Photo: Álvaro Maia GomesPovoa de Varzim, Portugal - men's finalists
POVOA DE VARZIM, PORTUGAL: German top seeds Alexander Bailer and Oliver Munz clashed with the second-seeded Portuguese pairing of Pedro Correia and Filipe Rebelo in the men’s title match which saw the home players come out on top in straight sets.
In the women’s doubles, all four seeded teams safely progressed to the semifinals where the top two seeds were both eliminated in a deciding set match tiebreak finishing 10-7.
The eventual women’s champions were the Portuguese-German pairing of Catarina Alexandrino and Dorothee Berreth, the number three seeds at this G3 tournament.
The opening day of this two-day tournament saw all eight men’s seeds progress to the quarterfinals without the loss of a set between them with the shock result of the day seeing the fourth seeds knocked out 76(2) 63 as the seventh seeds, Henrique Freitas and Pedro Maio, joined the top three seeded teams in the semifinal.
The women’s event only consisted of eight teams and the four seeded teams were in impressive form with all four easing into a semifinal berth losing just eight games between them.
An official dinner was held to round off the first day of play bringing together 40 players.
The second day saw action from the main draw semifinals and also non-ranking consolation and mixed doubles events.
Both the men’s semis were evenly contested affairs. Top seeds Bailer and Munz moved into the final with a 63 64 defeat of Freitas and Maio while the other semi saw Correia and Rebelo split the first two sets with fellow Portuguese players Ruben Ferreira and Bruno Polonia before sealing their place in the final with a 64 46 [10-7] triumph.
Three sets were also required in both women’s semifinals. Alexandrino and Berreth came from behind to defeat the number one seeds Alba Gamell Castillo and Ana Salas Calderon of Spain 36 64 [10-7] with the second seeds, Ana Pereira and Susana Pereira, going down 62 57 [10-7] to Ines Cristovao and Joana Roda, the fourth-seeded pairing.
The finals were both settled in straight sets. Much to the delight of the home crowd, Correia and Rebelo triumphed 63 62 in the men’s final with the women’s title going to Alexandrino and Berreth 63 75. Rebelo also claimed the mixed doubles title with partner Joana Roda.