11.07.2019 - Gstaad, Switzerland
Life as world champions hasn’t been easy for Oleg Stoyanovskiy and Viacheslav Krasilnikov so far as the Russians were prematurely knocked out of the Swatch Major Gstaad, their first tournament after winning the World Champs, in the Round of 24.
Their early elimination in the Swiss Alps came by the hands of Brazilians Guto Carvalhaes and Saymon Barbosa, who started their campaigns in the tournament on Monday, when they won a country-quota match.
The Brazilians, who almost didn’t play together in the 2019 Gstaad Major as Guto had reestablished a partnership with Ricardo Santos but had to return to Saymon after the veteran sustained a calf injury, came out on top the 23-21, 21-19 battle and sent the Russians home with a bad taste on their mouths as they won just one of their three matches in the Swiss Alps.
"It's incredible," Guto said. "Just a few days ago we were watching them winning the World Championships on TV and now we not only got to play them, but to beat them. They're in incredible form and we hadn't played in almost a month, so no one expected us to win it. Our strategy was very good and I think that what made the difference was that we played relaxed and smiling on the court."
Guto and Saymon are now headed to the Round of 16, where they’ll cross paths with the home team of Adrian Heidrich and Mirco Gerson for the second time this season. The Swiss won the first one, in Itapema, in May, and the Brazilians will have a chance to get payback by eliminating them from their home tournament.
"It felt great to win this match," Saymon added. "Playing here in Gstaad is always great, the energy is amazing. It's been five matches now and each of them has been very exciting, especially this one against the world champions. We're very happy and we managed to get back to our style, which is the most important thing for us."
Piotr Kantor and Bartosz Losiak also emerged victorious from the Round of 24 as they downed Russians Konstantin Semenov and Ilya Leshukov 21-14, 21-19. They are now set for an all-Polish match-up with Grzegorz Fijalek and Michal Bryl in the Round of 16. Kantor and Losiak have won two of the three meetings between the teams so far.
Dutch Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwseen are also through after they eliminated Brazilians André Loyola and George Wanderley with a 25-23, 21-19 victory. The Europeans will now play USA’s Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena, who they beat last week at the World Championships.
Latvia’s Martins Plavins and Edgars Tocs secured the last Round of 16 berths as they topped Spain’s Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira 18-21, 25-23, 15-8. To continue their march to the quarter-finals they’ll need to beat Qatar’s Cherif Samba and Ahmed Tijan.