CANCÚN, Mexico, April 22, 2021 - Cubans
Lidiannis ‘Lidy’ Echeverria and Yanisleidis
Sanchez were the only team to advance in Cancun
for the second week in a row as the Caribbeans
eliminated the Colombian Galindo sisters Claudia
and Andrea with a 2-0 (21-12, 21-19) victory.
The Cuban pair first defeated Ieva Dumbauskaite
and Gerda Grudzinskaite of Lituania 2-0 (21-19,
Germans Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider,
who didn’t appear in the first tournament and
didn’t arrive at the Playa Delfines until
Saturday, also advanced from the qualifier to
the main draw.
Seeded third in the qualifier, the Europeans
played only one match but needed all three sets
(19-21, 21-18, 15-13) to knock out France’s
Aline Chamereau and Clemence Vieira.
Top-seeded Carol Solberg and Barbara Seixas of
Brazil had a tough match against Norwegians
Sunniva Helland-Hansen and Ingrid Lunde, but
managed to secure a 2-1 (21-12, 18-21, 15-13)
win and move to the main draw.
The other five teams to qualify were
second-seeded Kelly Claes/Sarah Sponcil of the
USA, 11th-seeded Alexia Richard/Lezana Placette
of France, 20th-seeded Esmee Bobner/Zoe Verge-Depre,
21st-seeded Katja Stam/Raisa Schon and
26th-seeded Emi van Driel/Mexime van Driel, both
of the Netherlands.