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2017-07-28 14:03:00 CEST

Dutch wildcards gone with the wind

First game on the Red Bull Beach Arena goes the Brazilians way

In the opening match on a windy Red Bull Beach Arena wildcards Christiaan Varenhorst and Maarten van Garderen’s saw them surrender a match point as they went down to Brazilians Evandro/Andre.

The Dutch duo were handed their entry to the tournament courtesy of Varenhorst’s silver medal at the World Champs two years ago.

And having raced into a first set lead they looked set to take half a step into the knockout round when they had a point for the match in the second.

But the Brazilian duo staged a fine comeback to land the second and take the decider to leave the new team for 2017 from the Netherlands.

“It was difficult in the wind but the conditions were the same for both teams,” Varenhorst told us afterwards. “Evandro has one of the best serves in the world and sometimes there’s not a lot you can do about it.

“We had a point for the match but we can’t dwell on this disappointment. We’ll prepare for the next match and see what happens tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s Pool D where three of the four teams hail from Germany, Maggie Kozuch and Karla Borger defeat compatriots Glenkze/Grossner in straight sets to go top of the pool in these very early stages of the competition.

For the home fans supporting Austria, there was disappointment after Lena Plesiutschnig and Connie Rimser lost 15-21, 14-21 to Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross of the United States.

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