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2016-07-06 19:56:00 CET

Hellish draw not so bad for young Dutch duo

Teenagers serving it up to the favorites in Gstaad

CAPTION: Joy in action against Larissa/Talita at the Gstaad Major. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu. CAPTION: Joy in action against Larissa/Talita at the Gstaad Major. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

“We saw the draw and thought ‘we’re going into hell’,” joked Joy Stubbe after she and partner Nika Daalderop learned of their opponents in the Gstaad Major Pool Play on Tuesday.

After all they had been placed in a pool with two Brazilian teams – one of which were Larissa/Talita – who also won here last year – and Canadians Broder/Valjas.

Fast forward 24 hours and the young Dutch duo aren’t so worried now!

Daalderop, 17, and Stubbe, 18, created the biggest shock of the tournament so far when coming from one set down to defeat Olympic-bound Broder/Valjas early on Wednesday morning.

“We’re already so happy – the fact we’re even in the tournament means a lot,” Joy told us after their defeat against Brazilian stars Larissa/Talita. “To win this morning was good but the biggest thing for us this week will be to learn – and learn lots. It’s been one of the best experiences so far.”

The youngsters have won the last two European youth championships and came fifth in the World Under-21 Championships in Lucerne in May.

Having made it through qualification – by beating Brazilians Fernanda/Josi, who finished fifth in Poreč, by the way – the girls are definitely using their experience playing against the best to their advantage.

“It’s just the beginning for us – there’s plenty more work and training to do,” continued Joy. “We just hope we can keep doing well in these tournaments.

“Our goal was of course to get into the main draw. After we saw the draw we were like ‘errrrm, maybe next time!’ But so far it’s a case of so far, so good.

“We came here to learn to make ourselves better players – and even after the first win nothing changes.

“Thursday’s match will be the same, there’s no pressure on us. We’ll go out there and just see what the score will be.”

Joy (left) and Nika in action at the Gstaad Major. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.Joy (left) and Nika in action at the Gstaad Major. Photocredit: Mihai Stetcu.

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