10.07.2019 - Gstaad
After not finding their ways to the podium for the first time in the World Championships history last week in Hamburg, Brazilian beach volleyball teams seem to be back on track as they won three of their first four matches at the Swatch Major Gstaad.
André Loyola and George Wanderley, who were the best Brazilian team in Hamburg with a fifth-place finish, debuted in the Swiss Alps with a straight-set victory (21-15, 22-20) over Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins. It was the second time they met the Latvians last Thursday in a Round of 16 match in the German city.
Evandro Gonçalves and Bruno Schmidt also started their campaigns in Gstaad with a two-set triumph as they downed China’s Peng Gao and Yang Li 21-15, 21-12. Their win paved the way for an all-Brazilian match-up later on Wednesday as they will play André and George for the first spot in Pool F.
Evandro and André triumphed at the 2017 World Championships together, but split less than one year later. Since then, they’ve met three times at the World Tour and Evandro came out on top in two of them.
Alison Cerutti and Álvaro Filho were the third Brazilian team to secure a debuting win in Gstaad, but unlike their compatriots they needed all three sets to push Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak 21-18, 19-21, 15-9. They will now face the recently-crowned world champions Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov of Russia for the top spot of Pool B and a direct spot in the Round of 16.
The fourth Brazilian team to enter the court in Gstaad didn’t have the same fate, though, as Saymon Barbosa and Guto Carvalhaes, who won Monday’s country-quota and advanced from Tuesday qualifiers, couldn’t handle Spanish Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, who topped them 21-17, 21-18. They will now play Italy’s Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi for third place in Pool G.