Down to the wire in Xiamen as Herrera/Gavira face Stoyanovskiy/Krasilnikov for gold
Pablo Herrera & Adrian Gavira enter their second Xiamen Open gold medal match
Spain’s Herrera/Gavira’s are going for a second Xiamen Open gold after the pair won in 2016 and the team has taken a number of impressive wins along the way.
Their first step of the day was beating top USA team, Taylor Crabb/Jacob Gibb, 2-1 (21-19, 14-21, 15-10), before defeating world number one, Norway’s Anders Mol and Christian Sorum in a nail-biting quarterfinal, 2-1 (18-21, 21-18, 17-15).
Pablo Herrera & Adrian Gavira in Xiamen's semifinal match-up with Qatar’s Cherif Younousse and Ahmed Tijan
The teams got to work in front of the crowd at Guanyinshan Beach and it was Herrera/Gavira who managed to edge control in the first. A number of service errors and tricky aces under the blustery conditions on centre didn’t help the Qatari pair and a big Gavira hit gave Spain the spot in Xiamen’s final, 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).
Oleg Stoyanovskiy (right) & Viacheslav Krasilnikov enter the Xiamen Open final
Of the eight teams still standing by the quarterfinals, the Italians were the rank outsiders, seeded 27th among the main draw teams in Xiamen. The team play in only their third tournament as a team, winning silver in the Sydney 3-Star last month.
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