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2016-07-06 20:54:00 CET

Swiss end the day smiling

Happiness for the hosts…at last!

Good job! The Swiss ended the day on a high on Center Court. Photocredit: Daniel GollnerGood job! The Swiss ended the day on a high on Center Court. Photocredit: Daniel Gollner

We’re not sure what inspired the Swiss women this afternoon – our earlier article perhaps? – but whatever it was, there was at last good news for the home nation at the Gstaad Major!

The home crowd was treated to three successive victories on Center Court at the Gstaadium to raise the spirits of Switzerland at the end of day two.

Having impressed at the Poreč Major, Betschart/Hüberli got back to winning ways with an equally impressive victory over Brazilians Elize Maia/Duda. The young Swiss team won in straight sets, including a dramatic 31-29 triumph in the second set.

An hour later the drama kept on coming. Olympic-bound Zumkehr/Heidrich lost the first set to Greeks Arvaniti/Karagkouni but battled back to secure back-to-back sets inside 52 entertaining minutes.

If Swiss fans were already on the edge of their seats, then they would have probably needed helping up off the floor following the third match. Forrer/Vergé-Dépré contrived to lose the third set to Canadians Gordon/Wilkerson – scoring just a measly 11 points.

Desperate not to end a great first day of Pool Play with disappointment, the home side rallied back in superb style, fighting back to win the last two sets to leave the Swiss smiling come the end of the day.

Elsewhere on day one of the women’s main draw there were two victories out of two for eight teams, including for Germans Ludwig/Walkenhorst and Holtwick/Semmler.

It was also a good day for the Dutch, too, as Meppelink/Van Iersel won both of their matches, while Finnish pair Lahti/Lehtonen continued their fine form. The Scandinavians finished ninth in Poreč and now have one foot in the elimination round after two victories.

Who will make it through tomorrow? There’s only one way to find out: join us! You can follow every dig, dive, serve and spike on our live stream!

See you tomorrow, Gstaad! 

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