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2017-07-08 12:33:00 CET

Swiss dreams shattered

Anouk and Jo’s search for gold ended by Germans

Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude are in the Gstaad Major finalChantal Laboureur and Julia Sude are in the Gstaad Major final

The dream of a golden cowbell for Swiss stars Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich is over.

The stunned silence on Center Court told its own story as Germany’s Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude came from a set down to clinch a fabulous victory to reach the final of the Gstaad Major.

It all seemed to be going to plan for the Swiss pair after they took the first set 21-15 and led in the second. Anouk and Jo had a one match point in the second set but the German girls are made of strong stuff and they battled back to level the score 23-21.

The drama was reserved for the deciding set. Both teams traded sideout point after sideout point – but the key moment came when a fierce Heidrich serve was returned by Laboureur but neither Heidrich or Vergé-Dépré and Heidrich reacted in time – both leaving the ball for each other, and the Germans seized the advantage. Laboureur then converted the winning point to leave the Center Court in disbelief.

“It was a good game from both sides, we put everything into it,” said Laboureur. “We had a lot of chances they kept fighting so it was relief when the ball finally hit the sand.”

A disappointed Anouk said: “It was a really good game but we have to forget about it now and focus on the bronze medal match. We’ll analyse the game back and make it better next time. It’s all about mental strength now.”

Of course a cowbell is still within reach for the Swiss pair – they will contest the bronze medal match 3.15pm CET. You can watch that game live on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up.

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