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2018-07-12 22:00:00 CET

Five Friday matches to watch

As the tournament funnels, the only option for the 40 teams left right now is winning

Brouwer and Meeuwsen will try to stop Italians Andreatta and AbbiatiBrouwer and Meeuwsen will try to stop Italians Andreatta and Abbiati

After the first two days of the main draw at the Swatch Major Gstaad, 24 women’s teams and 16 men’s duos remain in contention for the elusive cowbells in the Swiss Alps. With the tournament approaching its final stage for both genders, winnings is the only option left as any setback from now on will mean the end of the line.

Emotions will be high in each of the 28 matches scheduled for Friday, but here are the ones you cannot miss:

 

Who? Walsh/Branagh v Sude/Laboureur

Where? Court 3

When? 10:00 CEST

Why? Either the Germans, who are the defending champions in Gstaad, or the American legend, who has taken home six cowbells already, will have their dreams cut short. Both teams had ups and downs in the tournament already but they can’t afford any more mistakes at the cost of being sent home early. Sude and Laboureur won the only match between the teams so far two months ago, but the experience is definitely on Walsh and Branagh’s side on this one.

 

Who? Anouk/Vergé-Dépré v Stubbe/van Iersel

Where? Center Court

When? 11:00 CEST

Why? To keep dreaming about the elusive cowbells, which they nearly achieved last year, the home heroes will have to rebound from a defeat to Americans Alix and Klineman and April Ross against the Dutch, who started slow but found their best game in the second day in Gstaad. Stubbe and van Iersel prevailed the only time the teams met, in Fort Lauderdale, but Anouk and Joana will have the fans by their side this time.

 

Who? Dalhausser/Lucena v Heidrich/Gerson

Where? Center Court

When? 12:00 CEST

Why? No other match in the men’s tournament will have more Swiss players on the court, as Dalhausser was born in the country and is fighting for his fifth cowbell and the second with Nick, with who he won the tournament last year. The young Swiss held their own on pool play and couldn’t have a better way to ignite their fans than a victory against one of the best teams in the world in a packed Center Court.

 

Who? Andreatta/Abbiati v Brouwer/Meeuwsen

Where? Court 3

When? 12:00 CEST

Why? Okay, you obviously can’t be in two places at the same time, but that’s what’s BeachStream is there for. The Italians are arguably the most surprising team of the men’s tournament so far and have won four matches in Gstaad already starting from the qualifiers. The Dutch, though, will pose a different kind of threat as they have been one of the most consistent teams in the World Tour in 2018 and are more than used to the big stage.

 

Who? Pedro/Bruno v Mol/Sørum

Where? Center Court

When? 14:00 CEST

Why? The new Brazilian team is the lone representative of their country in the tournament and, after an early setback, it came back stronger winning two matches on Thursday. The Norwegians, who beat Pedro and Bruno a couple of weeks ago in Warsaw, are a team in the rise in the international scene and have showed little to no weaknesses during their first two games in Gstaad.  

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