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2018-07-11 00:44:00 CET

Five women’s games you can’t miss

As the main draw kicks off, here are the match-ups you’ll want to keep an eye on

Hüberli and Betschart defeated Kolocova and Kvapilova on last year's World Tour Finals in HamburgHüberli and Betschart defeated Kolocova and Kvapilova on last year's World Tour Finals in Hamburg

The stage is set and the women’s main draw tournament of the Swatch Major Gstaad starts this Wednesday with the first 16 pool play matches in the Swiss Alps. Each of the 32 teams entered for the tournament will play once and we hope you can watch as many matches as possibly, but just in case, here are the ones you definitely won’t want to miss.

 

Who? Borger/Kozuch v Branagh/Walsh

Where? Center Court

When? 14:00 CEST

Why? No one has won more gold medals in Gstaad than Walsh Jennings and the American star just feels at home in the Swiss Alps every time she steps feet there. However, Branagh and Kerri will have a tough tournament-opener against the Germans, who won their first World Tour medal together just a few weeks ago, in Ostrava.

 

Who? Pavan/Humana-Paredes v Caluori/Gerson

Where? Center Court

When? 15:00 CEST

Why? The Canadians, who won bronze last year in Gstaad, have remained strong at the top of the world rankings for quite a few months now, but their only World Tour medal in 2018 came back in April, in Xiamen. The Swiss, on the other hand, are in their first season together and will be playing at home, so they won’t be short in motivation to upset the top-seeded team in the tournament.

 

Who? Hüberli/Betschart v Kolocova/Kvapilova

Where? Center Court

When? 16:00 CEST

Why? The fan-favorites will try to make the most of their third time together in Gstaad and a strong start would certainly help. However, they’ll face a strong Czech duo, which are looking to rebound after getting just one top-5 finish in their last six events. The Swiss have won four of the six meeting between the teams, but not the most recent one, less than two months ago.

 

Who? Maria Antonelli/Carol v Plesiutschnig/Schützenhöfer

Where? Court 3

When? 16:00 CEST

Why? The Brazilians are on top of their game right now and just reached the top spot in the world rankings after winning the silver medal last weekend in Espinho. However, Carol has been playing with a twisted ankle and that vulnerability could be explored by the up-and-coming Austrians, who are enjoying a good season so far, having won two World Tour medals this season, including a gold in Mersin.

 

Who? Laboureur/Sude v Larsen/Stockman

Where? Court 3

When? 17:00 CEST

Why? The Germans are the defending champions in Gstaad and had top-10 finishes in all but one of the tournaments they competed at in 2018. They handled the Americans well the only time they met, in Huntington Beach, in May, but Larsen and Stockman have better chemistry and have already adjusted to the conditions in Swiss Alps as they already played three matches in the country-quota and the qualification tournament.

The full schedule is available here.

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