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2018-07-12 13:19:00 CEST

All good for Agatha!

While Brazil’s men struggle – it’s all okay for the girls!

Agatha and Duda celebrate on what's been a mixed day for Brazilian beach volleyball in GstaadAgatha and Duda celebrate on what's been a mixed day for Brazilian beach volleyball in Gstaad

It’s not all bad for Brazil at the Swatch Gstaad Major – just ask Agatha and Duda!

The Brazilian third seeds made it through to the last 16 of the Major in the Mountains after toughing out a thrilling 2-1 victory over Russian youngsters Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina on Center Court.

Unlike the men, who only have one sole surviving team in the competition, there are three Brazilian women’s teams still going for gold in Gstaad.

Agatha and Duda, recent winners of the four-star in Itapema, will be joined by Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado and Carolina Horta and Taiana Lima in the elimination phase in the pursuit of cowbells.

“We’ve won both matches 2-1 which is good but not good for our nerves, or our coach!” laughed Agatha afterwards. “We can use this as good experience but we know the competition is so tough that a 2-0 result isn’t always possible.”

With the talk of the Alps about the issues affecting the new Brazilian men’s teams, Agatha said: “It’s still early in the season. They have only just started playing together, since June, so they will need some time to get better.

“It’s disappointing but these are good players. Wait until later in the season and we’ll see what happens then. I was surprised when they split up and I hope that their results can improve as that’s what we want in Brazilian beach volleyball.”

Among the other teams secured of a place in the last 16 are world number ones Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan, Australian Espinho winners Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho del Solar, American qualifiers Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman and Germans Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider.

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