2017-07-08 09:51:00 CEST

Swiss friends reunited

Former teammates watch Swiss stars reach Gstaad semis

Anouk, Jo, Nadine and Isabelle take a selfie post-matchAnouk, Jo, Nadine and Isabelle take a selfie post-match

Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich had two very special supporters among the Center Court crowd to cheer them onto victory and a place in the Gstaad Major semifinals: former teammates Nadine Zumkehr and Isabelle Forrer.

The Swiss stars booked their place in the last four of their home tournament with a brilliant 2-1 win over Brazilians Taiana Lima and Elize Maia.

And afterwards the quartet – who all represented Switzerland at last summer’s Olympics – were reunited in the mixed zone.

“In the first two sets it wasn’t too bad watching,” said Isabelle, who used to partner Anouk. “But in the end it was really nerve-wracking. For sure I definitely know I prefer playing than watching.”

Swiss Partners Reunited

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Nadine, who together with Simone Kuhn was the last women to win a cowbell in Gstaad – a bronze – back in 2012, said: “We were sitting there proud of ourselves because we were dealing with the nerves.

“Then all of a sudden the game changed and it got really exciting. It’s nice to see them play and win. It’s the best thing we could imagine, to see them qualify for the semifinal.”

Zumkehr and former teammate Heidrich finished fifth in the Rio Olympics, added: “For sure they can bring home a cowbell. Switzerland has won before but I think they can definitely take another colour.”

On the game itself, Vergé-Dépré said: “It had everything. We tried to relax and focus on our game and every point and not give up.

“We had the whole crowd behind us – and these two!”

Vergé-Dépré and Heidrich will take on in-form German duo Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude on Center Court at 11am on Saturday for a place in the final.

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