Top-seeded Brazilian duo lose to Austria in preliminary round
By: Carrie Waltemeyer
Top-seeded Brazilians Alison and Bruno Schmidt were beaten by 13th-seeded Doppler/Horst (AUT) in their second match of preliminary play.
Doppler/Horst took the first set 23-21. The Brazilian men responded in the second set, taking an early lead to win 21-16. In a decisive third set, the Austrian men topped Brazil 15-13, leaving Brazilian fans shocked.
Alison/Bruno Schmidt are favorites to win the gold medal but must be among the top two of their pool to advance to the Round of 16. The Brazilians won their first match of preliminary play against Canada’s Binstock/Schachter 21-19, 22-20.
The Brazilian men will play their third and final match of pool play on Aug. 10 at 2:30 p.m. ET against Carambula/Ranghieri of Italy.