11.07.2019 - Gstaad
We’ve seen many times over the years how a home crowd can help raise the game of athletes.
However on a cold, crisp morning at the foot of the Swiss Alps, the dreams of two teams from Switzerland bowed out of the Swatch Gstaad Major.
Yves Haussner and Quentin Metral needed to bounce back from a defeat from yesterday’s world number ones Anders Mol and Christian Sørum against the Czech pair Ondrej Perusic and David Schweiner. However, their dream of making the elimination phase was shattered by their higher-ranked opponents, who advanced to the Round of 24 with a 21-15, 21-19 victory.
In the game that followed on the Center Court, all eyes were on Marco Krattiger and Nico Beeler, making their first appearance in Gstaad together in two years following Marco’s injury last season. All seemed to be going to plan for the Swiss against Poland’s Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak as the home favorites took the first set 24-22 having trailed 5-0 at one point.
However the Poles are not one of the best teams in the world for nothing and they hauled themselves back into the match with a 21-19 second set. Come the tiebreak the Swiss started better than they had done in their previous two sets, leading 5-2 at one stage. But back came Bartosz and Piotr, and a run of five points from the next six helped sealed a comeback win.
Elsewhere on the morning of day three the biggest names to exit the tournament were Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb. The Americans, who finished fourth at the World Championships lost to Ben Saxton and Grant O’Gorman in their pool survivor clash.
Also waving goodbye to the mountains were two great entertainers. Italians Adrian Carambula and Enrico Rossi lost their match to Saymon Barbosa and Guto Carvalhaes of Brazil, while the US’ Casey Patterson and Chase Budinger went down in straight sets to Latvians Edgars Tocs and Martins Plavins.
All of the teams who made it through by winning one of their pool play matches will be in the first draw for the Round of 24 which will take place later today.