Day 1 – Opening Ceremony and final Mixed-Doubles
The first Speed Badminton World Championships title in Open Mixed-Doubles goes to Jenny Greune and Daniel Gossen of Germany. They won in two sets 16:11 and 16:3 over Alexandra Kacvinska/Tomas Pavlovsky of Slovakia at the famous Steffi Graf Stadium at the Rot-Weiß tennis club in Berlin.
Greune of Hamburg and Gossen of Berlin won the first of twelve world championship titles available at this year´s world championships. The bronze medal was shared by semifinalists Melker Ekberg/Rebecca Nielsen of Sweden and Jasmina Keber/Matjaz Sustersic of Slovenia.
“We are very happy and proud that we won. It was a long day and we were all a little tired by the end. Tomas and Alexandra played great games.”
The 2nd ISBO Speedminton® World Championships 2013 began with 31 flag bearers from Argentina to the United States entering the Steffi-Graf Stadium. Following the flag ceremony, Rene Lewicki, president of the International Speed Badminton Organisation (ISBO) and Berlin’s State secretary Andreas Statzkowski declared the world championships officially open. A total of over 500 players from 32 different nations are competing for the titles during the world championships.
Day 2 – Finals in seven categories
The second day is over and the Speed Badminton World Championships are getting closer to the last final matches. 8 of 12 titles are awarded.
In the female doubles devision Krisztina Bognar and Agnes Darnyik of Hungary won the championships title against Barbora and Henrietta Syc-Krivanova of Slovakia in two sets (16:9 and 16:10). In the men doubles division the favorite Swedish-Team Per Hjalmarson and Mattias Aronsson defeated Severin Wirth and Ivo Junker of Swiss. They won in a clear two set match with 16:10 and 16:4 at the Centre Court in the Steffi Graf Stadium.
Slovenia won two World Championship titles in the Junior categories of Girls and Boys U14 today. Rebeka Skerl won the girls title in an close three-set match (16:9, 9:16, 17:15) against Ema Nestakova of Slovakia. Her compatriot Jasa Jovan had a clear two-set match in the boys (16:11, 16:12) winning handiy against Christoph Gerber of Hungary.
Alexandra Kacvinska of Slovakia is the first player ever to repeat as World Champion in Speed Badminton. She won the Girls U18 final against Tea Grofelnik of Croatia in a tight match with 16:10, 6:16 and 16:9. Alexandra won the silver medal in Open Mixed Doubles with her partner Tomas Pavlovsky, also of Slovakia. In the Boys U18 division, Bence Palinkas won the title in two straight sets (16:9, 16:10) against Tomas Pavlovsky.
Hans Granberg of Sweden is the new Over 50 World Champion. He won his match against the Robert Wynne of Britain in three sets (13:16, 16:9 and 16:8).
Day 3 – Final day of the World Championships
After 1,174 matches over three days the World Champions of 2013 are finished! On Saturday the players were competing for the titles in the categories Open Division, Ladies, Ladies O35 and Gents O40.
A big surprise in the Open Division: Patrick Schüsseler of Germany won the title against Melker Ekberg of Sweden in two sets (16:10, 16:13). “This time I was able to win against a Swede. I’m not the hardest hitter in the tournament, but I was able to adapt my game”, said a happy World Champion after the final. In the semi-final Schüsseler defeated the reigning World Champion Per Hjalmarson after three sets (11:16, 16:9, 16:11). Melker Ekberg defeated local hero Rene Lewicki in a two set match (16:11, 16:13).
In the category Single Women Jasmina Keber of Slovenia won the title in a thrilling three-set match (9:16, 17:15, 16:14) against Marta Soltys of Poland. Jasmina Keber: “I’m happy that I made it. It was an awesome match – also for the spectators. When I had a match point against me I was playing all or nothing. It worked out and now we’re going to celebrate the title.” The third places are shared by Jenny Greune of Germany and Barbora Syc-Krivanova of Slovakia.
The O35 Women’s Division was played between two Hungarian players and was won convincingly by Beata Fenyvesi, 16:11, 16:13. Ulrich Burkhardt of Germany was able to defend his title in the category Gents O40 against Joszef Benke of Hungary. The final score was 16:11, 16:12.
ISBO-President René Lewicki was very happy with the event: “It was a successful World Championship and a worthy follow up of the 2011 Championships. The best players all deserved their victories. Of course our special thanks goes out to the audience for an overwhelming atmosphere and as well to our sponsors and 70 volunteers. We are looking forward to the next World Championship in two years.