Switzerland’s women and France’s men celebrate wins in Montpellier
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Montpellier - Women
Another Swiss team, Nicole Eiholzer/Elena Steinemann secured the top position in Pool C after a relatively hard-fought victory over Satono Ishitsubo/Asami Shiba of Japan 2-0 (21-14, 21-17). Laura Longuet/Ophelie Lusson of France remain in the competition following their victory over Sweden’s Felicia Granberg/Johanna Wikberg. “After a difficult start, we feel that our game is getting better now and it’s a great thing for the next matches,” Longuet and Lusson commented.
In Pool D, after suffering a loss on Wednesday, experienced pair Anniemieke Driessen/Ilke Meertens (NED) claimed a victory over Canada’s Rian Lenarduzzi/Anna Dunn-Suen. The Canadians, lucky losers from the qualification, leave the competition. “We were very disappointed with yesterday’s loss, and we couldn’t go home today,” Meertens said. Esmée Bobner/Zoe Verge-Depre made it three pool wins for Switzerland as they won the clash for the top spot with France’s Clemence Vieira and Mia Guyot Polverini.
Montpellier - Men
In Pool C, Mees Blom/Yorick de Groot of the Netherlands beat Mark Garcia-Kidd/Freddie Bialokoz of England to finish third and remain in the competition. After a very close battle, Sweden’s Jakob Molin/Linus Tholse moved straight to the quarterfinals by edging home stars Romain Di Giantommaso and Jérémy Silvestre 2-1 (15-21, 24-22, 18-16).
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