FORT LAUDERDALE MAJOR
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Feb. 26-March 4
After three pool play matches in each of the eight pools, eight teams have claimed a spot in the second round of the main draw.
Three of the top five seeds picked up a pair of wins and pool crowns to move on.
Americans Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh, the No. 1 overall seed won both of their matches in straight sets, as did No. 2 Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan of Canada and No. 4 Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova from the Czech Republic.
Brazilian No. 9 seed Barbara Seixas/Fernanda Alves No. 14 Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar from Australia and No. 21 Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch of Germany also won a pair of straight-set affairs.
Americans Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes, the No. 11 seed, bounced back after dropping its opening set against Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) to win four straight, including a two-set win over No. 6 seed Tanja Huberli/Nina Betschart of Switzerland.
No. 23 Sandra Ittlinger/Kim Behrens of Germany upset ninth-seeded Brazilians Barbara/Fernanda in three sets, after falling 21-15 in the opening set, then recovered to cap that win and one over No. 26 Joy Stubbe/Marleen Van Iersel from the Netherlands.
Meanwhile, Alix Klineman and April Ross lost their first match as a duo falling to Germany’s Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch.
Women’s Pool Play
Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh (USA) def. Ingrid Lunde/Oda Johanne Ulveseth (Norway) 22-20, 21-16
Taru Lahti-Liukkonen/Anniina Parkkinen (Finland) def. Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia (China) 22-20, 21-16
Fendrick/Branagh (USA) def. Lahti/Parkkinen (Finland) 26-24, 21-13
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Taylor Pischke/Jamie Lynn Broder (Canada) 21-13, 21-14
Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) def. Kinga Kolosinska/Katarzyna Kociolek (Poland) 21-13, 21-12
Humana-Paredes/Pavan (Canada) def. Bansley/Wilkerson (Canada) 21-12, 21-17
Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude (Germany) def. Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day (USA) 21-17, 21-17
Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Australia) def. Riikka Lehtonen/Niina Ahtiainen (Finland) 21-16, 21-16
Clancy/Artacho del Solar def. Laboureur/Sude 21-17, 21-10
Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Sanne Keizer/Madelein Meppelink (Netherlands) 21-15, 23-21
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) 28-26, 21-19
Hermannova/Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Sweat/Summer (USA) 21-19, 21-17
Valentyna Davidova/Ievgennia Shchypkova (Ukraine) def. Maria Antonelli/Carolina Solberg Salgado (Brazil) 18-21, 21-11, 15-10
Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. April Ross/Alix Klineman (USA) 21-18, 21-17
Borger/Kozuch (Germany) def. Davidova/Shchypkova (Ukraine) 21-15, 21-14
Nina Betschart/Tanja Huberli (Switzerland) def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) 21-19, 21-18
Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) def. Liliana Fernandez Steiner/Elsa Baquerizo McMillan (Spain) 19-21, 26-24, 15-13
Claes/Hughes (USA) def. Betschart/Huberli (Switzerland) 21-16, 21-11
Joy Stubbe/Marleen Van Iersel (Netherlands) def. Joana Heidrich/Anouk Verge-Depre (Switzerland) def. 15-21, 21-15, 16-14
Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) def. Agatha Bednarczuk /Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 15-21, 22-20, 15-13
Behrens/Ittlinger (Germany) def. Stubbe/Van Iersel (Netherlands) 21-16, 21-12
Kristyna Kolocova/Michala Kvapilova (Czech Republic) def. Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig (Austria) 20-22, 21-16, 15-12
Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Isabel Scheider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) 21-17, 21-19
Barbara/Fernanda (Brazil) def. Kolocova/Kvapilova (Czech Republic 22-20, 21-9