2018-07-13 12:07:00 CEST
Injury hits Swiss stars at Swatch Major Gstaad
A back injury sustained to Joana Heidrich halted her and teammate Anouk Vergé-Dépré’s hopes of a home medal after a heartbreaking defeat on Center Court.
The Swiss darlings had already lost the first set to Holland’s Marleen van Iersel and Joy Stubbe before play was halted mid-way through the second following Joana’s injury.
Although the home favorites continued valiantly it was not enough and the Dutch advanced to the last 16.
“It was tough, I was trying to do all I could to help Joana but it was really difficult against a team,” Anouk said. “I could see she was in pain and her movement was restricted.”
However, the 26-year-old was honest in her assessment after their dreams of a cowbell was dashed in such unfortunate circumstances.
“Even before the injury our level wasn’t near enough,” said the defender – who was seen blocking at times in the second set as Joana’s injury took its toll. “This is not the way we wanted to leave the tournament. That’s obvious. But now we must wait to see how Joana is and whether we can play in next week’s European Championships.”
It was not all sad news for the Swiss, however, as Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart ensured there will be a home team in the women’s last 16 as they did get the better of a team from Holland. Tanja and Nina beat Sanne Keiser and Madeline Meppelink to set-up a meeting with the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Slukova.
The victory means the duo will enjoy the best result at their home tournament after early exits in previous seasons.
“It wasn’t easy after yesterday’s game [against Bansley/Wilkerson] so it was important to forget about that,” said Tanja afterwards. “We knew we had to fight for a good feeling on the court and I think we did that so we’re really happy about the victory.”
The women’s last 16 is now complete – click here for the full run down of who is playing who.