2018-10-28 19:20:00 CET
The recently-formed team won the National Tour stop in Vila Velha
Two months after they announced the return of their partnership, Guto Carvalhaes and Saymon Barbosa celebrated the first title since their reunion as they topped the podium at the second stop of the 2018-2019 Brazilian Tour in Vila Velha. Bárbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti were the winners among the women.
Guto and Saymon, who had played in a pair of World Tour events earlier this month and claimed a bronze medal in Yangzhou, dominated the team of Olympic champion Bruno Schmidt, who lives in Vila Velha, and Pedro Solberg to post a 21-17, 21-18 victory in the final.
“We have great chemistry inside and outside the court and our styles combine really well,” Guto said after the match. “I’m super excited to be back in a team with Saymon and this victory means a lot for us.”
Their former partners, Olympic champion Ricardo Santos and Álvaro Filho, who also rejoined forces recently, secured the bronze medal after a 22-24, 21-12, 15-13 triumph over George Wanderley and Averaldo Pereira. Evandro Gonçalves and Vitor Felipe were fifth, while Alison Cerutti and Andre Loyola finished ninth.
Fernanda and Barbara celebrate first victory in Brazil
In the women’s tournament, 2018 Fort Lauderdale Major gold medalists Fernanda Berti and Bárbara Seixas won their first title together in the National Tour as they took down defending champions Carolina Salgado and Maria Elisa Antonelli in straight sets (21-19, 22-20).
“We’ve been playing together for two years and this first title at the Brazilian Tour was so close at times,” Fernanda commented. “We gave everything we had in the final and I’m glad it worked out. It’s the end of the season, we feel exhausted and that makes this victory even better.”
London 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Juliana Felisberta and her partner Andressa Cavalcanti filled the last spot of the podium following a 21-16, 21-17 triumph over Lili Maestrini and Josi Alves in the bronze medal match. World Tour Finals winners Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa were fifth.
The next stop of the Brazilian Tour will happen in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, from November 21-25.