The Major Gstaad has new champions as Canada’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes took last year’s winners Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur of Germany down in three sets (21-17, 12-21, 17-15) to end the 2018 edition of the tournament on top of the podium.
It was the second Beach Major Series gold for the world rankings leaders, who had also won the 2017 Pore? Major a little over a year ago, one week before they finished third in the Swiss Alps.
They are the first Canadian team to win in one of the most iconic locations of international beach volleyball.
Canadians Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson continued in great form as they earned their first-ever Beach Major Series podium placement after they defeated Brazilians Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa 21-19, 21-13 in the bronze medal match.