McNamara Twins move into Chetumal Quarterfinals


CHETUMAL, Mexico, October 26, 2018 – Revenge is set for the quarterfinals of the Chetumal Open as Brazil’s Tainá Bigi/Victoria Lopes and Canada’s Megan McNamara/Nicole McNamara will clash for the second time in just ten days in an elimination match on Saturday at the Mexican coastal city.


Brazilians and Canadians faced each other last week in the qualification tournament the World Tour event in Las Vegas and Tainá and Victoria came out on top, preventing the 21-year-old twins from making their first appearance in a four-star tournament.


As they both had topped their pools on Thursday, the Brazilians and the Canadians played just one match on Friday on their way to the quarterfinals, in the Round of 16. The 23-year-old Tainá and the 19-year-old Victoria posted a 21-16, 21-16 victory over the Netherlands’ Jolien Sinnema and Laura Bloem to advance to their first quarterfinal appearance in a four-star event.


The Canadians, who played in their first quarterfinal in a three-star tournament in Tokyo, back in July, also needed only two sets (21-13, 21-18) to take down Japan’s Yukako Suzuki and Kaho Sakaguchi at the center court.


Six other teams from five different countries also advanced to the quarterfinals, which will have the following matchups on Saturday: USA’s Caitlin Ledoux/Geena Urango vs Mexico’s Zaira Orellana/Martha Revuelta, Brazil’s Maria Clara Salgado/Elize Maia Secomandi vs USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings/Brooke Sweat and Canada’s Heather Bansley/Brandie Wilkerson vs Russia’s Mariia Bocharova/Maria Voronina.


Semifinals are also scheduled for Saturday while the medal matches will end the tournament at the Mexican town on Sunday.