Brazil well represented in The Hague quarterfinals
While all Dutch teams in the men’s competition were eliminated, there is still a chance of a local champion in the women’s competition with two Dutch teams in the quarterfinals.
Two teams that started in qualification, Brazil’s Maria Clara and Carolina Salgado and Austria’s Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl, made it to the last eight.
There were two mayor upsets on the third day of main draw in The Hague; second seeded Jennifer Kessy and April Ross lost to Brazil’s Agatha and Antonelli in the second knockout round and third seeded Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal were shocked by Swiss team Gabathuler and Weingart in the first round.
Dutch veterans Richard Schuil and Reinder Nummerdor were sent home as well, but that was no surprise since this was their first event after the Olympic Games last year.
Alison and Emanuel back on track
After losing twice in pool play on Thursday world champions Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego seem to be back on track again. The Brazilians showed perseverance beating Italy’s Daniele Lupo and Paolo Nicolai in three sets (22-20 20-22 15-11) in the first elimination round of the Transavia The Hague Grand Slam on Friday. More
Swiss team shocks Dalhausser and Rosenthal
Philip Gabathuler and Jonas Weingart eliminated third seeded Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal Friday in the first knockout round of the Transavia The Hague Grand Slam. The new Swiss combination was wiped away in the first set 21-8, but made a spectacular comeback: 22-20 17-15.
Quarterfinal plus a nice bonus for Dutch Van der Vlist and Wesselink
Dutch Jantine van der Vlist was in tears after reaching the quarterfinals Friday at the Transavia The Hague Grand Slam. Not only because she and Marloes Wesselink beat Germany’s top team Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, but because they just earned a year’s salary. More
Dreams put on hold for Meppelink and Van Gestel
After the gold in Corrientes Madelein Meppelink and Sophie van Gestel were considered favourites for the Transavia The Hague Grand Slam title. Friday their dreams were put on hold after the Dutch team lost to Spain’s Elsa Baquerizo and Liliana Fernandez in three sets (17-21 21-17 16-14) in the second elimination round. More
The Transavia Grand Slam continues at 11 am on Saturday. The semifinals for both men and women are scheduled for the afternoon and evening. The finals and bronze medal matches are on Sunday.
The Hague stages a Grand Slam for the first time after Open events in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Brazil’s Talita Antunes and Maria Antonelli were the most succesful team so far, winning gold, silver and bronze in the past three editions. Both are still in the tournament, but with different partners this time.
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