Espinho Four Star
While the men finished up qualifying action, the women got rolling in the main draw with 32 pool play matches, crowning eight champions.
German qualifiers Anna Behlen/Sarah Schneider carried on their success in the main draw, winning both of their matches in Pool H en route to the title. The duo topped Americans Brittany Hochevar/Kelly Claes (21-18, 23-21) and Portugal’s Gabriela Coelho/Vanessa Paquette (24-22, 21-17).
The rest of the eight qualifiers dropped their opening round match. Poland’s Jagoda Gruszczynska/Aleksandra Wachowicz, Spain’s Angela Lobato/Amaranta Navarro and Brazil’s Ana Patricia Ramos/Rebecca Cavalcanti Barbosa Silva rebounded with second round wins to move on to Friday.
Joining Behlen/Schneider as pool play winners were:
- Pool A: Melissa Humana-Paredes/Sarah Pavan (Canada)
- Pool B: Anastasija Kravcenoka/Tina Graudina (Latvia)
- Pool C: Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson (Canada)
- Pool D: Maria Antonelli/Carol Solberg Salgado (Brazil)
- Pool E: Taliqua Clancy/Mariafe Artacho del Solar (Australia)
- Pool F: Kerri Walsh Jennings/Nicole Branagh (USA)
- Pool G: Taiana Lima/Carol Horta (Brazil)
Ten of the 32 matches went to tiebreak with Japan’s Megumi Murakami/Miki Ishii participating in two of those. First, the Japanese pair bested Germany’s Kim Behrens/Sandra Ittlinger (21-15, 16-21, 15-12). The duo then lost to Taiana Lima/Carol Horta 22-20, 23-25, 15-8).
Four of the pool title matches went the distance with Latvia’s Kravcenoka/Graudina, Clancy/Artacho del Solar and Walsh Jennings/Branagh joining Taiana Lima/Carol Horta with tiebreak wins to seal their dominance.
Walsh Jennings/Branagh won an all-American pool title match in Pool F, besting No. 6 seed Sara Hughes/Summer Ross 21-19, 19-21, 15-11.
Also missing out on pool titles among the Top 8 seeds were No. 2 Barbara Seixas De Freitas/Fernanda Alves (Brazil) and No. 8 Coelho/Paquete (Portugal).