Moving day in The Hague. Unlike the last couple of tournaments, this one lines up to have both the men and women finish on Sunday. That means whereas past tournaments that had a schedule like yesterday’s (one gender plays two matches of pool play while the other plays one) would have had some knockout play on day 2, that’s not the case today. Today, everyone simply finishes pool play.
Centre court started off with a marquee American team, for the second day in a row.
Gibb/Patterson vs. Plavins/Peda
Nice to start off the day with the world #1 team. And they certainly played up to that billing at the beginning, taking five of the first seven. It looked like another wet day in den Haag, as the sand was unmistakably pretty dark in colour. It looked like the Americans were in line to take a huge lead, going up 8-3 early, but a sideout and for the Latvians and a couple of hitting errors from Patterson made it a 2-point set at 8-6. The margin was 12-9 at the halfway timeout, as the teams mostly traded sideouts between side changes 2 and 3.
The first point back was kind of interesting. It looked like Gibb’s attempt at a cut shot had cut a little too much, landing out. There’s no question it landed out, but the point went to the Americans, so apparently a touch was called on the Latvians by the down ref. The Americans extended to a 5-point lead first at 15-10 and then to 6 at 17-11, as they beat the Latvians with paper cuts by taking two points out of three, three out of four — it adds up. There was no one huge run, but they wound up taking a pretty comfortable 21-14 decision.
The Latvians did a good job of misdirecting Jake Gibb at the net a couple of times early in set 2, but had only a 4-3 relative stalemate to show for it at the first side change. They took their first 2-point lead of the match at 6-4, when Gibb was called for a double hit trying for an overhand set. He looked displeased with the call, and you can’t really blame him — officials tend to swallow the whistle on ball-handling stuff in beach. It certainly didn’t appear to be an egregious violation. ‘Spiker’ quickly got the point back, as the Americans drew even at 7 on the second side change. Upon the Americans getting their first 2-point lead of the set at 10-8, the Latvians called time.
The run continued, and the Latvians started to look a little defeated as an “over-dig” fell in on their side to make it 11-8 USA, and then a service ace made it 12-8. The Latvians did manage to sideout at 12-9 on the automatic timeout, but the Americans quickly put the match away afterward, running to 16-9 before the Latvians sided out again. It wasn’t much longer until it was over, Gibb and Patterson winning a sudden laugher 21-11 in the second.
Spijkers/Varenhorst vs. Redmann/Hatch
Both of these teams lost on day one, so this match had pretty obvious significance with regards to who would and would not advance out of pool play. It was mostly an even exchange to start off, with a block at the net from Mav Hatch giving the Canadians the slender lead at the first side change. The Dutch team got the point back and then some in advance of the second side change. From 5-all, Daan Spijkers remarkably came up with four consecutive aces. A reception miscue, a creeping little let, a spinner to fall just in between the Canadians, it was an ace of each suit, really. He added a fifth point with a kill at the net before the Canadians finally sided out, and the Dutch team took a commanding 14-7 lead at the halfway mark. The Dutch side extended to 8 at 16-8 before really putting it away late, for a 21-11 first-set drubbing.
The Canadians were first on the scoreboard in set 2, prompting a very early Dutch timeout when they trailed just 2-0. Hatch and Redmann added one more before the Dutch got their first sideout of the match, and that margin held to the second side change, with the Canadians up two on reception. The Dutch took one back on serve to start that slate-of-seven, but Hatch and Redmann took five of the next six to lead by a solid 13-8 at the technical.
But it wasn’t to last. The Dutch team caught fire coming out of timeout, closing to within 2 by the fourth side change and taking the lead for the first time at 16-15. A Mav Hatch block made it 18-17 at the fourth change, as the Canadians managed to not let the set get entirely away from them. On 18-all, a big turnaround happened. The Dutch serve was first called in by the up official, until he climbed down for an closer look and ruled it out to give the point to the Canadians. Hatch and Redmann reached set point at 20-19 and converted before extras to force a deciding set.
