For days, continuous rain dampened the rough german tournament, whose spectator response remained far below expectations. Holtwick/semmler missed out on third place with a 0:2 loss to the italians greta cicolari/marta menegatti. "The tournament here was a good rehearsal for london, because the weather forecasts there also predict a lot of rain," said semmler. She and her partner holtwick had already lost 2-1 in the semifinals to the top-seeded chinese team chen xue/xi zhang and had to be satisfied with 18,400 dollars in prize money.
The local heroes sara goller/laura ludwig as well as the two men’s teams julius brink/jonas reckermann and jonathan erdmann/kay matysik (all berlin) qualified for the olympics had already failed early and had disappointed the few spectators. "We really didn’t play well," admitted reckermann.