There was German interest in the four finals that took place, with the men’s doubles not taking place due to Fuchs and Roth pulling out of their final giving Kindervater and Schottler the title.
The all-German mixed doubles final seen unseeded Michael Fuchs and Brigit Overzier defeat their 4th seeded opponents Johannes Schottler and Sandra Marinello in two games, winning 22-20, 21-19. Sandra Marinello would team up with Birgit Overzier as the second seeds defeated the top seeded Dutch pairing of Lotte Jonathans and Paulien Van Dooremalen in three games to ensure a third title for Germany.
The top seeds in the singles were also German, with Marc Zwiebler defeating Eric Pang of Holland in two games to ensure title number 4 for Germany. The fifth title was the most impressive as top seeded Juliane Schenk defeated the second seeded Elizabeth Cann of England in a 23 minute demolition that the German #1 won 21-7, 21-5.
The EBU circuit first event of the new season started in Belgium this week, with many of the top seeds still having a hangover period after the World Championships last month. Top seeded Marc Zwiebler has reached the last 8 impressively in the men’s singles, defeating both opponents in games and conceding just 34 points over the two matches. The other seed to survive the opening two rounds is Anand Pawar of India, the 6th seed plays the top seed German in tomorrow’s quarter final.
The other two seeds play in the 4th quarterfinal as 7th seeded Ville Lang of Finland takes on 2nd seeded Eric Pang. Both have progressed to the last 8 without dropping a game, with Lang conceding 51 points and Pang 56 points to date.
The top seed in the women’s singles is also through to the last 8, Juliane Schenk stormed through her opening 2 matches without the loss of a game to set up a quarter final against qualifier Panuga Riou of England. The 2nd seeded Elizabeth Cann is also through to the last 8, as well as Anastasia Prokopenko. The 7th seeded Elena Prus is the 4th and final seed left in the draw, she plays Scotland’s Linda Sloan in tomorrow’s quarterfinals.
All 7 of the seeds that started the event today are safely into the last 8, only Ashmiran and Khakimov of Russia remain as the unseeded pair left in the draw. Top seeded Bosch and Ridder are safely through to face the 5th seeded Chopra and Kona of India. The top two seeds in the women’s doubles are also through to tomorrow’s quarterfinals, but there is local interest from Biesbrouck and Devooght who are through to the last 8.
Four of the eight remaining couples in the mixed doubles are German, leading to two all-German quarterfinals with one on each side of the draw. Top seeded Atrashchenkov and Prus are safely into the last 8 as well as the Scottish pair of Kieran Merrilees and Kirsty Gilmour, both are known for their singles play and this is their first tournament playing together.