Clearly, they have a love affair with the Stade Pierre de Coubertin and even more so now they call Paris home.
“We know them pretty well and we knew it would be a tough match. We tried to focus all the time and I think it brought us the win today,” said Gabriela. “This is one of our favourite tournaments. We love the crowd; they support us a lot.”
“It’s like our second home here, so we just want to do our best in front of everybody,” added Stefani. “Last year we were runners-up but we need to not think about this and just take it match by match and enjoy being on court.”
It’s been a tough year for the Bulgarians after the pair went through a disagreement with their federation back in April. Just 12 months back they were among the Top 8 women’s doubles pairs and qualified for the HSBC BWF World Tour Finals 2018.
But with a summer of disappointment behind them, they’re focused on finishing the year off well. “We missed a few tournaments but we’re back and trying our best and hope to win every match we play.”
It was back to reality for the Koreans who were without answers against the world No.4 pair.
They Said It
Palermo was understandably disappointed.
“Every loss sucks, but this sucks even more. We want to do much better at home. We knew we could do well here. We knew we could beat them but it just wasn’t enough.”
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