Smeding and Samoilov was "planted" on the stage of the world Cup in the Hague for the second number, plavins and REGZA — 15-m. In the preliminary stage, they are in the same group, and in internal dispute turned out to be stronger Samoilov / Smeding— 2-1 (13:21, 21:17, 15:10).
Leading Latvian pair of first place in the group advanced to the second round of the playoffs (two wins in two matches), but plavins and REGZA from second place fell in the first round of the playoffs, where they beat the Canadians Michael Plantinga and Grant O ' Gorman (13th) — 2-0 (21:18, 21:15).
In 1/8 finals Samoilov and Medinis lost to Italians Paolo Nicolai and Daniele Lupo (11th) — 0-2 (18:21, 18:21), while plavins and REGZA lost to the Austrians Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst— 0-2 (12:21, 19:21).
In this tournament, which takes place under the roof, is being tested a new format for the preliminary round, where each team plays two games (instead of the usual three). In the first round meet between the first and fourth duets, and the second against the third. In the second round winners play each other and determine the group winner receiving a ticket to the second round of the playoffs. Two more teams go in the first round of the playoffs, and the loser both in this match finish the show.