2018-07-11 14:16:00 CET
One win but two defeats for home heroes in Gstaad
Swiss fans celebrated one victory on the first day of pool play at the Swatch Major Gstaad, but it was frustration for two other teams as the tournament began in style in the Alps.
Those fans who entered Gstaadium early on Tuesday morning were treated to a win for home favorites Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson. The team, the top-ranked Swiss team in the main draw, got the better of Venezuela’s Carlos Rangel and Jose Gregorio Gomez in straight sets (21-19, 21-12).
“It’s a good start, we came into the game knowing we were favorites but it still wasn’t easy,” said Adrian, brother of Joana. “We had an expectation to win the match but we have been playing well recently so we were confident.”
Unfortunately Swiss success did not follow after their victory. Nico Beeler and Quentin Métral – playing instead of the injured Marco Krattiger – fell to a straight sets defeat to dangerous Dutch duo Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen.
The task for the home teams in the men’s main draw did not get any easier, either. Gabriel Kissling and Michiel Zandbergen faced world number ones Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak. And the Polish pair – who won silver here 12 months ago – were too strong, winning 21-18, 21-15.
After early morning defeats for two top Brazilian teams, the South American’s tournament did not get any better as Pedro Solberg and Bruno Oscar Schmidt also lost their pool play opener, going down in three sets to Canadians Sam Pedlow and Sam Schachter.
However it was good news for reigning champions Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who breezed past German qualifiers Philipp Bergmann and Yannick Harms in straight sets.
The women’s matches get under way at 2pm CET. Check out these mustn’t miss matches later today here.
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