2017-07-06 10:35:00 CEST

No golden hangover yet for Pavan

Canadians rich vein of form continues in the mountains

Sarah and Melissa have now won 10 Major Series matches on the spinSarah and Melissa have now won 10 Major Series matches on the spin

The winning feeling has continued for Poreč Major champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes in Gstaad this week but the Canadians want to keep their feet firmly on the sand in the Alps.

The duo have continued from where they left off on the Croatian coast up here in the mountains, winning all three of their Gstaad Major pool matches to guarantee their spot in the last 16.

But Pavan, who finished ninth here last season with former partner Heather Bansley, knows despite their three wins so far there’s still room for improvement.

“We were very aware that we didn’t want to have a gold medal hangover, coming back this week so soon after our win in Poreč,” said the 30-year-old blocker.

“We still need to play strong and take care of our side of our game. In our first couple of games, we weren’t at our best but we’re getting better.

“It’s great winning the pool and if we can continue to play like this we feel confident we can win.”

The pair were in superb form to beat another team at the top of their game – Poreč Major quarterfinals Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes of the United States 21-12, 21-15 – to ensure they made it through to Friday’s second elimination round.

Canada were narrowly denied a second team in the last 16 on Thursday morning as Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson lost out to Agatha/Duda in a three-set thriller. The Brazilians’ victory means they advance to the last 16, meaning the Canadians will play later today in the first elimination stage.

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