2017-07-06 11:19:00 CEST

Heartbreak on Center Court for birthday girl

Mixed emotions for Swiss team after win over Dutch duo

Laura and Elena were so close to making the elimination stages at the Gstaad Major.Laura and Elena were so close to making the elimination stages at the Gstaad Major.

Birthday girl Laura Caluori and her partner Elena Steinemann’s involvement in the Gstaad Major ended in heartbreaking fashion despite the Swiss pair’s fantastic victory on Center Court.

Caluori, who celebrates her 23rd birthday today, and Steinemann knew they needed to beat Dutch pair Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel on Center Court to stand a chance of advancing to the knockout stages.

The pair managed to do that, winning in straight sets 21-18, 21-17…unfortunately, their points ratio was not enough meaning the Swiss duo finished in fourth place in the group.

“We’re very happy with this last game, it’s just a shame we didn’t make it out of the pool,” said Steinemann afterwards. “There’s a lot of emotions after this because it’s a big win but we didn’t make it to the elimination stage.”

Despite the setback, there were plenty of positives to take and Steinemann hopes this week’s experience – including a match against Larissa/Talita – can stand the young team in good stead.

“It’s our first main draw on the World Tour and we were a bit nervous, especially in the second game,” said Elena. “We hope to learn from this in the future and be a bit calmer.

“This was our first big tournament in our second season and we’re currently collecting a lot of experience. We’re playing a lot and we just hope to progress. We have time and space to improve and we’re definitely looking forward to playing in Gstaad for a long time still.”

Elsewhere on a busy morning of action in Gstaad, Porec Major silver medalists Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova booked their spot in the last 16 by topping Pool D. The Czech pair recorded a straight sets win over Germans Glenzke/Grossner to make it three wins from three.

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