After qualifying and the first three pool play matches in eight groups, teams from eight countries earned free passes to the second knockout round with pool titles. The victors included the top seven seeds and the No. 9 pair.
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.
Italians Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth won their first tournament together since July 2016, while Russians Maksim Hudyakov/Ruslan Bykanov earned their second title of the season at the Agadir Two Star.
Americans Emily Stockman/Kelley Larsen were among the eight teams to move on from the women’s qualifiers, while both USA pairs on the men’s side failed to reach the main draw.
Americans Kelley Larsen/Emily Stockman and Emily Day/Betsi Flint were among the eight women’s teams who made it through qualifiers to the main draw of the Itapema Four-Star on Wednesday. Three German teams highlighted the men’s qualifiers.
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Eight teams punched their tickets to the Round of 16 at the Kish Island Three Star on Wednesday, each notching a pair of victories in pool play action.