Seventh-seeded Barbora Hermannova/Marketa Slukova of the Czech Republic overcame a 21-10 Set 1 loss in the title match and a nagging shoulder injury to Slukova to win their first ever Major Series gold.
The men’s semifinals are set for the Vienna Beach Major with No. 3 Anders Mol/Christian Sorum of Norway and No. 5 Dutch pair Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen leading the field. No. 14 Grzegorz Fijalek/Michal Bryl (Poland) and No. 24 Cherif Younousse/Ahmed Tijan (Qatar) round out the group.
As the women’s race for the Vienna Major title dropped from 16 members down to four, all five American pairs were eliminated from the competition. Two Brazilian teams, one Dutch and one from the Czech Republic remain.
Teams from nine countries remain among the final 16 men’s pairs at the Vienna Major, including three from Brazil and two each from Austria, Russia, Latvia and the United States.
No. 13 seeded Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb were among four men’s pool winners crowned at the Vienna Major on Thursday before storms halted play.
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After pool play, No. 2 seed Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson of Canada and No. 8 Katharina Schutzenhofer/Lena Plesiutschnig of Austria are out of the competition after going 0-2 in their respective pools. Americans Kelly Claes/Brittany Hochevar and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil won their respective pool titles.
Americans Taylor Crabb/Jake Gibb, Brazilians Ricardo Santos/Gustavo ‘Guto’ Carvalhaes and homestanding Robin Seidl/Philipp Waller highlight the group of eight teams that are moving on from the qualifiers to the Vienna Major main draw.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Lauren Fendrick/Sarah Sponcil are on the Vienna main draw after qualification wins on Tuesday. The pair round out the 32-team field alongside six other qualifiers.
The men played just one round of qualifying matches at the Vienna Major on Tuesday with the action set to wrap up on Wednesday. Round 2 will feature an all-American pairing and an all-Swiss matchup among eight contests.
The third event of the 2018 Beach Major Series is set for August 1-5 in Vienna, Austria. It is the last five star level event before the World Tour Finals in Hamburg, August 15-19.
A big reason for the success of Dutch duo Christian Varenhorst/Jasper Bouter is the blocking of the 6-foot-11 Varenhorst. At the CEV Championships, the 28-year old discussed the skill.
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Defending Gstaad Major champions No. 7 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude had a match-point try on Sunday, but could not convert it, instead allowing three straight points to top seeded Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan and settling for silver.
Norway’s Anders Mol/Christian Sorum took on Spain’s Pablo Herrera/Adrian Gavira for the Gstaad Major gold on Saturday, but their 21-18, 21-12 victory meant much more than just a piece of hardware.
The top three women’s seeds, including two Canadian duos, and defending Gstaad Major champions No. 7 Chantal Laboureur/Julia Sude will battle for a shot at the title on Sunday.
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