Karsten Braasch

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Karsten Braasch
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Braasch (second from left) in 1987
Country  Germany
Residence Ratingen, Germany
Born (1967-07-14) 14 July 1967 (age 47)
Marl, Germany
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro 1987
Retired 2005
Plays Left-handed (1-handed backhand)
Prize money $1,497,244
Singles
Career record 68–96 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 0
Highest ranking No. 38 (13 June 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open 3R (1997)
French Open 1R (1992, 1994, 1995)
Wimbledon 2R (1992, 1994)
US Open 3R (1993)
Doubles
Career record 103–128 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles 6
Highest ranking No. 36 (10 November 1997)

Karsten Braasch (born 14 July 1967 in Marl, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German former professional tennis player. His highest ATP singles ranking was World No. 38, which he reached in June 1994. His career-high in doubles was World No. 36, achieved in November 1997.[1] He was well-noted for his service motion and his habit of smoking during changeovers.

Braasch competed in a "Battle of the Sexes" contest against Venus Williams and Serena Williams at the 1998 Australian Open when he was ranked 203. A decade and a half older than the sisters, Braasch was described by one journalist as "a man whose training regime centred around a pack of cigarettes and more than a couple bottles of ice cold lager."[2] He nonetheless defeated both sisters, playing a single set against each, beating Serena 6–1 and Venus 6–2.[3]

Career finals[edit]

Singles: 1 (0 titles – 1 runner-up)[edit]

Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP Tour (1)
Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent Score
Runner-up 1. 12 June 1994 Rosmalen Grass Netherlands Richard Krajicek 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 9 (6 titles – 3 runner-ups)[edit]

Outcome No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents Score
Winner 1. 15 June 1997 Gerry Weber Open Grass Germany Michael Stich South Africa David Adams
South Africa Marius Barnard
7–6, 6–3
Winner 2. 15 July 2001 Catella Swedish Open Clay Germany Jens Knippschild Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
7–6(7–3), 4–6, 7–6(7–5)
Winner 3. 30 September 2001 Salem Open Hardcourt Brazil André Sá Czech Republic Petr Luxa
Czech Republic Radek Štepánek
6–0, 7–5
Winner 4. 3 February 2002 Milan Indoor Carpet Russia Andrei Olhovskiy France Julien Boutter
Belarus Max Mirnyi
3–6, 7–6(7–5), [12–10]
Winner 5. 14 April 2002 Estoril Open Clay Russia Andrei Olhovskiy Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
6–3, 6–3
Winner 6. 14 September 2003 BCR Open Romania Clay Armenia Sargis Sargsian Sweden Simon Aspelin
South Africa Jeff Coetzee
7–6(9–7), 6–2
Runner-up 1. 13 April 1997 Salem Open Hardcourt United States Jeff Tarango Czech Republic Martin Damm
Czech Republic Daniel Vacek
3–6, 4–6
Runner-up 2. 4 May 1997 BMW Open Clay Germany Jens Knippschild Argentina Pablo Albano
Spain Àlex Corretja
6–3, 5–7, 2–6
Runner-up 3. 5 October 1997 Basel Carpet (i) United States Jim Grabb United Kingdom Tim Henman
Switzerland Marc Rosset
6–7, 7–6, 6–7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karsten Braasch ATP Rankings History", ATPWorldTour.com
  2. ^ "Serena Williams still savouring Andy Roddick 'win' 16 years on", OnTennis.com, posted 22 January 2009
  3. ^ "Sister act falls in Battle of Sexes, The Free Lance-Star – 27 January 1998

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