Ana Patricia/Rebecca and Klineman/Ross advance to Yangzhou final
Brazil's Ana Patricia Silva and Rebecca Cavalcanti advanced to their second consecutive World Tour final on Chinese soil
Ana Patricia and Rebecca made it to their second consecutive World Tour final in China, after capturing the Qinzhou 3-star gold on October 4.
“China indeed brings me good luck,” Ana Patricia said. “I will work very hard tomorrow to get my fourth title here.”
They started the day with a win in the Round of 16 against Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Katarzyna Kolociek 2-0 (21-15, 21-17), then faced their Brazilian compatriots Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves in the quarterfinals, where they knocked the top seeds out of the competition with a 2-1 (21-15, 21-19).
In the semifinals, the Brazilians defeated the United States’ Sara Hughes and Summer Ross 2-0 (21-16, 21-18). Ana Patricia attacked hard at every opportunity she got, while Rebecca took care of the defence. Even when they were down in the second set, they managed to stage a comeback midway through the set, until they seized the match victory.
“We have to be very focused tomorrow,” Ana Patricia said. “We have to complete our sideouts and if we can do this then I think we have a good chance.”
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In the second semifinal match, Klineman and Ross prevailed in the thrilling 2-1 (21-19, 27-25, 15-11) clash with Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.
Earlier, they recorded victories against their compatriots Kelly Claes and Kerri Walsh Jennings 2-1 (19-21, 21-16, 15-11) and Latvia’s Anastasija Kravcenoka and Tina Graudina 2-0 (22-20, 21-11) to reach the semifinals.
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