10.07.2019 - Gstaad
An unfortunate toe injury sidelined Marketa Sluková during the most important event of the season, last week’s World Championships in Hamburg. But the Czech star didn’t have to wait long to be back at the court and she managed to do it in one of her favorite tournaments, the Swatch Major Gstaad.
The 31-year-old defender returned to the Swiss Alps, where she claimed a bronze medal with former partner Kristyna Kolocová in 2014, and had a promising alongside teammate Barbora Hermannova and the duo downed Germans Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider 21-19, 21-18 in their first match.
Maki, who had tape on her right foot to protect her recently-injured toe, was at her best on her return as she scored 17 points, more than any other player in the court, and registered three aces.
The Czechs are now in position to contend for the first spot of Pool D and to do so they will have to overcome the home team of Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré on Thursday. The Swiss overcame a first-set loss to post a 18-21, 21-19, 15-12 win over Germany’s Karla Borger and Julia Sude in their first match in Gstaad.
In Pool B, Canadian world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes, who downed Switzerland’s Laura Caluori and Dunja Gerson 17-21, 21-7, 15-10, and Brazil’s Carol Salgado and Maria Elisa Antonelli, who triumphed over Slovakia’s Natalia Dubovcova and Andrea Strbova 21-19, 21-19, will play for the first place.
Pool C is also set for its conclusion after USA’s World Championships silver medalists April Ross and Alix Klineman beat Poland’s Kinga Wojtasik and Katarzyna Kociolek 18-21, 22-20, 15-4 and Spain’s Liliana Fernández and Elsa Baquerizo prevailed over Dutch Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel 21-11, 21-16 in the first round.
Pool E’s winners will be either Brazil’s Rebecca Cavalcanti and Ana Patricia Ramos or Germany’s Sandra Ittlinger and Chantal Laboureur. The Brazilians came from behind to defeat Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch 17-21, 21-12, 15-7 while the Europeans topped Russians Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina 21-15, 20-22, 15-9.