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The winners of last year’s Coolangatta Futures and Kuşadası Challenge and the 2023 La Paz Challenge, Kloth, 26, and Nuss, 25, have a fourth place in Torquay, last December, as their best result in an Elite16 event. The two have at least matched it in Uberlândia after they won two elimination matches on Saturday.
The Americans started the day in the Round of 12, where they eliminated compatriots Terese Cannon and Sarah Sponcil in straight sets (21-14, 21-11). Kloth and Nuss had a big challenge in the quarterfinals, facing the home team of Bárbara Seixas and Carol Salgado, but handled the pressure of the home crowd well to move forward with another two-set (21-18, 21-17) win.
“Playing Brazil in front of this home crowd, it was just fun,” Nuss commented. “We don’t think there was a single person in the stadium that wanted us to win, so we were just cheering one another. The crowd was amazing, we could really tell they were into the game and very engaged. It’s always kind of fun being the underdog, you don’t really have a lot of pressure on you. You can just go there and play your game and that’s what we did.”