Do not think that Russians Armen Tsaturyan and Svetlana Gudyno had dropped their guard or didn't dance well in yesterday's Latin Showdown in Shanghai. They were the pre-event favourites for the win for a reason and on the basis of their results in the entire 2017 Series plus - most recently - in the World Latin. They did not have to succumb to the Germans Marius-Andrei Balan - Khrystyna Moshenska in any competition since their fourth-place finish in the 2016 GrandSlam Stuttgart.
A look at the results in the first two rounds of the 2017 GrandSlam Latin Final confirms: the Russians would have won both, narrowly but won. They dropped different dances to their opponents throughout, but they managed to win the Jive almost "comfortably" - if four decimals can be called that- in the first two rounds. But they lost it in the final! Lots to be analysed when the Vimeo on Demand programme comes out: