Hannover. On Saturday 11 May and Sunday 12 May 2019, the German Open took place in Hannover-Isernhagen. One of the 5 tournaments belonging to the World Series of the International Organsiation. The tournament endowed with 1,000 points for the world rankings was hosted in the Sportpark Isernhagen and was aligned by the association based in Hessisch Oldendorf, Time Sports e.V. A total of 147 players from 15 different nations participated. Players came from Europe, India and Japan.
On Saturday started the games of the group stage. Each participant fought for the entry into the K.O. – Round. But only two players from each group could secure the chance for the title. After the group phases were ended, the K.O. – Rounds in the different categories started. Before we started with the double categories, the quarterfinals of the individual categories were played. In the evening the double games began. After exhausting games in the group stage of the single it was in the double already about everything in the first game.
On Sunday it was now the decisive phase of the tournament. The semi-finals of all categories began. First, double categories were played. In the Open Division could Ekberg / Makrlik prevail in the semifinals against Franke / Zimmermanns and met in the final the German double Joop / Kaatz, which previously won against Jöhnk / Kröber. In two sets Makrlik / Ekberg could secure the title of the German Open in double.
In mixed doubles, Skerl / Jovan and Hubert / Holleis faced each other in the final. The Germans were in the lead here in an exciting Final and thus won the title in mixed!
Now the individual categories started: In the women Lori Skerl from Slovenia beat Anna Hubert. Eliska Andrlova and Andrea Horn took third place.
In the Open Division, Sönke Kaatz won against the young Slovenian Jasa Jovan smoothly in straight sets. Previously, he was able to prevail in the semifinals against Adam Kakula from Slovakia. His opponent Jasa Jovan won against Sweden’s Melker Ekberg.
The winner of the category male O40 is Pavel Podvolecky from the Czech Republic.
The category male O50 won Piotr Borowiec from Poland.
Also in the category female O40 a Polish player could secure the title: Sabina Schabek.
Results of the youth categories:
U18 Open Doubles: Matej Krupika / Pavel Rada (Czech Republic)
U18 male: Arne Przykalla (Germany)
U18 female: Gala Zukic (Croatia)
U14 male: Matej Krupika (Czech Republic)
U14 female: Agate Kristina Spare (Latvia)
U12 open: Frederik Kardorf (Germany)
Overall, the German Open 2019 was a very successful tournament with many interesting matches! If you want to watch the live stream again, you can do it here: sportdeutschland.tv.
You can find all Photos from Time Sports here https://www.facebook.com/pg/Time.Sports.e.V/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2654473564580061
And all Photos from Sabina Schabek here https://www.facebook.com/pg/SpeedbadmintonSzczecin/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2674759465929748
Thanks to Sabina for the great Photos!