2018-05-04 01:59:00 CET

Sarah and Mel seeking a hat-trick

World number ones going for three golds in a row

Sarah Pavan (left) and Melissa Humana-Paredes are looking for a third gold medal in the space of a monthSarah Pavan (left) and Melissa Humana-Paredes are looking for a third gold medal in the space of a month

Commonwealth Games champions Melissa Humana-Parades and Sarah Pavan’s search for a third successive gold medal began with a victory on day one of the main draw at Huntington Beach.

The world number ones, who won in Xiamen two weeks ago, cruised past Americans Lane/Ledoux 21-17, 21-12 to book a third round meeting with Russians Kholomina/Makroguzkova.

While all eyes were on the Americans teams battling out on home soil, it was German teams who impressed the most as three teams all secured spots in Friday’s third round.

Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, Karla Borger and Maggie Kozuch and Victoria Bieneck and Isabelle Schneider all made it through, with Borger/Kozuch beating two US teams, including Xiamen silver medalists Kelly Claes and Brittany Hochevar.

But there was still plenty for the home fans to cheer, as April Ross and Alix Klineman, Brooke Sweat and Lauren Fendrick and Sara Hughes and Summer Ross all earned their places for Team America in round three.

Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale Major gold and silver medalists from Brazil, Barbara/Fernanda and Taiana Lima/Carol Horta also made it into round three, but countrywomen Agatha/Duda remain in the competition despite losing earlier in the day Americans Larsen/Stockman.

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