The two, who are partners since 2016 and were fourth at the Tokyo Olympics two years ago, started the season with a good result, finishing fourth at the Doha Elite16, in February, but couldn’t keep the same level in the Tepic Elite16, seven weeks later, dropping all their three matches to rank 13th.
“We know how well we can play, the problem has been maintaining it at all times,” Tina added. “Heading into the playoffs, we are focused on showing our best game. If we can do that, there’s a good chance we’re going to win. Everyone here is fighting for the gold medal and so are we.”
Pool C winners were Cheng and Hughes, who after topping the Latvians defeated Tainá and Victoria in two sets (21-17, 21-14) to end their pool play campaign undefeated – the Americans are guaranteed in the quarterfinals in Uberlândia.
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Reigning world champions Eduarda ‘Duda’ Lisboa and Ana Patrícia, who represent Praia Clube and practice at the facility every day, finished in first place in Pool A, going directly to the quarterfinals. The Brazilians were pushed to three sets for the first time at the Uberlândia Elite16 on Friday, but managed to come back and top German qualifiers Sandra Ittlinger and Karla Borger in the tie-breaker (18-21, 21-15, 15-12).