2017-07-04 18:04:00 CEST

Independence Day delight for US duos

Qualification victories for two of the American teams

John Hyden and Ryan Doherty made it through to the main draw.John Hyden and Ryan Doherty made it through to the main draw.

The opening day of the Gstaad Major was one to savour for the two American teams playing on July 4 as both booked their spots in this week’s main draw.

Legendary veterans John Hyden, 44, and Ryan Doherty, 33, lost in qualification at the Poreč Major last week but there was no such problems in Gstaad. The Californians beat Englishmen Jake Sheaf and Chris Gregory in straight sets.

The pair join four other American men’s tandems in the main draw, including last year’s silver medalists Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena.

Meanwhile, in the women’s competition, Kim Dicello and Emily Stockman join the likes of Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross in the main draw after they battled to a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Australians Nicole Laird and Jessyka Ngauamo.

The Aussies took the first set 21-19 but Dicello and Stockman stormed back to win the second easily, 21-11. It was tight again in the decider but Americans came out on the top in the end, winning 18-16.

Check out who else made it through to the main draw by clicking here for all of the qualification results. And if you missed any serve or spike from a busy first day of action you can watch it all back on BeachStream.

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