ICO Speedminton® Polish OPEN - RESULTS
Dear players and supporters of the ICO Speedminton(R) Polish Open.
Thank you for participating and making this tournament special! Congratulations to the all winners and brave competitors as well as to the organizers.
Below you will find a brief press report from the event, a couple of pictures and the list of medalists.
Warsaw, 10th April 2016
Ekberg and Keber lift trophies in Warsaw
Melker Ekberg of Sweden and Jasmina Keber of Slovenia won the ICO Speedminton Polish Open 2016 last weekend in Warsaw, Poland. The event took place on the prestigious PGE Narodowy Stadium in the Polish capital.
The 1000 points Masters Series tournament had a very strong line up with 7 out of top 10 female players and all top 5 players on the men’s side. Also the doubles tournament was very interesting, given the presence of current reigning World Champions.
One of the highlights of the men’s singles draw was the loss of current number 1, Per Hjalmarson, to his fellow countryman Melker Ekberg in the semifinals. Surprisingly, the final was a clash between number 3 in the ICO (International Crossminton Organization) rankings Ekberg and ranked 4th Mihail Mandryk. In both sets the eventual winner, Ekberg, had quite a sluggish start, but on both occasions managed to turn the game around and finish with a straight sets win 16-10; 16-13. Melker was definitely more patient and played unbelievably well on the backhand side which made the difference. The singles title was his second that day, after conquering the doubles competition teamed up with Julien Soos.
The ladies draw instead revealed the finalists according to the rankings instead – the leader, Slovenian Jasmina Keber, faced the 2nd ranked Rebecca Nielsen of Sweden. The first set was very tight but the current World Champion, Keber, won it 21-19. She then seemed more relaxed in the second, while Nielsen tried more risky solutions which resulted in some winners but also errors. The Slovenian won the second set more comfortably 16-8. It is her second 1000 points Speedminton Masters Series title of the year.
All the winners had the opportunity to listen to their national anthems after the medal decoration. Gold medalists list includes: J. Keber (SLO), M. Ekberg (SWE), Soltys/Karasek (POL), Ekberg/Soos (SWE/GER), Witwicka/Gossen (POL/GER), M. Lelonek (POL), J. Scavnicky (SVK), B. Miezynski (POL), L. Skerl (SLO), J. Jovan (SLO), M. Jerkovic (CRO), M. Faska (POL).
The biggest and the most prestigious stadium in Poland – PGE Narodowy National Stadium turned out to be an amazing arena for crossminton. The event was played on 37 courts placed on the main pitch of the stadium. The organizer supplied excellent facilities on the spot, including services such as sports massage and physiotherapy offered by Dr Best and attractions by Przestrzen Aktywnego Rozwoju. DJ Gregor was in charge of the music and Lech and Red Bull offered a variety of drinks for the players and public.
- We were happy to welcome such a big number of international players, including the big names and World Champions on the biggest stadium in Poland, the PGE Narodowy. I can say we are particularly satisfied with the media interest in the event and are hoping for an excellent continuation of making crossminton popular across Poland – said Agnieszka Kocańda, on behalf of the organizing committee.
There is probably no other sport that has developed so quickly from a leisure sport to a competitive sport, like the 2001 in Berlin invented crossminton (formerly speed badminton). Within a few years, more than 10 million people worldwide were inspired by the sport; 3,000 practice it as tournament players and are organized in over 200 clubs – and counting.
The International Crossminton Organisation was founded in 2011 and it has since tripled the number of its members reaching 33 in 2015.
The main sponsor of the sport and the series of tournaments worldwide is Speedminton GmbH from Germany. Since 2001, the company has been developing crossminton (formerly speed badminton) and the corresponding equipment. Further Sponors of the ICO are Ulrich Burkhardt, Oberstdorfer Allerlei & Kälte – Rudi GmbH & Co.KG.
1. Melker Ekberg (SWE)
2. Mandryk Myhailo (UKR)
3. Hjalmarson Per (SWE) , Schusseler Patrick (GER)
1. Faska Mateusz (POL)
2. Scavnicky Jan Jr. (SVK)
3. Janczuński Adrian (LTU)
4. Janczuński Kamil (LTU)
1. Jovan Jasa (SLO)
2. Andrzejewski Szymon (POL)
3. Koch Malte (GER), Filipowicz Maciej (POL)
1. Scavnicky Jan Sr. (SVK)
2. Pasche Morten (NOR)
3. Chmielewski Grzegorz (POL), Ćwiąkała Dariusz (POL)
1. Mieżyński Bogdan (POL)
2. Gawlak Piotr (POL)
3. Knobling Charly (GER), Kiss Ferenc (HUN)
1. Keber Jasmina (SLO)
2. Nielsen Rebecca (SWE)
3. Darnyik Agnes (HUN), Sołtys Marta (POL)
1. Skerl Lori (SLO)
2. Skerl Rebeka (SLO)
3. Krpalkova Nikol (CZE), Barkovic Paula (CRO)
1. Lelonek Magdalena (POL)
2. Lewandowska Dorota (POL)
3. Braun Helga (HUN), Schabek Sabina (POL)
1. Jerkovic Marko (CRO)
2. Huba Juraj (SVK)
3. Hubova Andrea (SVK), Knez Tilen (SLO)
Adult Mixed Double
1. Witwicka Katarzyna (POL) / Gossen Daniel (GER)
2. Nielsen Rebecca (SWE) / Hjalmarson Per (SWE)
3. Keber Jasmina (SLO) / Sustersic Matiaz (SLO) , Borek Anna (GER) / Diallo Boubacar (GER)
1. Ekberg Melker (SWE) / Julien Soos (GER)
2. Kaczmarek Tomasz (POL) / Ociepa Marcin (POL)
3. Schusseler Patrick (GER) / Krober Sven (GER), Vincze Karoly (HUN) / Vincze Oliver (HUN)
Adults Female Doubles
1. Sołtys Marta (POL) / Karasek Janina (POL)
2. Schabek Sabina (POL) / Urbanik Marta (POL)
3. Wincenciak Zofia (POL) / Lelonek Magdalena (POL), Jagecic Zrinka (CRO) / Jagecic Laura (CRO)
All restults can be found here >> http://goo.gl/wbsQRm