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2016-07-05 16:30:00 CET

Women’s main draw throws up derby duels

Brazil and American teams go head-to-head in Pool Play

Last year’s finalists face off again in the Pool Play. Photocredit: Sam Vidic.Last year’s finalists face off again in the Pool Play. Photocredit: Sam Vidic.

Rematch! The draw for the women’s tournament threw up a talking point: last year’s gold and silver medalists will meet in the Pool Play this week.

Reigning Gstaad Major champions Larissa/Talita begin the defense of their crown against Juliana/Taiana Lima. 12 months ago Larissa/Talita beat Taiana Lima when she partnered Fernanda Alves.

Fernanda, though, won’t be in the Pool Play as she and Josi suffered a shock defeat to Dutch teenagers Nika Daalerdop and Joy Stubbe in qualification.

The frenetic Pool Play gets under way on Wednesday with 32 elite beach volleyball stars doing their thing in front of the stunning backdrop of the Swiss Alps.

And there are plenty of lip-smacking matches to get our teeth stuck into across the next two days.

In Pool B two all-star American teams who have booked their ticket to the Olympics have also been paired together. April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings face Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat. That is a dream draw for Swiss qualifiers Eiholzer/Gerson, who will definitely be looking forward to testing themselves against the world’s best.

Meanwhile, Germans Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, who got through qualification despite winning the Poreč Major on Saturday, go head-to-head with in-form Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst – a team that have won three of their last four tournaments.

There are high hopes for a Swiss medal on home sand this week – and two of their Olympic teams will be aiming to wow the Gstaad crowd this week.

Isabelle Forrer and Anouk Vergé-Dépré face stiff competition in their pool, alongside Poreč silver medalists Sarah Pavan and Heather Bansley, while Nadine Zumkehr and Joana Heidrich take on Poreč bronze medalists Karla Borger and Britta Büthe.

For a complete run-down of who is facing who in the Pool Play, check out our website. And for live, up-to-the-minute news from around the courts, follow us on social media!

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