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2018-07-11 18:02:00 CEST

Defending champs lose Gstaad opener

Germans Sude and Laboureur were dazed by American qualifiers Larsen and Stockman

A frustrated Laboureur after an early setback in the Gstaad MajorA frustrated Laboureur after an early setback in the Gstaad Major

Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur’s journey to defend their title at the 2018 Swatch Major Gstaad didn’t start as planned as the Germans, who won the golden cowbells in the Swiss Alps last year, were taken down by Americans Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsein in their first match in Pool G.

The Americans, who have already advanced from the country-quota and the qualification tournament in the event, came out on top by winning a very tight match 21-19, 21-19. Ironically, the Germans had also faced Stockman in their first match in Gstaad last year, but in the occasion they defeated her and former partner Kim DiCello.

The defending champs will now have to defeat Poland’s Katarzyna Kociolek and Kinga Kolosinska in their final pool play match this Thursday to remain in contention in the Gstaad Major.

Stockman and Larsen, on the other hand, will compete for the top spot of the pool with fellow Americans Sara Hughes and Summer Ross. The duo took the Polish tandem down in straight sets (21-19, 23-21) in a rematch of last Saturday’s Espinho Open bronze medal match.

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