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2018-07-12 15:39:00 CET

Double Dutch delight

Van Iersel/Stubbe and Meppelink/Keizer win and make it to the elimination round in Gstaad

Van Iersel and Stubbe took a Swiss team down on center courtVan Iersel and Stubbe took a Swiss team down on center court

The two female teams that represent the Netherlands in the Swatch Major Gstaad entered the second day of the main draw in the Swiss Alps under pressure. Defeated by German tandems in their pool-openers, Marleen van Iersel/Joy Stubbe and Madelein Meppelink/Sanne Keizer needed to win to remain alive in the tournament.

And they both did it.

Van Iersel and Stubbe, who are playing their first season together, controlled their nerves in the Center Court to prevail over Swiss wildcards Dunja Gerson and Laura Caluori, who had the support of the home fans, in straight sets (21-13, 21-13). They finished third on Pool A and advanced to the Round of 24.

We lost our first game yesterday against Germany 🇩🇪, But we won our second game from Switzerland!! 🇨🇭🐄 loved the atmosphere on the center court, even when the crowd wasn't cheering for us! 😆🙌🏼 #Voorelkaar #discoveryoursmile #gstaadmajor #VanhiertotTokyo #unstubbable 📷 @melanie_duchene_md

73 Likes, 2 Comments - Joy Stubbe (@joystubbe) on Instagram: "We lost our first game yesterday against Germany 🇩🇪, But we won our second game from Switzerland!!..."

Veterans Meppelink and Keizer, who returned to the World Tour recently, took a similar route as they rebounded against the young Austrian team of Lena Plesiutschnig and Katharina Schützenhöfer. The Dutch claimed a 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) to secure the third-place spot in Pool F and also progress to the elimination rounds.

The next opponents of both teams will be defined after the conclusion of pool play on Thursday night.

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