11.07.2019 - Gstaad, Switzerland
Germany’s medal hopes in the women’s tournament of the 2019 Swatch Major Gstaad were cut in half on Thursday morning as the country saw two of its four teams be eliminated in pool play in the Swiss Alps.
Reigning Olympic champion Laura Ludwig and her partner, former indoor star Maggie Kozuch, were the first to be knocked out of the tournament just to be followed by 2017 Gstaad Major champion Julia Sude and Rio 2016 Olympian Karla Borger one hour later. Both teams finished 25th in the event.
Ludwig and Kozuch, who also didn’t make very far at last week’s World Championships, had a tough match-up with Nadezda Makroguzova and Svetlana Kholomina in a Pool E win-or-go-home match and the Russians were just too much form them to handle as they posted a 21-17, 21-18 win.
Sude, who won silver in Gstaad last year, and Borger, on the other hand, were faced with another German team on Pool D, the one of qualifiers Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider, who downed the veterans 21-18, 21-14 to move forward in the Swiss Alps.
Three other teams were also eliminated in the women’s tournament in pool play and had to settle for 25th-place – China’s Chen Xue and Xinxin Wang, who lost to Brazil’s Bárbara Seixas/Fernanda Berti, Russia’s Ksenia Dabizha and Daria Rudykh, who were downed by China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia, and Poland’s Kinga Wojtasik and Katarzyna Kociolek, who dropped a match against Dutch Joy Stubbe and Marleen van Iersel.
The morning session in the Swiss Alps also determined three pool winners, who are now guaranteed in the Round of 16 – Brazil’s Ágatha Bednaczuk/Duda Lisboa, who topped Pool F with a 23-21, 21-18 victory over USA’s Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman, Spain’s Liliana Fernández/Elsa Baquerizo, who won Pool C with a surprising 21-15, 21-11 win over USA’s Alix Klineman/April Ross, and the Netherlands’ Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink, who clinched Pool H when they beat Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson 21-17, 21-18.