English Open: Second SWT-title for Meißl
Martina Meißl took the title of the Elite Ladies Singles at the SWT English Open 2017, which were held from May 5th to 7th in the English county of Essex, northeast of London. “I started in the tournament without great expectations. That’s why I am even happier about the victory! The key discipline was Squash in all my matches – and I took the Squash win every time,” said the winner. Two other SWT titles (comparable to the Grand Slams in Tennis) in England for the Racketlon Federation Austria were contributed by Lukas Windischberger and Michi Dickert.
I started in the tournament without great expectations. That’s why I am even happier about the victory!
Third title in England
“Although, unfortunately, I have not been training much lately because of work, the English air seems to have done me good,” said the winner, who was able to come out on top of the final match one point ahead after four disciplines against British player Hannah Boden. Martina has lived and worked in England since last August and feels very comfortable on the island. After her first SWT title in 2015 and the 2014 IWT tournament win (both in Surrey), the 31-year-old also celebrated a victory at the new venue of the Super-World Tour event in Essex. In the Women’s Doubles, Meißl took second place together with her opponent of the final, Boden. Stefanie Rath from Hard in Vorarlberg, who also lives and works in England, took second place in the Women’s Amateur Singles. “After my shoulder surgery, I only recently started to train again. A final is not too bad, considering,” said the former number one in Austrian junior tennis.
It cannot always go as well as in the last few tournaments.
Windischberger not (yet) best racketlon player
All eyes in Essex were directed at Austria´s man of the hour, Lukas Windischberger. At the SWT English Open 2017, the Austrian from Großengersdorf had the chance to become the best active Racketlon player and to replace the Danish Kasper Jønsson at position two of the world rankings. But Lukas will have to keep waiting. 17-year-old local talent Leon Griffiths eliminated the tournament favorite in the quarterfinal. A weak table tennis performance and 19 points in the final discipline of tennis sealed the defeat. “It cannot always go as well as in the last tournaments. My body showed me that it needs a break – I have to respect that.” In the end, it was the fifth place in Men’s Elite Singles for the 25-year-old. The Scotsman Calum Reid won the title in his comeback tournament with a final victory over Windischberger´s defeater Griffiths. In the Danish duel for third place, Morten Jaksland (2) beat Kristen Hougaard (4).
With two titles, the weekend in total was quite enjoyable.
Two more titles for the RFA
Austria’s Racketlon National Champion Windischberger could still cheer on the weekend. He took two SWT titles: in the Men’s Elite Doubles event with Michi Dickert and in the Mixed Elite Doubles event with the Belgian Lieselot De Bleeckere. “With two titles, the weekend in total was quite enjoyable,” said the player of the Austrian record champion Sportunion Racketpoint Vienna. Windischberger’s team colleague Michi Dickert was eliminated in the first Singles round and said: “Due to my injury and the low match practice and match difficulty in advance, more was not possible. The victory in Doubles saved the day. Now it’s time to recover fully and to get in shape for the European Championships.” The 2. FIR European Racketlon Championships will be held from 25 August to 3 September in Wiener Neudorf and Vienna.
Source: RFA press release