2016-04-13 10:50:00 CET
Two ninth-place finishes for Austria’s Men
Unbelievable! For the second weekend in a row, an Austrian team reaches the semifinals! Babsi Hansel and Steffi Schwaiger beat Borger/Büthe (GER) 32-30, 17-21, 15-11 and are now in the semifinal.
Next opponents: Walsh/Ross (USA)
Kick-off tonight at 03:35 CET
Herrera/Gavira (ESP), European champion of 2013 in Klagenfurt, win men’s final
Sensational performance by Babsi Hansel and Steffi Schwaiger! Both qualifiers beat Finland in the third set leading 18-16 and, therefore, enter the quarterfinals.
At 16:00 local time they play against Borger/Büthe (GER) to qualify for the semifinals.
In the men’s league, Hyden/Bourne (USA) and Herrera/Gavira (ESP) compete for gold, Virgen/Ontiveros (MEX) and Semenov/Krasilnikov (RUS) play for bronze.
The local time in Xiamen is six hours ahead.
Babsi Hansel and Steffi Schwaiger have also made it to the top 10. Tomorrow, they are playing against the Finns Lehtonen/Lahti. This is the first ever match between the two teams.
After all, Ranghieri/Carambula (ITA) were too strong for Kunert/Dressler in the round of 16. However, before that they beat Beeler/Strasser (SUI) in three sets in the first round of the elimination phase.
Huber/Seidl also came off a three-set win against Pedlo/O’Gorman (CAN). Subsequently, however, the young Poles Bryl/Kujawiak won the revenge game following their loss in Doha and eliminated the two Austrians.
Schwaiger/Hansel meet the newly composed Swiss team Betschart/Hüberli. With two pool wins, there would have even been a chance for a direct promotion into the round of 16. However, the point ratio of Menegatti/Orsi Toth was considerably higher.
Heavy rain is coming down over Xiamen but the Austrians are making the best of the weather conditions. Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl beat the team ranking 32nd in the crucial last group match and, therefore, qualify for the first round of the elimination phase.
Thomas Kunert/Christoph Dressler lose to Australia in three sets. Nevertheless, they are only missing a few points to finish first in the group as there are currently three teams with two wins in the pool. Out of these, Mexico is in the lead with a single-point advantage.
After a successful qualification, Steffi Schwaiger and Babsi Hansel got off to a sensational start in the Main Draw beating Menegatti/Orsi Toth (ITA). However, unfortunately, the second match was lost against Russia.
Thomas Kunert and Christoph Dressler are still unbeaten after three matches at the Xiamen Open in China.
After yesterday’s win in the qualifications they also achieved two victories against China and Mexico in the Main Draw matches which were partly accompanied by heavy rain.
The Austrians beat Ch. Chen/Zhang Lizeng 33-31 and 21-18 and Virgen/Ontiveros 18-21, 24-22 and 12-15.
Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl could not keep up the energy from Doha and, after two matches, have not even won a set. However, a qualification is likely as they are playing against the team ranking 32nd in the Chinese tournament tomorrow. The Chinese have lost two sets scoring less than 10 points today.
Steffi Schwaiger and Babsi Hansel won their qualification match against Serbia 2-1 and, therefore, are in the Main Draw just like in Vitoria.
Unfortunately, Kathi Schützenhofer and Lena Plesiutschnig are not granted to enter the Main Draw this time. They lost against Barsuk/Moiseeva (RUS) in three sets (8-15 in the third set) and were, therefore, eliminated.