Schunk Secures Braunschweig Women’s Open Title

Nastasja Schunk, Anna Klasen and tournament director Freddy Pedersen (photo: Michael Täger)


German teenager Nastasja Schunk clinched her second title on the ITF Pro Circuit. The 18-year-old from the BASF Ludwigshafen lifted the trophy of the Braunschweig Women’s Open, an ITF World Tennis Tour W25 clay-court tournament hosted by the Braunschweiger THC in Germany.

Schunk defeated her compatriot and wild card entry Anna Klasen 6-3, 6-1 in Sunday’s final. The World No. 439 capitalized on six of her eight break-point opportunities to secure victory in 62 minutes.

After a successful qualifying, Schunk advanced to the championship match with wins in the bottom half of the main draw over local wild card Alexandra Vecic, Marine Partaud of France, No. 2 seed Maria Lourdes Carle of Argentina and third seed Katharina Hobgarski from Germany.

Schunk, who finished runner-up to Ane Mintegi Del Olmo in the final of the Junior Wimbledon Championships last month, was coached by Germany’s Head of Women’s Tennis Barbara Rittner during the week in Braunschweig.


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“She just has self-confidence, you can see that in her matches,” said Rittner.

Schunk lifted her second trophy of the season following her triumph at the $25,000 Futures Lotos Solano Bydgoszcz in Poland earlier this month.

“With this win, I have finally arrived at senior’s level,” Schunk said. “I know it won’t go on like this but such a start is of course encouraging.”

Hobgarski/Strakhova hoist doubles trophies

Katharina Hobgarski and Valery Strakhova from the Ukraine took the doubles title. The pair fought past Tamira Paszek of Austria and Chiara Scholl of the United States 3-6, 6:2, 12-10.

Hobgarski celebrated her 12th triumph in doubles, Strakhova recorded her 26th career title win.