View Full Version : Challenger Series - LADY's - Tournament!

03-10-2012, 08:06 PM

I'm excited to be playing the Challenger Serious - Lady's Tournament 12th-14th March (in 2 days!) I'm a lucky late replacement to play against the strong line up of 7 other players! 8 players (2 from Rus, 3 from Cze, 1 from CHN, 1 from HUN and 1 from NZL! (Me:P) - sharing $3450 euros pool of trophy money! Going to be tough...! More details HERE :) (http://www.sarahherlee.com/2012/03/challenger-series-ladys-tournament.html)

Live streaming of the matches here: http://challengerseries.net/content/video


03-10-2012, 08:55 PM
Wow that is cool :D Best of luck Sarah! I believe Ambrus is a pretty strong youth player right? Is Skachova a relative from Kirill? :P

03-10-2012, 10:08 PM
Wow awesome Sarah!! :)... So cool, good luck, what an experience!

03-10-2012, 10:23 PM
Good luck! Hope you can pull out some good one

03-10-2012, 11:19 PM
Wow that is cool :D Best of luck Sarah! I believe Ambrus is a pretty strong youth player right? Is Skachova a relative from Kirill? :P

Irina Skachkova is Kirill's wife. She plays in the second division in southern Germany. So does Krisztina Ambrus (with much better results).

On paper Svetlana Ganina would seem to be the strongest player.

Matt Hetherington
03-11-2012, 10:43 AM
lol Skachkov is married, wow so young...

03-11-2012, 03:57 PM
Go win, then eat some Herrenschnitzel at Beckerbrunnen to thank me for your luck. :) Fighting !!!

03-11-2012, 04:15 PM
Hm Svetlana Ganina is the only one i know of these players, so hard for me to guess how it's gonna end ;)

03-11-2012, 04:15 PM
Dont forget to take some pictures! :)
I will have another 2-3 betting days, hehee..

03-12-2012, 10:00 PM
Hi everyone!! Thanks for the 'goodlucks'! However today the 2 players was too strong for me!! I look forward to tomorrow's 'challenges'! :)


[the day before day 1] It was very nice to finally arrive in Ochsenhausen, after traveling for about 8 hours! It was a bad luck day to take trains, as 3 out of the 4 trains I had to take was late and it made me miss my connection trains..! The organisers sent a taxi to take me to the hotel and the competition starts 8.30 the next morning!

A new experience for me to play at the Challenger Series! The tournament is very organised and well structured. And the matches of a very high level - I played two matches today - against Li, He (CHN) and Smistikova, Martina (CZE) and lost both matches 0-3. This is a very good tournament for me before the World Championships which starts in 2 weeks time! Early start tomorrow and I look forward the matches!

They use the same flooring as the ITTF tournaments, umpire and live streaming for the matches on their website:






Mr. RicharD
03-12-2012, 10:53 PM
I just love the fact that you can tell which one is you right away. Everyone else is all mug shot types and you've got your photogenic pose face on.

03-13-2012, 01:04 AM
Sarah Fighting!

03-13-2012, 04:38 PM
hehe... its always difficult to take an 'ID / passport' type of photo!... :S lol. but its okay because you get to see what the player looks like too through the live streaming! and yes I fought very hard today, but these players are very very good... they are in the national squad for their countries also..! But because one of the participant cancelled so i had the opportunity to fill in and of course i jumped at the chance ;) but its so difficult even tho I feel I play well its still hard to win! But this is Europe ;) I look forward to play my last two matches tomorrow at 9.10 and 11.10am. More photos to come later! Did you guys manage to catch any matches on live stream?

03-13-2012, 05:38 PM
I saw you play :)
I wanted to bet but the bwin was screwed..
Anyways - good games :)

03-13-2012, 10:51 PM
Saw a part of your match against Harabaszova but only a part of it cause of exam on thursday and not so much time ;)

Even if you loose your matches it'S probably a great opportunity to play against these strong players. Good luck for your last 2 matches and take as much as you can out of this experience, perhaps in the future you can participate again and then are one of the strong players ;)

03-14-2012, 09:33 AM
She just finished her match today.. Now her record is 0:6 .. and the only way how to get it to 1:6 is to beat Svetlana Ganina, with record 6:0 ..
Hmm that will be tough..

03-14-2012, 01:02 PM
Lots of tough matches but fantastic experience for Sarah all the same! Good luck you can do it! :)

03-14-2012, 02:24 PM
Well she lost all duels, but I bet she is happy that she could play in there :)

Finals are just about to start in 5 minutes ;)

03-14-2012, 02:51 PM
Well she lost all duels, but I bet she is happy that she could play in there :)

Finals are just about to start in 5 minutes ;)

The live stream is very good, I like the way you see the players faces to the left and right of stream :)

03-14-2012, 03:10 PM
good luck sarah...

03-14-2012, 03:59 PM
Thanks everyone for your kind comments, it really encouraged me =) ! it was hard to not come away with any wins :( but I could only try my best,, and it motivated me even more, and now is time to think about fighting hard for New Zealand at the world championships ! =) and this tournament is one of the best i've participated! Good matches, and it was so well organised and provided great hospitality, travel pick ups & drop offs, food was great, prize money ,,, it felt kinda strange to receive 85 euros (after tax) after coming 8th :P hehe

so which matches did you guys see and which match did you enjoy watching??

09-17-2012, 08:37 AM
New LADY´s tournament just begun!!!
There are these girls playing!

http://challengerseries.net/players/80D90A239C3AC711C12579AA0036DBBD_0.jpg Hana Bartošová, CZE
http://challengerseries.net/players/FB9DC13D55B7FF39C12579AA0037DDEC_0.jpgMartina Smištíkova, CZE
http://challengerseries.net/players/04BDB96D29BEAFBDC12578840031652A_0.jpgSvetlana Ganina, RUS, Worldranking 80
Wenlin Tan, ITA
Yana Timina, NED
Eva Braun, HUN, Worldranking 212
Rita Kertai, HUN
Aneta Kučerová, CZE

09-18-2012, 08:33 AM
Who is watching?
Right now a great match going on!
Martina Smištíková vs. Svetlana Ganina (defender style), very good match !!!

09-20-2012, 09:27 AM
Well, this was an awesome match !!!


Attack vs. defense, full sets, very exciting !!!

02-18-2013, 09:16 AM
Hey guys!
I know you are all about the Kuwait open, but there is a LADY´s challenger series tournament going on right now ;)
Featuring some (unknown) names like:
Dana Čechová, CZE, worldranking: 100
Andrea Bakula, CRO
Maria Dolgikh, RUS, worldranking: 182
Tanja Kraemer, GER
Krizstina Ambrus, HUN, worldranking: 159
Kathrin Muehlbach, GER
Alex Galic, SLO
Kateřina Peňkavová, CZE

I hope we get some good action aswell ;)

02-18-2013, 11:39 PM
Hm not really unknown names :P 5 of the 8 are (or were) playing in the german leagues :)

02-21-2013, 01:10 PM
Oh, nice :)
Well I have not much possibilities to follow women german leagues..