HAMBURG / STARNBERG, October 23, 2021
The ITF World Tennis Tour returns to Germany this week for the Future North, the country’s only combined tennis event, held on a hard court at the Hamburger Tennis Verband.
Three Germans were headlining Saturday’s men’s semi-finals. Entry with local joker Henri Ecuyer continued his good form by eliminating his compatriot and seeded No.4 Johannes Haerteis 6-4, 6-4. The 21-year-old, currently 614th in the world, held off eight aces and broke Haerteis’ serve three times to win after an hour and 32 minutes.
“The game was closer than what the final score indicated, as just one break in each set made the difference”, said Squire. “I played well and served well. I also felt better on the court than yesterday and I’m just happy to be in the final.
Squire, who upset the tournament seed Daniel Masur on his way to the championship game, is aiming for his first title on the Pro Circuit. “I have played well the last few months. I came here to win the title. Entering the tournament with a wild card doesn’t mean much to me. The ranking is not that important, it is more about playing a good level of tennis.
Squire will be the next challenge Jakub Paul from Switzerland. The 22-year-old defeated Louis wessels Germany 6-4, 6-4 after an hour and 12 minutes.
Paul is aiming for his second ITF World Tennis Tour title after his home triumph at Muttenz in August this year. Squire and Paul will meet for the first time.
Babos reaches the women’s final
In the female competition, Timea babos is back in the final, playing his first tournament since July. Former world No.25 Hungary, who suffered a hip injury during the summer, edged No.5 seed Susan bandecchi from Switzerland 6-4, 7-5. Babos outscored her rival 72-68 after an hour and 42 minutes.
“Obviously, I’m really happy. It’s a very difficult week. Last year we couldn’t play due to the coronavirus crisis. This year I caught the Covid and couldn’t travel. I also had to deal with injuries. It’s not easy for me to come back but I am struggling. I’m not playing my best tennis but I’m there, I’m in the final. It was my goal. “
The quadruple Grand Slam doubles champion will face Antonia Ruzic In the finale. The only 18-year-old Croatian to have passed the French qualifiers Mallaurie Christmas 6-3, 6-2 in 59 minutes.
Babos is chasing her first title since winning the trophy at the 2018 WTA Taiwan International Open. Ruzic could clinch her third career title after her victories at the ITF World Tennis Tour W15 in Bad Waltersdorf , Austria, and the W25 tournament in Lagos, Portugal earlier in the season. It will be the first game between the two.