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Karsten Braasch (born 14 July 1967) 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.

Karsten Braasch
Braasch 1987.jpg
Karsten Braasch in 1987
Country (sports) Germany
ResidenceRatingen, Germany
Born (1967-07-14) 14 July 1967 (age 52)
Marl, Germany
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Turned pro1987
Retired2005
PlaysLeft-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$1,497,244
Singles
Career record68–96 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 38 (13 June 1994)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (1997)
French Open1R (1992, 1994, 1995)
Wimbledon2R (1992, 1994)
US Open3R (1993)
Doubles
Career record103–128 (at ATP Tour-level, Grand Slam-level, and in Davis Cup)
Career titles6
Highest rankingNo. 36 (10 November 1997)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open3R (2001, 2004)
French OpenQF (1997, 2004)
Wimbledon2R (1998, 1999, 2002)
US Open2R (1998)
Mixed doubles
Career record7–7
Career titles0
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
French Open3R (1997)
Wimbledon3R (1997, 2001)

Braasch competed in a "Battle of the Sexes" contest against the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) at the 1998 Australian Open when he was ranked 203. 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] Braasch was thirty years old at the time, while Venus and Serena were seventeen and sixteen, respectively.

Career finalsEdit

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   Richard Krajicek 3–6, 4–6

Doubles: 9 (6 titles – 3 runners-up)Edit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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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