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2018-07-31 12:31:00 CEST

Austrians fall short in qualifying

The country’s three women’s teams were knocked out in the first round

Eva Freiberger spikes during the match against the Dutch (Photocredit: FIVB)Eva Freiberger spikes during the match against the Dutch (Photocredit: FIVB)

Austrian fans will have to settle with two women’s teams competing in the main draw of the A1 Vienna Major presented by Swatch as the three tandems that represented the country in the qualifiers were taken down in the first round and won’t move forward in the Danube Island.

The host country will have the duos of Katharina Schützenhöfer/Lena Plesiutschnig and Franziska Friedl/Nadine Strauss competing against the international elite on Wednesday, when main draw starts.

Eva Freiberger and Valerie Teufl were the first to play in Vienna but they couldn’t handle Dutch Jolien Sinnema and Laura Bloem, who advanced with a  21-17, 21-17 victory. Anja Dörfler and Stephanie Wiesmeyr were next, but they were stopped by Spanish Amaranta Fernández and Angela Lobato also in two sets (21-13, 21-18).

The Klinger sisters Dorina and Ronja got close to a victory, but were downed by Ukraine’s Valentyna Davidova and Ievgeniia Shchypkova after a hard-fought three-set (21-13, 17-21, 15-12).

The first round of the qualifier has been concluded already and 16 teams are still in contention for the eight main draw berths at the Danube Island. Click here to check the results.

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