FORT LAUDERDALE MAJOR
- Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Feb. 26-March 4
After beginning the tournament in the qualifying rounds, new duo Taiana Lima/Carol Horta of Brazil have claimed a spot in the Fort Lauderdale Major semifinals.
Horta finished atop the podium at the Monaco One Star in June 2017 with Juliana after previously pairing with Maria Antonelli for a fourth-place finish at the Xiamen Three Star in April.
Lima’s previous best FIVB World Tour finish was a fifth-place effort at the Gstaad Five-Star in July 2017 with Elize Maia.
No. 9 Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves will join their countrywomen in the semis after knocking out No. 4 seed Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic).
Germans Victoria Bieneck/Isabel Schneider kept the Brazilians from having a chance at a podium sweep, taking out No. 10 seed Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa.
No. 13 seed Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross were the lone remaining American team in the quarterfinals after taking out countrywomen Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes in round 2 and kept their winning streak going with a straight set victory over No. 2 seed Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan from Canada.
No. 1 overall seed Lauren Fendrick and Nicole Branaugh ran into a buzzsaw in Agatha/Duda.
Somehow the Brazilians were able to avoid any head to head meetings throughout the main draw.
Germans Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (No. 21) rounded out the top eight. Only four of the Top 10 seeds made it through to the quarterfinals.
Lima/Horta will face Schneider/Bieneck in the first semifinal on Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. ET, while Barbara/Fernanda and Summer/Sweat face off at 11:15.
Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) def. Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) 21-19, 23-25, 15-13
Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) vs. Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) 21-14, 21-15
Isabel Schneider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) def. Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) 21-16, 22-20
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) 22-20, 25-23
Women’s Main Draw Round 2
Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada) def. Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia (China) 21-18, 21-14
Brooke Sweat/Summer Ross (USA) def. Kelly Claes/Sara Hughes (USA) 21-15, 21-13
Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil) def. Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Australia) 21-17 , 21-19
Karla Borger/Margareta Kozuch (Germany) def. Taylor Pischke/Jamie Lynn Broder (Canada) 21-10, 21-16
Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) def. Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada) 16-21, 21-19, 15-13
Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova (Czech Republic) def. Nadezda Makroguzova/Svetlana Kholomina (Russia) 21-18, 18-21, 15-6
Isabel Schneider/Victoria Bieneck (Germany) def. Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (Germany) 21-15, 16-21, 15-11
Agatha Bednarczuk /Eduarda “Duda” Santos Lisboa (Brazil) def. Lauren Fendrick/Nicole Branaugh (USA) 21-16, 21-17