The two Swiss lost the semi-finals to the Americans April Ross / Alexandra Kleinmann in just 37 minutes 12:21, 11:21.
Heidrich / Vergé-Dépré plays bronze on Friday night. They will meet Latvian Dina Graudina / Anastasia Kravchinuka, who surprisingly reached the semi-finals as the 23rd seed in the world. Graudina / Kravchinuka last reached the semi-finals (4th place) at the tournament in Gstaad.
In the semi-finals, the Americans, who call themselves April (Ross) and Alex (Kleinmann), played Joanna Heydrich and Anouk Verge Debre – like all their other Olympic opponents before. Ross/Kleinmann, fifth in the world rankings, last World Cup silver medalist and winner in Gstaad two years ago, is an obvious candidate in this case in Friday’s Olympic final.
Preparing for the Bronze Medal Match
Swiss women must get their books before the bronze match. Joanna Heydrich and Anouk Verger-Depree both climbed to fourth in the world and as the strongest team remaining in the tournament as the semi-finalists. Statistically, they were also in pole position before the semi-finals. But almost nothing happened during the blitzkrieg. They were immediately delayed in both groups.
Heydrich: “Now we have to deal with exactly what went wrong on the spot.” Just 25 hours into the semi-finals, the Swiss women have to prepare to win the bronze medal.
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