2018-07-14 12:40:00 CEST
Morning victories set-up last season’s quarterfinal
Twelve months ago Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan beat Agatha and Duda in the quarterfinals in the Alps – and on Sunday the two teams will meet again for a place in the Swatch Major Gstaad final.
The Canadians, who took home a bronze cowbell last year, are one step closer to getting their hands on another after they beat Americans Alix Klineman and April Ross in straight sets.
It was a far cry from the epic, one-hour, three-set thriller the two teams contested at Huntington Beach in May. Melissa and Sarah needed just 39 minutes to win this time around.
“We watched back that game before this one again and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Sarah told us after the 21-15, 21-15 triumph. “They are a great team. We can only affect what we do and we played well.”
After winning bronze last season it’s clear that last season’s Poreč champs want the cowbell of the golden variety.
“There’s always room for more cowbells,” smiled Melissa. “This tournament means a lot to us, like it does to all players. But we’re happy with the way we played but the semifinal will be tough. We beat them last season here and we’re hoping for more of the same.”
Agatha and Duda, the only Brazilians left in the whole of Gstaad, booked their place in the final four by beating American qualifiers Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman in three sets. Larsen/Stockman arrived on Sunday at 2am before coming through the country quota. And, although they took the first set in the quarterfinal, Agatha and Duda were too strong, winning 20-22, 21-15, 15-7. Duda, at 19, is aiming to become the youngest winner of a Major Series tournament.
The remaining quarterfinals, Hermannovaa/Slukovva v Bansley/Wilkerson and Laboureur/Sude v Murakami/Ishii take place later this afternoon.
And you can watch both matches live on BeachStream.