The Eckstein Ladies Open in the hall of TC RW Bad Kissingen came to an end with the hoped-for final match of the two top-seeded players. In the final, the Czech professional player Petra Krajsova (German ranking 48), seeded at position 1, defeated local player Anne Knuttel from Fuchsstadt (German ranking 64 and seeded at position 2) by a very narrow margin of 7:5, 2:6 and 10:8. Knuettel was already leading 7:4 in the deciding set, but could not save the lead due to the experienced play of the Czech player.
Both players had worked their way relatively clearly and without losing a set to the final, in which they delivered a high-class fight at eye level for over two hours. In the end, experience and a little luck made the difference for the 28-year-old winner from. And so the latter was able to fend off the youthful onslaught of the 17-year-old challenger.
Despite all this, tournament director Torsten Voll was highly satisfied with the course of the competitions. So he could present the four top-seeded players in the semifinals – and thus offer the numerous spectators tennis on a high level. "Unbelievable, which level was shown this weekend by the girls. Too bad that it was not enough for our Anne to win the title. But she played an insanely good match against a current world-ranked player and in the end only a few points decided the match. She can be very proud of her performance", says the tournament organizer.
The winner also had words of praise for her opponent in the final and for the organization of the tournament. "I felt very much at home in Bad Kissingen and was delighted with the way the players were looked after here. Some professional tournaments at international level could take a leaf out of her book. I will definitely be back next year." According to the organizers, nothing stands in the way of the Eckstein Ladies Open taking place again next year.