Quarter-Finals : Diepholz & Krefeld through to semis

The 2023 Bundesliga Finals got under way today at Turnhalle in Krefeld with two quarter-final matches.

The second and third place teams in the North and South divisions met in crossover matches to determine who meets the Divisional winners in tomorrow’s semi-finals (they were drawn after the matches).

In the event, both divisional runners-up beat the respective third-placed teams, Diepholz reaching the semis for the second time in a row while hosts Krefeld booked their first ever semi-final spot.

Read on for results and roundups, plus you can Watch Replays and check out the Photo Gallery.

Bundesliga Finals 2023 : Day ONE, Quarter-Final TWO


#4 :  Max Braun 3-0 Jonathan Kovac    13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (31m)
#1 :  Baptiste Masotti 3-0 Mazan Gamal   11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (36m)
#2 :  Balasz Farkas 3-1 Daniel Poleschuk   11-9, 11-6, 7-11, 11-3 (50m)
#3 :  Jan Wipperfurth 3-0 Julian Wollny   11-8, 11-9, 11-7 (28m)

Hosts cruise into semis

It was a great finish to day one for the home crowd as Krefeld eased past Berlin to reach the semi-finals for the first time ever!

Max Braun and Baptiste Masotti got the team off to the perfect start with three-nil wins, and when Balasz Farkas took the first game in his match the berth was sealed.

The match was played out, with Krefeld completing the whitewash, followed by the draw which put the home team into tomorrow’s evening semi-final against Worms.

Bundesliga Finals 2023 : Day ONE, Quarter-Final ONE

DIEPHOLZ (N2) 2-2 (7-6) KEMPTEN (S3)

#4 :  Julian Kischel 0-3 Florian Stoeger    11-13, 9-11, 10-12 (40m)
#1 :  Mazen Hesham 3-0 Iker Pajares     12-10, 11-6, 12-10 (55m)
#2 :  Rory Stewart 1-3 Yannick Wilhelmi  11-9, 5-11, 9-11, 10-12 (61m)
#3 :  Felix Auer 3-0 Pasquale Ruzicka    11-6, 11-9, 11-6 (36m)

Diepholz win on games

The first quarter-final went to seeding as Diepholz got the better of a 2-2 draw with Kempten, 7-6 on games.

It was a great start for Kempten as Florian Stoeger won three close games in the opening match, but Mazen Hesham levelled as he got past Iker Pajares, also in straight games. Rory Stewart took the first game but Yannick Wilhelmi took the next three to put Kempten back in front.

Needing a three-nil win to avoid any sort of countback, Felix Auer duly delivered for Diepholz to put them through to tomorrow’s semis.