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Swiss teams win first victories at COOP Beach Tour

Nicole Eiholzer and Nina Betschart competed together in 2011

Locarno, Switzerland, May 27, 2013 – Switzerland’s 2012 Junior (U21) World Champion Nina Betschart along with her team mate Nicole Eiholzer, clinched their first victory on home soil at the Locarno stop of the 2013 COOP Beach Tour. Compatriots Bernhard Beyeler/Rafael Snappy also brought home a title in the men’s competition.  

In the first semifinal of the men, the newly formed duo Berta/Ferramenta beat the Sutter brothers, entering their first joint appearance at the Coop Beach Tour, while Beyeler/Snappy also left won against German's

Schmeckenbecher/Wacker in the second semi-final, 2-1.  Switerland's Sutter/Sutter beat Schmeckenbecher/Wacker for third place. In the final two games, Beyeler/Snappy fought hard with exciting rallies against Fabio Berta and Rhonney Ferramenta in three sets to win the tournament. 

For the women's tournament, Betschart/Eiiholzer defeated the local favourite Ticino Goricanec Tanya and her partner Hüberli nearly 2-1 in the semifinals, while Grässli/Kayser won against the Spaniards Campisi/Lozano 2-0.

Local hero Goricanec Tanya and her partner Tanya Hüberli then clinched third against the Spaniards Campisi/Lozano clearly in two sets. In the finals, women's Nina Betschart and Nicole Eiholzer translated into two sets by the extension with 22 to 20 points against Muriel Grässli and Romana Kayser and stood firm as tournament winners. 

It was the first victory for both Beyeler/Snappy and Betschart/Eiholzer on the COOP Beach Tour.

The Center Court at Largo Zorzi, where the semi-finals and finals took place, was well attended despite the changeable weather.


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