2018-05-06 02:43:00 CEST
But there’s no US teams in the last four on the final day
Medal matches will be decided on Huntington Beach on Sunday as the remaining four teams per gender go head-to-head in search of gold.
But sadly for the Americans, there will be no home teams in either final four as the remain US sides crashed out on the penultimate day of the tournament.
The final team to bite the dust were John Hyden and Theo Brunner, who lost in straight sets to Dutch Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen. The Dutch duo will face Latvians Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins, who won bronze in Fort Lauderdale. Aleksandrs and Janis have enjoyed a great tournament in California so far, beating Olympic champs Alison/Bruno and FTL winners Lucena/Dalhausser on their way to the last four.
World Champions Evandro Gonçalves and Andre Loyola made it through to yet another semifinal after their straight sets win over Americans Hyden and Brunner earlier in the day. The Brazilian heroes from Vienna will take on Spaniards Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira, who reached their first semifinal in almost a year with an epic 2-1 win over Guto/Vitor Felipe. It's a high quality field in the men's competition with all four player in the top 10 in the world ranking.
Meanwhile in the women’s competition, Fort Lauderdale Major champions Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti Alves remain in the hunt for another goal. However, the Brazilians face stiff competition in their semifinal against Commonwealth Games and Xiamen gold medalists from Canada, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes. The North Americans booked their spot in Sunday’s semis after beating fellow Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson in straight sets.
Last season’s Gstaad Major winners Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude are also on course to medal after two wins on Saturday, including an impressive straight sets victory over home favorites Summer Ross and Sarah Hughes. The Germans take on Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Carol Solberg, who booked their spot with a stunning win over Pavan and Humana-Paredes.
Action on the final day of the competition gets under way 8.30am PST – and we’ll have news of all of the winners on beachmajorseries.com.
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