The 3rd set started off innocuously, with a difference of just 3-2 at the first side change, but after the change the Dutch scored three in a row to go up four at 6-2. That prompted the Canadians to call time, but they couldn’t play catch-up. An ace by Varenhorst extended the Dutch to a 9-4 advantage, holding to 10-5 at the side change. Another ace for Spijkers made it 11-5. If it seems like the Dutch scored a considerable number of aces in this match, they sorta did, but it bears mentioning that it was a very windy day in The Hague, which promised to play havoc with service reception for everyone, all day. It was 13-7 at the fourth change and there was not a fifth, the Dutch team winning 15-8.
Doherty/Rogers vs. Kantor/Losiak
This is an interesting matchup, as Kantor/Losiak turned a bit of an upset on day one knocking off the returning Nummerdor/Schuil, while the Americans lost an 18-16 third set to Kaczmarek/Fuchs (yes, that’s Sebastian Fuchs — Julius Brink is temporarily out of action with a back injury).
The Poles scored on serve first on the rally ending 5-3, Kantor blocking Doherty at the net. They added another on the long rally that followed to go up by 3 points, but the Americans responded with a run of their own. They went ahead 7-6 before the Poles sided out at the side change. It looked like the Americans were at their best with Rogers serving, to allow Doherty to take an immediate presence at the net. The relative stalemate held to the halfway point, with the Americans ahead 11-10 on serve.
Doherty and Rogers went on a pretty nice run after the timeout, prompting the Poles to call time down 18-13. They responded well by taking three of the next four to close the gap to 19-16 at the side change. Then a service ace made it a 2-point set, and the Americans took their timeout. On the 19-17 rally, Doherty repeatedly tried to attack on 2, first after the serve then after three or four digs by Rogers. Every time, he was dug (or soft-blocked) himself. Every time. The Polish run remarkably reached set point at 20-19, but on that rally Doherty was finally able to find the sand. After a few sideouts, Rogers went back to serve on 21-all, and that again was to the Americans’ advantage. They got the true-point on a block by the big man to reach set point themselves, and put it away 23-21. Catastrophe averted.
The Poles held the early lead in set 2, but the Americans managed to keep it close and equalised at the second side change. It was a scant 11-10 at the automatic, but that’s when the Poles next established their lead. They went ahead 16-12 at the fourth change. Uniform singlets were flappin’ in the breeze, showing just how windy it was. Thankfully, what clouds there were were mostly the fluffy white kind. Not ominous and foreboding like yesterday. The Americans got back within two at 17-15, but the Poles just as quickly extended back to four, prepping us for the race to 15. Kantor and Losiak finished the set off 21-18.
Kantor and Losiak again took the lead in the decider, rattling off the first three on serve and leading 4-1 at the first side change. The Poles played insatiable defence. There really didn’t look like there was a whole lot wrong with Rogers and Doherty’s offensive sets, but they could not get a ball to touch the sand. After the rally ending 6-2, Doherty let out a few very loud shouts of frustration, and the Americans called time staring down a 7-2 deficit after the next rally. The Americans did not get their next sideout until 8-3. They cut it back to 9-6, but the Poles then ran off four straight, last on two aces, to break the set open. The final was 15-8.
It’s important to remember that Ryan Doherty is still kind of a work in progress. This is his first season on the international circuit, and he’s only played about 20 tournaments on the American circuit (in fairness — that’s about all there have been) in past seasons. Not really that long ago, he was still trying to make it as a baseball pitcher. I hope this doesn’t sound condescending coming from someone who doesn’t play, but I’m fairly sure he has still has a bit to learn in order to be the best he can be at the game. I hope for his sake that his physical peak doesn’t pass him by before then.
