Spectators in the Aspire Zone in Doha were served all the best that King of the Court has to offer. From incredible spectacular digs, blocks and hits to dramatic last-second glory. The level is high, the fun is great, the King of the Court Finals 2021 are delivering on all aspects of the game. With crowds filling up the stadium the party was lit. Eight teams are now secured for a spot in the final, tomorrow eight more teams will battle for the two latest places in the final. Saturday evening the Queens and Kings of the 2021 season will be crowned in Doha, Qatar. Don’t miss it!
The day started with just one 15-minute round to decide which team would join the semifinalists later. At the right moment France’s Lézana Placette and Alexia Richard pushed through on the Queen’s side and earned their place in the semis.
The first five teams to battle out for the final had amongst them one Queen. Marta Menegatti (ITA) and her new partner Valentina Gottardi were ousted first and are out of the competition. The first team sent to tomorrow’s play-off were Japan’s Sayaka Mizoe and Miki Ishii, later followed by Sunniva Helland-Hansen and Emilie Olimstad (NOR) who had to concede in the final round.
Anastasija Kravcenoka (LAT) and Phoebe Bell (AUS) were strongest when it mattered most, they won the semifinal, followed by Germany’s Isabel Schneider and Sandra Ittlinger. They will report to the final on Saturday.
In the second semifinal The French women put together another great run of points to secure top spot and a ticket to the final. They are joined by the mixed-nationality team of Chantal Laboureur (GER) and Gerda Grudzinskaite (LTU). The team to be eliminated from that semi were Dutch Desy Poiesz and Leanne van Vegten. Sarah Schermerhorn and Corinne Quiggle from the USA used their golden ball from yesterday to their advantage and found themselves a place in tomorrow’s playoff for a final chance at the final. Czech Republic’s Bára Hermannová and Marie-Sára Štochlová won the first two rounds, but had to acknowledge defeat in the last fifteen minutes.
Check out the line-up for tomorrow below.
The excitement at the mens side was going through the roof today. First the Brazilian/French combo of Guto and Quincy Aye lucked out in the final minute of the playoff for the semifinals. Dutchman Ruben Penninga hit his serve long twice and handed them two points. And with a longer stay than the Bello Brothers Guto and Aye were in the semis.
In the first semi the reigning Kings of Utrecht performed an unprecedented achievement. David Åhman and Jonatan Hellvig from Sweden scored a total of 63 points in three rounds. They are en route to another title. But not just them, 2020 Kings of Utrecht Krattiger/Breer join them in tomorrow’s showdown for the crown. The Poniewaz twins were sent home, Oman’s hopefuls Alhashmi/Alshereiqi and Spanish Adrián Gavira/Alejandro Huerta will try again in the playoff.
The drama had no end in the last match played on Friday, home favorites Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younnousse reached the final by passing Dutch Stefan Boermans and Yorick de Groot in the dying seconds of the final round. It was a revenge for a lost Gstaad final on their part. Yves Haussener and Martin Tiisaar had secured a spot in the final by displaying wonderful defensive and blocking skills. Guto and Aye join the Dutchies in the playoff tomorrow, Nejc Zemljak and Mihails Samoilovs were eliminated.
Check out tomorrow’s line-up below.
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