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2018-07-13 18:43:00 CET

Czechs ready for Canadian showdown

Marketa Slukova can’t wait to take on Heather and Brandie!

Marketa (digging) and Barbora are into the quartefinalsMarketa (digging) and Barbora are into the quartefinals

In-form Czech duo Marketa Sluková and Barbora Hermannová ended the Swiss challenge in Gstaad – and now have sights on taking down one of their bogey teams when they meet in Saturday’s quarterfinals.

Marketa and Barbora battled past home heroes Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart in a thrilling three-set epic on Center Court, and will now face Canada’s Brandie Wilkerson and Heather Bansley for a place in the last four.

The North Americans have enjoyed the upper hand in the past meetings, winning three of the four matches between the teams this season. However, Sluková and Hermannová won when it mattered most: in the gold medal match in Ostrava two weeks ago.

And despite that bad record against their up-coming opponents, Marketa is looking forward to what promises to be a great match.

“Every season there’s one team you meet what feels like a 100 times and that seems to be Brandie and Heather,” she said. “We’ve played four times this season and only won once. It’s always a fight and I think if both teams bring their game Gstaad has something amazing to look forward to. It’ll be fun and it’ll be back and forth.”

The Czechs won on home soil in Ostrava this season but you have to go back to Poreč last season for the previous time they medaled when they took home silver.

However, their performances have improved dramatic this term with a host of top five finishes complimenting the famous win in Ostrava.

“This is our third season and I think we are learning how to deal with each other really well now,” admitted Marketa. “Over the last few months I think we’ve developed into a really strong team and found out game style. We also play with fun and a lot of humor and I think that helps a lot.

“We’ve become a strong team physically and mentally and all thanks goes to our coach, Simon, who has worked really hard with us. That hard work is now finally paying off.”

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