Fopma/Sweat vs. Sinnema/Stiekema
I was hopeful of getting to see a full match from this American duo. Both teams wore cold weather gear for this match, as the winds continued to swirl. The Americans’ pink tops were almost flesh-tone, but not quite. It looked for a moment like maybe they had really, really bad sunburns.
The Americans’ serve reception left a little to be desired early in this one, as back-to-back aces put the Dutch team up 4-1. Neither looked like a particularly tough serve, either. It was 5-2 at the side change. The Americans were able to get the much taller Fopma most of the hitting opportunities, but it sure didn’t seem to matter in the early going. They called their timeout down 8-2. The timeout didn’t staunch the tide. A service error from Sinnema finally did, but only after getting all the way to 11-3. You’ll take that run every time. The lead reached ten at 14-4, and the rout was on. The technical came at 15-6, and the Dutch team led by 8 again as late as 19-11. To Fopma and Sweat’s credit, they didn’t appear to mail it in as the set reached its inexorable conclusion. The final margin was 21-17 after it briefly looked like the Americans may not even reach double digits.
Neither the Dutch team’s early dominance nor the Americans’ late surge carried over into set 2, as it was a 4-3 pseudo-wash in advance of the first side change. The Dutch took three in a row there to take the lead, last on an ace where the American offence just broke down. Sweat dove in the back of the court to get to the serve, and did reach it, but her pass just fell in at the net as Fopma didn’t get to it in time. I guess it speaks to the strength of the serve. Another ace put the Dutch on top 8-5, though after the sideout and side change, Fopma got it right back with an ace of her own. It remained close at the third side change, the midpoint, the Dutch leading 11-10 on reception.
Fopma and Sweat had some trouble turning the corner. They were siding out okay, and even erasing mini 2 and 3-point deficits, but they were not able to take the lead. The turning point might have been the 18-17 rally, a long one with some nice defence on both sides. It ended with Fopma getting a free hit at the net, but her attempt at a roll shot/pokie didn’t clear the net, and rolled out of bounds on the American side. The Americans called time there. The Dutch reached match point on their first serve back, but Fopma and Sweat staved off three straight to draw even. For about the first time all match, Fopma seemed stronger at the net, with Sinnema’s block on 20-18 hitting the antenna and Fopma’s own block on 20-19 cleanly winning the point.
From there, it got a little herky-jerky. Fopma and Sweat staved off another match point on 21-20, and then had their own set point at 22-21. They did not convert, and the Dutch team reached match point again at 23-22. They did not convert that one. Finally, the Dutch side converted on 25-23. At this point, the winds were getting so fierce that they were blowing pieces off the court surroundings onto the playing area, though luckily not until after the final point was decided.
Meppelink/Van Gestel vs. Zumkehr/Heidrich
Nice matchup between two teams I quite like. And the crowd seemed pretty boisterous for this one, too. Lots of claps and cheers and….banging on metal? ‘s what it sounded like.
But cheer as the Dutch fans did, their “home-girls” were outplayed at the beginning of the match. The Swiss team led 5-2 at the first side change and 9-4 when Meppelink and Van Gestel called time. The rally ending 9-4 was a rather dubious failure on their part, with Meppelink’s terminating swing going straight into the top of the net. Zumkehr and Heidrich had the chance to extend it to a six-point lead at the side switch. Despite a clean reception of serve, Van Gestel’s hit was rather unremarkable and easily dug. The Swiss team, too, were dug on their return, and eventually Van Gestel did get the kill. After an ace and another kill to close it to 9-7, the Swiss called their timeout. The Dutch drew even at 10-10, and took the lead at the midway point as Heidrich mistakenly played a serve that was flying well wide.
After adding another on serve following the technical timeout, the Dutch extended the lead to 3 on probably the longest point of the match. Points like that are good news for the serving team, as their disadvantage is negated and it becomes increasingly likely that they may win a point that they “shouldn’t.” Which is indeed what happened. “Ace” serving pressure (I slay me) as the set wore on increased the Dutch to a 6-point lead at 19-13, and they closed the set out 21-14.
