2017-07-07 20:01:00 CEST
Anouk and Jo earn dramatic quarterfinal victory
We’re sitting here wondering how to describe that game of beach volleyball.
Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich booked their spot in Saturday’s Gstaad Major semifinals with an unbelievable 2-1 win over Taiana Lima and Elize Maia.
Suspense, drama, contested decisions, hawkeye, thrilling rallies and some incredible digs – this was a rollercoaster of a match that had it all.
But for the Swiss team and their fans who packed the Center Court, it had one final, critical moment: they won.
And at one stage in the final set that did not look likely – the Brazilian qualifiers held three match points. On each occasion however Anouk and Jo refused to buckle, they dug deep – literally – to find the reserve to come back and win 18-16 in a truly memorable final set.
Their prize for their efforts? A semifinal against the best German team on the tour at the moment, Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude.
“It was the most thrilling game ever,” said a delighted Vergé-Dépré afterwards. “We fought until the very last point. There were challenges, points on the line, it had everything.
“I think we just believed in it and that was key.”
As we’ve said all week, the Swiss are looking to end 17 years without a golden cowbell in Gstaad but Anouk was just happy to have made the weekend.
“I always dreamed of playing the weekend here,” she said. “I’ve been coming here since I was little when I was giving balls to the players…now I’m playing myself.
“It’s really nice because this kind of thing doesn’t happen to people every day so it would be amazing to continue the run tomorrow.”
Their opponents Laboureur/Sude will be a tough nut to crack, however. The Fort Lauderdale Major bronze medalists dispatched Czech Poreč Major silver medalists Hermannová/Sluková 21-15, 21-14 in just 36 minutes.