2018-04-20 09:00:00 CET

Swiss army getting ready for Gstaad

With two teams in the world rankings top-ten, the country will compete for home medals in July

Anouk and Joana lived exciting moments in the 2017 Gstaad MajorAnouk and Joana lived exciting moments in the 2017 Gstaad Major

The Beach Major Series was the stage for important moments for Switzerland’s women’s beach volleyball teams in 2017 and with the Gstaad Major approaching quickly between July 10 and 15, local fans cannot wait to witness their favorite teams competing for medals in their home soil once again.

Last season, home players were just one step away from the podium in the Swiss Alps as local stars Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré ended a magical week with a grueling fourth place. Starting their second season together, Joana and Anouk are aiming high in 2018 after ranking eighth in the world last year and they look ready for the next step.

Their debut in the 2018 Beach Major Series wasn’t the most promising, with a 25th-place finish in Fort Lauderdale in March, but the Swiss stars rebounded in style by winning the first event of the National Tour in Zurich a couple of weeks ago.

If the Rio 2016 Olympians are yet to medal together in the Beach Major Series, their opponents in the final in Zurich, Tanja Huberli and Nina Betschart, have already reached the podium twice in the last two seasons, with bronze medals won in the 2016 Klagenfurt Major and in the 2017 Porec Major.

In Gstaad, however, Tanja and Nina, who are together since 2016, never made past the Round of 32, but after the good results of 2017 and currently ranking ninth in the world, they seem to be in position to accomplish that.

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As beach volleyball is nothing but a big family, another member of the Vergé-Dépré’s clan will be competing in Gstaad this year as Anouk’s young sister, Zoé, 20, is starting her trajectory in the World Tour after competing in continental and international age-group tournaments in the last few years. She is paring with 18-year-old Esméé Bobner.

The last time Swiss fans saw a local team win a medal in the sands of Gstaad was back in 2012, when Simone Kuhn and Nadine Zumkerh claimed bronze. It’s about time for it to happen again, isn’t it?

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