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.
American Stafford Slick/Casey Patterson were among eight pool title winners crowned at the Tokyo Three Star on Thursday, while three of the four women’s teams representing the USA won their opening pool matches.
Friday brought pool play to an end at the Haiyang Three Star and also included the first elimination round, setting the table for Saturday’s Round of 16.
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.
Austrians won two of the three podium spots on the men’s side and the silver medal on the women’s side in front of the home crowd at the Baden open.
The No. 2, 3, 4 and 5 qualifiers on the men’s side, including defending Fort Lauderdale gold medalists Alvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa, the No. 3 seed from Brazil, are out. On the women’s side, Americans Brittany Hochevar/Emily Day were one of eight teams to move on to the main draw.
Pool play wrapped up and the final eight spots in the Round of 16 were decided on Thursday at the Kish Island Three Star. Two more qualifiers – Olivier Barthelemy/Romain Di Giantommaso of France and Alexander Walkenhorst/Sven Winter of Germany -made it through, upping the group to five.
With the Vienna Championships coming up in just over a week, a number of the local teams show the best transportation methods to the Danube Island.