The Swiss fell into a quick hole again to begin set 2, burning their timeout at 4-1. More great serving pressure from Madelein Meppelink ran the Dutch side to an already-probably-insurmountable advantage before even the second side change, as they were up a touchdown at 10-3. Even that wasn’t the end of it (I just wanted to use “up a touchdown”) as it wasn’t until 12-4 that Zumkehr got the sideout. And then it really got ugly, as the technical came with the Dutch up a whopping 16-5. A fourth side change was just barely necessary, as the pasting was complete at 21-9.
With still a bit of women’s action left to go, the webcasts abruptly cut out at this point. Luckily, they came back just in time for a big match on centre court
Gibb/Patterson vs. Nicolai/Lupo
It’s always nice to have a match where I know exactly who all 4 guys (or gals, as the case may be) are without having to look up heights or hairstyles or something.
The Italians led early, with Nicolai winning the blocking battle against Gibb (aahhhh) on the first few rallies. On 4-2, Lupo’s little pokie just barely cleared the net, giving Patterson the easy opportunity for a dig-pass/set from Spiker/kill sequence. It was something of a missed opportunity, as the Americans ran out to a 7-4 lead before the Italians could sideout again. Patterson came up with a couple of ace serves to cap off the run, one a field-goal in between ‘em and the other a let that just crawled over. The Italians ran it back to equalise at the side change, 7-all. The teams then traded points to the midway timeout, the Americans up a point on serve.
Rain visibly started to fall as the match wore on. Raindrops keep fallin’ on my camera lens. After trading points back and forth for a stretch, Nicolai and Lupo took the first 2-point lead in quite a while at 17-15. A net fault called against Gibb on Patterson’s serve at 18-17 negated what could have been a chance at an equaliser, as Patterson easily dug Nicolai’s swing. The big Italian’s kill a few rallies later made it set point at 20-18. Gibb appeared to play a serve that was bound to land out, but he got away with it, scoring the kill anyway. Nonetheless, Lupo converted the Italians’ reception set point to put them up 1-nil.
The even exchange of points continued into set 2. At one point, Patterson a bit unknowingly missed a chance to put his side ahead, as he Matrix’d his way out of the way of a sinking line drive….only to have it land well in bounds. He made up for it not long after, coming up with a kill and back-to-back blocks to break open the 5-all tie.
The Americans were much more in control in this set, with Gibb asserting himself nicely against the relatively diminutive Lupo. He didn’t always get a scoring block when the two matched up, but he definitely was a little more proactive than in set 1. The automatic timeout came with the Americans leading 12-9. They added a point on serve to go up by 4, and really went to town starting at 15-11. They made it to set point at 20-11 before Nicolai finally got a token sideout. He added a service ace as well, but of course he could not stave off the inevitable, the Americans claiming set 2 21-13.
In an indication, perhaps, that Nicolai and Lupo packed in a little as set 2 neared its conclusion, set 3 was another even exchange. Nicolai suddenly looked a lot more tenacious at the net. It was nine straight sideouts to start with, and then 5-4 was a really long rally. Some nice defence was played by both sides, but the point went to the Americans on serve, giving them the advantage. They tacked on a point in advance of the third side change to lead by three, 9-6, and a couple more on kills for Patterson to take a commanding lead. They reached match point at 14-8 and only needed the one attempt at it, a block from ‘Spiker’ sealing the deal.
So yeah, can we all agree these guys are a world-elite team now? And maybe likewise that Jake Gibb was a little underrated last year as half of the World Tour points champions? It wasn’t all Sean.
