2018-07-09 18:24:00 CET
One day after winning silver in Espinho, the Brazilians were taken down in the country-quota
Ricardo Santos and Guto Carvalhaes had just a couple of hours to prepare for their country-quota match at the Swatch Major Gstaad on Monday.
The Brazilians’ confidence was high as they had won the silver medal in the four-star event in Espinho less than 24 hours earlier, but the exhausting journey took a toll on their bodies and they are out of the tournament in the Swiss Alps.
The 43-year-old legend and the 24-year-old defender played nine matches in the last five days in Portugal and had to take an overnight flight to make it to Gstaad on time. They arrived in the city just two hours before their game against Thiago Barbosa and George Wanderley and were taken down in two sets (21-15, 21-17) to wave goodbye to the event.
Even if extreme, the situation was not new to Guto, who played in last year’s Gstaad country-quota with former partner Pedro Solberg the day after they had won the Poreč Major. That time, though, he succeeded and advanced to the qualification tournament.
“It was crazy, but we believed in our team and we took our chances,” Guto said after the game. “We knew we’d be tired when we got here but we were confident that we could make it. The tournament in Portugal finished on Sunday, so I think we could have at least another day before it started here. It’s a long trip and sometimes our bodies can’t hold it.”
Despite the setback, the young defender is making the most of the opportunity of playing with Ricardo, the partner he chose after splitting with Vitor Felipe. The team has played just three tournaments so far and has Espinho’s silver medal sandwiched between two country-quota eliminations.
“It’s been great to play with him, I’m learning a lot,” Guto acknowledged. “We are enjoying each tournament and just focusing in the present.”
Thiago and George, who defeated Alvaro Filho and temporary partner Luciano Ferreira 2-1 (19-21, 21-14, 15-12) in their first country-quota match, advanced to the qualification tournament. The Gstaad Major is their fourth tournament together and their best result was a 17th-place finish in Ostrava on their debut.
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