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Fort Lauderdale Major (7th February - 12th February 2017)

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Pre-Tournament Information

Laura Ludwig will not be competing in this tournament as she continues to recover from her shoulder operation. 

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Julian Grossner will partner Kira Walkenhorst for the tournament.

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List of teams who have entered for this tournament - https://us.swatchmajorseries.com/en/teams-players/teams

Walkenhorst/Grossner listed as official entry.

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Julia talks about her decision to change partners from Nadja Glenzke to Kira Walkenhorst for Fort Lauderdale. She points out that the Glenzke/Grossner partnership would not have enough points to qualify for tournaments, so a big haul of points in Fort Lauderdale would be good news for Glenzke, Grossner, Walkenhorst and Ludwig!

Full article: https://us.swatchmajorseries.com/en/1152/julia-answers-kiras-flt-major-call

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Fort Lauderdale Major 2017 Tournament Schedule

https://us.swatchmajorseries.com/en/1104

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Swatch have launched their 'BeachStream' for live and on demand coverage of all the matches. You just need to fill in the quick registration form at www.swatchmajorseries.com/en/media/mediathek

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Times of when and where the men and women's matches will be played can be found on this forum post: http://forum.ludwig-walkenhorst.com/topic8.html#p16

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Day 1 (Tue 7th February)

 

There were no matches played by Kira and Julia today. 

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Day 2 (Wed 8th February) Pool Play Match 2

 

Pool Play Match 1: Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Ittlinger/Mersmann (GER) on Side Court 3 at 4.30pm (GMT)

 

Result: 2-0
 

The temporary Walkenhorst-Grossner pairing seems to be working well. The duo not really put under pressure. Watch out Laura, you might be at risk of losing Kira!

 

Match Video

 

Match Statistics

 

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Kira's thoughts on the opening match
with Julia, her preparation for Fort
Lauderdale and her future goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pool Play Match 2: Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Pischke/May (CAN) on Centre court at 10.30pm GMT

 

Result: 2-1

 

This match was the first under the floodlights with the spectacular colours changes going from dusk to night. The second set was slightly disappointing from Walkenhorst/Grossner, an apparant lack of confidence meant they were often out of position. Things came together again in Set 3 with a massive run of 10 consecutive points.

 

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Day 3 (Thu 9th February)

 

Pool Play Match 3: Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Sweat/Summer (USA)

 

Result: 0-2

 

Outplayed by the fresh Sweat/Summer partnership. Many points lost from service errors, and the need to clean the sunglasses every other shot suggests they never really settled into the match. On the positive, they have finished their Pool D group in second position so are through to the next round.

 

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Day 4 (Fri 10th February)

 

Round of 24: Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Meppelink / Van Gestel (NED)

 

Result: 0-2

 

A very windy match. Kira later admitted that they never really got to grips with the weather conditions. The sets were much closer than the 0-2 scoreline might suggest but ultimately they were outplayed by the better team.

 

Walkenhorst/Grossner finish the tournament in joint 17th position. It is expected that they will return to their usual partners for future tournaments in the season.

 

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Other notable activity from Fort Lauderdale Major

 

Coming soon

 

 

Event Schedule

 

Qualification

Rounds 1 + 2 - Tuesday, February 7th

Main Draw

Pool Play - Wed, February 8th - Thu, February 9th
Round of 24 - Friday, February 10th
Round of 16 - Friday, February 10th
Quarterfinal - Saturday, February 11th
Semifinal - Sunday, February 12th
Medal Matches - Sunday, February 12th

Source: Swatch

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Kira shows off her new sponsor and looks forward to the new season.

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Grossner Walkenhorst at Fort Lauderdale Major

Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Ittlinger/Mersmann (GER)

Pool Match 1 - Fort Lauderdale
Pool Match 2 - Fort Lauderdale
Kira Walkenhorst during Fort Lauderdale Major Pool Play

Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Ittlinger/Mersmann (GER)

Walkenhorst at Fort Lauderdale Major

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Here's what Laura gets up to when she's not able to play in Fort Lauderdale with Kira

Pool Match 3 - Fort Lauderdale
Walkenhorst & Grossner - Fort Lauderdale Major
Walkenhorst & Grossner - Fort Lauderdale Major

Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Sweat/Summer (USA)

Walkenhorst/Grossner (GER) - Sweat/Summer (USA)

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