24 teams in the Main draw of Serbian Masters

24 teams in the Main draw of Serbian Masters
After 22 matches played yesterday between 30 teams on 2 courts within single elimination system, 8 teams from Belgium, Latvia, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and Czech Republic qualified for the Main torunament that started today. Host team Antonic-Maric was eliminated from the tournament after being defeated by Frankart-Verschueren of Belgium 1-2 (11-21, 21-17, 8-15). Together with Belgium duo Frankart-Verschueren, other teams that made it to the Main draw are Coucke-van Walle also from Belgium, Smedins-Caics of Latvia, CEV Challenger champions in Novi Sad in the last two years, Medyanyk-Ostapenko of Ukraine, Giginoglu-Sahin of Turkey, Romashkin-Hudyakov of Russia as well as Dumek-Tichy and Kufa, R.-Rotrekl, both from the Czech Republic.

A total of 24 matches are being played from 8,30 a.m. today in a 24 teams’ double elimination system on two courts. Host team Marković-Jovic was unfortunately defeated by Dutch team Stiekema-Varenhorts 2:0 (21-17, 21-13), as well as other host team Tatić-Galetin who lost from Czech duo Kufa R.-Rotrekl 0:2 (14-21, 13-21). In a very exciting match in front of numerous audience, third host team Basta-Tesić originaly from Novi Sad, faught againts Russian team Romashkin-Hudyakov, but Russians were slightly better 1-2 (12-21, 21-17, 14-16). All three teams will seek for their second changes in a repassage matches today afternoon, when Tatić-Galetin will meet Smedins-Caics of Latvia, while Marković-Jović and Basta-Tesić will measure power againts each other. From 16 teams that directly entered the Main draw, Norway duo Horrem-Hordvick is the best ranked team with 328 points, followed by their compatriots Hoidalen-Eithun (316 points) and the Swiss Gabathuler-Schnider (300 points).
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The main tournament will be closed on Sunday afternoon after semi-final and final matches, announcement of winners and delivery of grand trophy and money prizes. Winners will receive golden cup, medals and cheque of EUR 10.000, silver team will be awarded with EUR 7.500 evra, while bronze team will get EUR 5.250.