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Baden, Austria - It was a sunny day in Austria. A perfect start for the CEV Baden Masters, which began with the Country Quota Playoffs for women, which were needed for two countries – Netherlands and Switzerland – to finally qualify Bloem/Kadijk and Goricanec/Hüberli to the qualification round on Thursday.
Braakman-Sinnema received a bye, so the first game of the tournament was the Dutch battle between Stiekema/Stubbe and Bloem/Kadijk. The opening set was very close, but Bloem/Kadijk managed to win it 21-18. In the second set, Stiekema/Stubbe fought back to overcome their opponents 21-16. Bloem/Kadijk had the better start in the decisive third set and got an early 6-2 lead. After a timeout, the young duo of Stiekema/Stubbe found their way back into the game.