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Armen Tsaturyan - Svetlana Gudyno, RUS

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:

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