2018-06-19 14:34:00 CEST
Find out which teams have secured their spot in the main draw
Let’s get ready for Gstaad! One team that are already preparing are current world number one women’s team Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, who head the women’s entry list for next month’s Swatch Major Gstaad.
The Canadians enjoyed a brilliant 2017 season – their first together as a team – including a bronze medal in Gstaad 12 months ago when they ended Swiss dreams of a medal by beating Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré in the fight for third place.
As ever the main draw is packed with high-quality teams. Last year’s winners Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude are among the 24 teams already a secured a pool play place. The teams will be joined by eight tandems who will battle it out in the qualification rounds.
Brazil have three teams already in the main draw, including Fort Lauderdale Major champions Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti and the team they beat in the final of Huntington Beach four-star in May, Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado.
The Brazilians will have plenty of competition from rivals USA in Gstaad, with four American teams eyeing gold, including April Ross and Alix Klineman, recent AVP winners Summer Ross and Sara Hughes and wildcards Kerri Walsh Jennings and Nicole Branagh.
In the long and illustrious history of beach volleyball in Gstaad, only once in 18 tournament has a Swiss women’s team won a medal. You have to go back to 2012 when Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkehr won bronze for the last time a home team stood on the podium under the mountains. This year, the home fans will be hoping to see a Swiss team shaking a cowbell after last year’s near miss. Those bidding to add a home medal this year are Heidrich and Vergé-Dépré, Nina Betschart and Tanja Hüberli and wildcards Dunja Gerson and Laura Calouri.
Elena Steinemann and Nicole Eiholzer are a Swiss team that will enter a strong-looking qualification round that also contains up-and-coming German youngsters Kim Behrens and Sandra Ittlinger and consistent Polish pair Katarzyna Kociolek and 2016 Olympian Kinga Kolosinska.
If that wasn’t enough, Brazil and the US have three teams each in the country quota, battling for one place each. Among those are Fort Lauderdale Major silver medalists Taiana Lima and Carol Horta.
Is your favorite team in the main draw? Check out the full entry list for this year’s Swatch Major Gstaad here.