2016-09-17 20:57:00 CEST
Home heroes haul themselves into the quarterfinals
Center Court was jumping for joy as Saxton/Schalk booked a quarterfinal meeting against Kantor/Losiak after a superb straight sets win over Olympic bronze medalists Brouwer/Meeuwsen.
The Canadians got the crowd rocking at Polson Pier with a wonderful display of beach volleyball that saw them come from four points behind in a dramatic second against the wildcards from the Netherlands.
It meant Saxton/Schalk gained revenge after losing to the Dutch duo in the pool play at the Olympic Games last month.
Now the Canadians are flying the flag for the host country following Binstock/Schachter’s early exit but the boys are hoping to use the impetus from this fantastic victory when they take on the Poles on Center Court at 5.45pm.
“We’re the last ones I guess and we’re happy – we want to build up the momentum and take out the Polish next!” Chaim told us afterwards. “We haven’t played them for a while but they’re a really good team so it will be a battle.”
Ben added: “We wanted all the Canadian teams through to the finals of both tournaments but it’s not to be.
“It’s great to reach the quarterfinals and as long as we’re still alive we’re happy.
“We know we will lose points in every game but it’s important not to worry about the bad plays.
“It’s a good win – I just wished we would have beaten them at the Olympics!
“But it’s a great victory and hopefully we move onto the next match and the next one and the next one.”
Meanwhile at a packed Court 2, the great entertainers from Italy, Ranghieri/Carambula, were beaten in dramatic style in a 62-minute epic against Brazilians and Gstaad Major champs Pedro Solberg/Evandro.
The Brazilians took the first set 21-18 but back came the Italians in the second 24-22. But it was the South Americans that triumphed 16-14 in the decider to set up a quarterfinal clash against A1 Major Klagenfurt champions Samoilovs/Smedins.
It’s a tasty quarterfinal line-up and remember we’ll have all of the action covered on our website and social media!
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