Austrians live to fight another day

01.08.2019 - Vienna

Kathi and Lena now to face Friday showdown against World Champions

The dream of an Austrian medalist in the women’s A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch tournament continues after Lena Plesiutschnig and Kathi Schützenhöfer fought back to earn a place in the last 16.

The home team came into their Round of 24 encounter against Andrea Strbova and Natalia Dubovcova of Slovakia with the eyes of a packed Red Bull Beach Arena on them.

And in the first set things did not look good for Kathi and Lena as the Slovaks bossed it, winning 21-16 to silence the huge crowd inside the main arena.

However, never bet against a home side in Vienna and with their backs against the wall, the Austrians rallied, sending the game to a decider, winning the second 21-16.

And with momentum with them, Plesiutschnig and Schützenhöfer surged clear in the tiebreaker to win 15-10 and book themselves a spot in Friday’s Last 16.

Facing the pair now are recently-crowned World Champions Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan of Canada in what promises to be a massive match on the Red Bull Beach Arena.

Congratulations, girls and see you on Friday!