2017-07-31 19:13:00 CET
Krystina Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova are on fire!
On the hottest day of the competition, Krystina Kolocova and Michala Kvapilova made it three wins out of three by overcoming Steffi Schwaiger and Kathi Schützenhöfer in the longest match of the tournament so far.
As temperatures courtside on the Red Bull Beach Arena rose to a sweltering 50 degrees Celsius, the Czechs secured top spot in Pool L by digging deep for the third match running, edging the Austrians out in 66 melting minutes on the main court.
It was the third match running that Kolocova and Kvapilova have been involved in a three-set marathon and, after finding a way to win a ding-dong first set 31-29, they overcame Steffi and Kathi’s comeback in the second set to maintain their 100 per cent record at the Danube Island.
“The first set was up and down all the time and we got luckier in the end,” admitted Krystina afterwards.
“It was important winning it, but we got a little tired and we decided to take it easier when we were eight points behind in the second set and focus on the third. I am really happy that we were able to produce some energy and win this set.”
Kvapilova added: “We are very pleased and glad that we made it. It took us three sets on all three matches, but we managed to win every game in the pools round. We are just excited that we won it.”
Despite the defeat, the Austrians remain in the hunt for glory on home sand as their two previous wins in the pool were enough to secure second place and a spot in the elimination round.
But the home favorites admitted it was tough going in the heat for such a length of time on the Red Bull Beach Arena sand.
“It was a long, hot and difficult game,” said Schützenhöfer. “The first set was very close but they were better.
“We were better on the second, but they came back in the third and won it.
“Our first goal was to make out of the pool and we made it. We're happy that we already have our initial goal accomplished and now we want to win the next game.”
The experienced Schwaiger added: “The first set was exhausting because it was very hot and they were always one point ahead of us, so we had to save several set points before they won. In the second set we tried our best and it worked, but in the third set they were the better team from the beginning.”
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