Spijkers/Varenhorst vs. Alison/Emanuel
Just a few words here, as I was almost asleep when this match started (seriously, these things are like 14 hours long and start at weird times of day). This match, so far as I could tell, had absolutely nothing at stake, other than I guess a marginally more favourable knockout draw. As both teams had already beaten Redmann/Hatch and lost to Doppler/Horst, the finishing order (beyond who’d be 2 and who’d be 3) and everything that was most relevant about it was already decided. Doppler/Horst had won the pool, and Redmann/Hatch were done (indeed, they didn’t even play their match with Doppler/Horst, which I’m not sure how I feel about).
So with so little of competitive value at stake, who showed up? The home team. Alison and Emanuel looked to be playing at about half-speed, and probably were. The Dutch team won by a downright silly (21-14, 21-12) count. I really don’t think it’s a case where they put in a full effort and still got spanked, but I guess we can’t discount the possibility. To me, it looked like they were treating this match like practice (yes Allen, we talkin’ ’bout practice). It shouldn’t portend ill for their knockout round fortunes tomorrow.
Full Day Two results
Men’s Pool Play
#17 Fuchs/Kaczmarek (GER) d. #1 Nummerdor/Schuil (NED) (21-15, 18-21, 15-11)
#32 Kantor/Losiak (POL) d. #17 Doherty/Rogers (USA) (21-23, 21-16, 15-8)
Nummerdor/Schuil d. Doherty/Rogers (21-12, 21-14)
Kantor/Losiak d. Fuchs/Kaczmarek (17-21, 21-19, 17-15)
Pool A result
1. Kantor/Losiak 3-0
2. Fuchs/Kaczmarek 2-1
3. Nummerdor/Schuil 1-2
4. Doherty/Rogers 0-3
#18 Doppler/Horst (AUT) d. #2 Alison/Emanuel (BRA) (22-20, 24-22)
#15 Spijkers/Varenhorst (NED) d. #31 Redmann/Hatch (CAN) (21-11, 19-21, 15-8)
Spijkers/Varenhorst d. Alison/Emanuel (21-12, 21-14)
Doppler/Horst d. Redmann Hatch via forfeit (which are now again listed as ‘forfeit’ rather than 21-0, 21-0)
Pool B result
1. Doppler/Horst 3-0
2. Spijkers/Varenhorst 2-1
3. Alison/Emanuel 1-2
4. Redmann/Hatch 0-3
#3 Dalhausser/Rosenthal (USA) d. #19 Kapa/McHugh (AUS) (26-24, 21-9)
#14 Sidorenko/Dyachenko (KAZ) d. #30 Van Dorsten/Van de Velde (NED) (21-15, 21-18)
Sidorenko/Dyachenko d. Dalhausser/Rosenthal (22-20, 21-16)
Kapa/McHugh d. Van Dorsten/Van de Velde (21-13, 18-21, 15-12)
Pool C result
1. Sidorenko/Dyachenko 3-0
2. Dalhausser/Rosenthal 2-1
3. Kapa/McHugh 1-2
4. Van Dorsten/Van de Velde 0-3
#4 Pedro/Bruno (BRA) d. #20 Kubala/Benes (CZE) (21-13, 15-21, 15-11)
#29 Herrera/Gavira (ESP) d. #13 Dollinger/Windscheif (GER) (21-15, 22-20)
Pedro/Bruno d. Dollinger/Windscheif (21-14, 27-25)
