2017-07-08 16:27:00 CEST
Swiss hopes dashed by clinical Canadians
Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes stopped the Swiss winning a cowbell on home sand and won their second Major Series medal in the space of seven days in the process.
This time last week the Canadians were crowned Poreč Major champions following their win over Czech pair Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková. And on packed Center Court high in the Swiss Alps, the North Americans crushed Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich to win the bronze medal in Gstaad.
Following their epic 66-minute semifinal epic against Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, the Swiss were clearly feeling the heat and struggled to put the Canadians under pressure.
With Humana-Paredes covering every grain of sand at the back of the court and Pavan doing the business at the net, the Canadians were always in control and cruised to a 21-15, 21-12 victory to earn bronze – Canada’s only second medal in 18 Gstaad tournaments.
Having secured yet another medal, their third on the World Tour in the past two months, Pavan is now eyeing World Championship glory in Vienna.
“We wanted a cowbell and we have earned one,” said a delighted Pavan. “I’m so proud of our team because this morning we didn’t play well but we came back after a short break.
“I’m excited of how far this team can go. We want to win tournaments and medals so we’re going to have a bullseye on our back now.
“We’ve had a great two weeks and it’s perfect for preparation for the World Championships because we want to be on the podium there.”
Vergé-Dépré, said on her fourth place: “At the beginning of the game we had some break points that we didn’t put down and perhaps if we had it would be been a different story.”