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2017-08-01 20:29:00 CET

Big tests for reigning champs

Agatha and Barbara face a fight to retain their crowd in women’s elimination

Agatha/Duda have a fight on to progress to the last 16 at the Danube IslandAgatha/Duda have a fight on to progress to the last 16 at the Danube Island

Both Brazilian women’s teams containing world champions will need to be at their best if they’re to retain their crowns following the elimination draw made earlier today.

Agatha Bednarczuk and teammate, rising star Duda – who celebrated her 19th birthday today – will face in-form Czech Republic partnership Marketa Sluková and Barbora Hermannová in the round 32.

Meanwhile Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti Alves face a just as tricky task to make the last 16. The Brazilians take on Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan – one of the most consistent teams on the World Tour in the last few months.

In other ties that catch the eye in the first knockout round, German wildcards Maggie Kozuch and Karla Borger face Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson, while there’ll be an all-American affair too, as April Ross and Lauren Fendrick tackle Emily Day and Nicole Branagh.

The sole surviving women’s team from host country Austria, Steffi Schwaiger and Katharina Schützenhöfer, won’t have it easy against Swiss youngsters Tanja Hüberli and Nina Betschart. They aren’t the only team from Switzerland in the last 32, either. Anouk Vergé-Dépré and Joana Heidrich also made it through the pool play and their prize is a tie against Kazahstan’s Tatyana Mashkova and Bakhtgul Samalikova.

Two of the two favorites for the title, Brazil’s Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes and Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany have both been handed ties against lucky losers.

Larissa/Talita take on fellow South Americans Ana Gallay and Maria Zonta of Argentina, while Laura and Kira will play China’s Fan Wang and Yuan Yue.

Check out the full draw right here.

The women’s elimination matches begin at 12.30pm CET on Wednesday. And you can catch all the drama from every match live on BeachStream. Click here to sign-up.

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