Herrera/Gavira d. Kubala/Benes (22-20, 22-20)
Pool D result
1. Pedro/Bruno 3-0
2. Herrera/Gavira 2-1
3. Dollinger/Windscheif 1-2
4. Kubala/Benes 0-3
#5 Gibb/Patterson (USA) d. #21 Peda/Plavins (LAT) (21-14, 21-11)
#12 Nicolai/Lupo (ITA) d. #28 Saxton/Schalk (CAN) (21-15, 17-21, 16-14)
Gibb/Patterson d. Nicolai/Lupo (19-21, 21-13, 15-8)
Saxton/Schalk d. Peda/Plavins (21-17, 29-27)
Pool E result
1. Gibb/Patterson 3-0
2. Nicolai/Lupo 2-1
3. Saxton/Schalk 1-2
4. Peda/Plavins 0-3
#22 Huber/Seidl (AUT) d. #6 Erdmann/Matysik (GER) (21-17, 21-16)
#11 Kadziola/Szalankiewicz (POL) d. #27 Böckermann/Urbatzka (GER) (19-21, 21-17, 15-9)
Kadziola/Szalankiewicz d. Erdmann/Matysik (21-13, 21-19)
Böckermann/Urbatzka d. Huber/Seidl (17-21, 27-25, 15-10)
Pool F result
1. Kadziola/Szalankiewicz 3-0
2. Erdmann/Matysik 1-2
3. Huber/Seidl 1-2
4. Böckermann/Urbatzka 1-2
#7 Fijalek/Prudel (POL) d. #23 Vitor Felipe/Evandro (BRA) (21-12, 21-15)
#10 Samoilovs/J Smedins (LAT) d. #26 Gabathuler/Weingart (SUI) (21-18, 21-14)
Samoilovs/J Smedins d. Fijalek/Prudel (21-15, 21-14)
Gabathuler/Weingart d. Vitor Felipe/Evandro (21-17, 16-21, 15-12)
Pool G result
1. Samoilovs/J Smedins 3-0
2. Fijalek/Prudel 2-1
3. Gabathuler/Weingart 1-2
4. Vitor Felipe/Evandro 0-3 Not often that a Brazil team gets swept out of pool play, but here’s proof that it is possible
#8 Brouwer/Meeuwsen (NED) d. #24 Horrem/Eithun (NOR) (21-14, 21-23, 20-18)
#25 Sorokins/T Smedins (LAT) d. #9 Ricardo/Álvaro Filho (BRA) (21-15, 13-21, 15-13)
Brouwer/Meeuwsen d. Ricardo/Álvaro Filho (24-22, 21-18)
Sorokins/T Smedins d. Horrem/Eithun (who still have not won a main-draw match this season) (21-14, 11-21, 15-9)
Pool H result
1. Brouwer/Meeuwsen 3-0
2. Sorokins/T Smedins 2-1
3. Ricardo/Álvaro Filho 1-2
4. Horrem/Eithun 0-3
Nicolai/Lupo vs. Alison/Emanuel (!!!), winners to face Kantor/Losiak
Fijalek/Prudel vs. Saxton/Schalk, winners to face Brouwer/Meeuwsen
Spijkers/Varenhorst vs. Ricardo/Álvaro Filho, winners to face Gibb/Patterson
Erdmann/Matysik vs. Kapa/McHugh, winners to face Pedro/Bruno
Sorokins/T Smedins vs. Huber/Seidl, winners to face Sidorenko/Dyachenko
Herrera/Gavira vs. Nummerdor/Schuil, winners to face Kadziola/Szalankiewicz
Fuchs/Kaczmarek vs. Dollinger/Windscheif, winners to face Samoilovs/J Smedins
Dalhausser/Rosenthal vs. Gabathuler/Weingart, winners to face Doppler/Horst
Women’s Pool Play
#1 Keizer/Van Iersel (NED) d. #16 Bawden/Clancy (AUS) (21-13, 19-21, 15-12)
#17 Fendrick/Hochevar (USA) d. #32 Arvaniti/Karagkouni (GRE) (21-19, 21-14)
Pool A result
1. Keizer/Van Iersel 3-0
2. Fendrick/Hochevar 2-1
3. Bawden/Clancy 1-2
4. Arvaniti/Karagkouni 0-3
