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Dimitri Steinmann (blue) and Nicolas Mueller (red) met in the final in Liechtenstein and will be the top two seeds here

Sihltal Classic: Tournament Preview

There is just the one event this weekend on the PSA Challenger Tour, with the Sihltal Classic taking place in Zurich, Switzerland, with both men’s and women’s tournament’s taking place.

Like all of the events so far on the Challenger Tour since the return of the sport following the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sihltal Classic will be a restricted event due to travel restrictions, with only Swiss-based players permitted to enter.

This means that both draws look very similar to those at the Liechtenstein Open two weeks ago, where Nicolas Mueller and Ambre Allinckx were victorious. The pair will be looking to take a second title in quick succession this week.

Mueller, the World No.27, will be the top seed in the men’s draw this week, with the likes of Dimitri Steinmann, Robin. Gadola and Cedirc Kuchen his nearest rivals.

There will be some youngsters in the field as well, with 15-year-old David Bernet playing in just his third tournament as a professional. He will face 17-year-old Louai Hafez in the first round, who also has just two events under his belt prior to this week’s Sihltal Classic.

Allinckx will be looking to take the women’s title in Zurich this week, having won quite convincingly in Vaduz a couple of weeks ago. She will be the No.3 seed again, and after making the jump to World No.80 in the December rankings, she is the in-form player in the draw.

Cindy Merlo, Nadia Pfister and Celine Walser all occupy places inside the top 100 on the PSA World Rankings, with the latter reaching the final in Liechtenstein. The top two seeds will be looking to go better than they did a couple of weeks ago.

The tournament begins on Friday, December 4, and we hope to bring you the action on our Challenger Tour LiveStreams YouTube channel.

Sihltal Classic: Men’s Draw
(All players from Switzerland)
[1] Nicolas Mueller – [Bye]
Noah Mannhart v [9/16] Sven Stettler
[9/16] Sandro Schmitter v Marlon Bernegger
[5] Yannick Wilhelmi – [Bye]
[8] Nils Roesch – [Bye]
Lukas Burkhart v [9/16] Jan Kurzmeyer
[9/16] David Bernet v Louai Hafez
[3] Robin Gadola – [Bye]
[4] Cedric Kuchen – [Bye]
Nico Mathis v [9/16] Andreas Dietzsch
[9/16] Luca Zatti v [WC] Silvan Oertli
[7] Miguel Mathis – [Bye]
[6] Amadeo Costa – [Bye]
Christoph Zust v [9/16] Jakob Känel
[9/16] Roman Allinckx v [WC] Mark Brunner
[2] Dimitri Steinmann – [Bye]

Sihltal Classic: Women’s Draw
(All players from Switzerland)
[1] Cindy Merlo v Alina Habegger
[WC] Nelia Malbasic v [8] Cassandra Fitze
[6] Kate Gadola v Sarah Lüdin
Leila Hirt v [4] Celine Walser
[3] Ambre Allinckx v Stella Kaufmann
[WC] Norina Malbasic v [5] Jasmin Ballmann
[7] Alina Poessl v Fabienne Oppliger
Enya Stettler v [2] Nadia Pfister

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