2018-07-15 11:22:00 CEST
Pavan proud of second set fightback
Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan completed a thrilling turnaround as they came from behind to beat Agatha and Duda to book a place in their first ever Gstaad final.
The North Americans struggled in the first set as the Brazilians took control, racing into a 1-0 lead. However, the Commonwealth Games champions hit back to earn their second Beach Major Series final as a team, winning the second set 21-12 before taking the decider 15-13.
“I’m so proud of how we turned it around,” Sarah said afterwards. “But we didn’t just turn it around we dominated the second set. It was back and forth in the third set and it’s a testament to our team to show the mental strength to comeback and we’re really excited.”
Having found life tough in the opening set, the Canadians did not want to give up their dream of taking home a golden cowbell.
“In the timeout we said ‘let’s turn it around, this is not how we play’,” added Melissa. “We did not want to go out like that. Whether we win or lose we said we wanted to pick it up and play the way we can. In the end, we did and if we can do that in the final then we’ll be happy.”
The winners will face either reigning Gstaad champions Chantal Laboureur or another team from Canada, Heather Bansley and Swiss-born Brandie Wilkerson.
The gold medal match takes place at 2.45pm CET and you can watch it live on BeachStream.
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