#2 Kessy/Ross (USA) d. #15 Borger/Büthe (GER) (17-21, 21-18, 15-10)
#18 Forrer/Vergé-Dépré (SUI) d. #31 Bloem/Braakman (NED) (32-30, 26-24)
Pool B result
1. Kessy/Ross 3-0
2. Borger/Büthe 2-1
3. Forrer/Vergé-Dépré 1-2
4. Bloem/Braakman 0-3
#14 Maria Clara/Carolina (BRA) d. #3 Holtwick/Semmler (GER) (21-14, 17-21, 15-9)
#19 Nystrom/Nystrom (FIN) d. #30 Prokopeva/Popova (RUS) (21-12, 22-24, 15-10)
Pool C result
1. Maria Clara/Carolina 3-0
2. Holtwick/Semmler 2-1
3. Nystrom/Nystrom 1-2
4. Prokopeva/Popova 0-3
#4 Cicolari/Menegatti (ITA) d. #13 Schwaiger/Schwaiger (AUT) (21-12, 17-21, 15-11)
#20 Dubovcova/Nestarcova (SVK) d. #29 Missottenova/Skalnikova (CZE) (23-25, 22-20, 15-10)
Pool D result
1. Cicolari/Menegatti 3-0 A good return to form for them after a so-so (to put it kindly) beginning to the season
2. Schwaiger/Schwaiger 2-1
3. Dubovcova/Nestarcova 1-2
4. Missottenova/Skalnikova 0-3
#12 Ludwig/Walkenhorst (GER) d. #5 Ukolova/Khomyakova (RUS) (21-9, 21-16)
#28 Sinnema/Stiekema (NED) d. #21 Fopma/Sweat (USA) (21-17, 25-23)
Pool E result
1. Ludwig/Walkenhorst 3-0
2. Ukolova/Khomyakova 1-2
3. Sinnema/Stiekema 1-2
4. Fopma/Sweat 1-2 Too bad. I quite enjoyed watching Brooke Sweat’s ponytail fly around
#6 Meppelink/Van Gestel (NED) d. #11 Zumkehr/Heidrich (SUI) (21-14, 21-9)
#27 Gioria/Giombini (ITA) d. #22 Bonnerova/Hermannova (CZE) (12-21, 21-19, 15-7)
Pool F result
1. Meppelink/Van Gestel 3-0
2. Bonnerova/Hermannova 1-2
3. Zumkehr/Heidrich 1-2
4. Gioria/Giombini 1-2
#7 Maria/Agatha (BRA) d. #23 Kolosninska/Brzostek (POL) (21-12, 23-21)
#10 Lili/Seixas (BRA) d. #26 Van der Vlist/Wesselink (NED) (21-17, 21-16)
Pool G result
1. Lili/Seixas 3-0
2. Maria/Agatha 2-1
3. Van der Vlist/Wesselink 1-2
4. Kolosninska/Brzostek 0-3
#8 Talita/Taiana (BRA) d. #9 Lilina/Baquerizo (ESP) (21-14, 14-21, 15-8)
#24 Köhler/Schumacher (GER) d. #25 Artacho/Ngaumo (AUS) (16-21, 21-16, 15-12)
Pool H result
1. Talita/Taiana 3-0
2. Liliana/Baquerizo 2-1
3. Köhler/Schumacher 1-2
4. Artacho/Ngaumo 0-3
Ukolova/Khomyakova vs. Nystrom/Nystrom, winners to face Keizer/Van Iersel
Schwaiger/Schwaiger vs. Forrer/Vergé-Dépré, winners to face Talita/Taiana
Fendrick/Hochevar vs. Van der Vlist/Wesselink, winners to face Ludwig/Walkenhorst
Borger/Büthe vs. Sinnema/Stiekema, winners to face Cicolari/Menegatti
Bonnerova/Hermannova vs. Dubovcova/Nestarcova, winners to face Maria Clara/Carolina
Liliana/Baquerizo vs. Bawden/Clancy, winners to face Meppelink/Van Gestel
Holtwick/Semmler vs. Zumkehr/Heidrich, winners to face Lili/Seixas and losers to bemoan such a strong first draw
Maria/Agatha vs. Köhler/Schumacher, winners to face Kessy/Ross