon Steiner in the third quarter of the draw.

Poland’s Adam Borkowski and Jaroslaw Pupiallo are the No.2 seeds. Both the No.1 and No.2 seeds receive a bye through to the quarter-finals. Czech duo Adam Rektořík and Jiří Salamon are the No.3 seeds, while Oliver Bodem and Ilay Sela are the No.4 seeds.

The full Men’s D/E Doubles draw is available here

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Sam Barker / FIR Media Officer

Image / Filip Rejthars

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