2018-08-16 21:45:00 CET
The Czechs had another three-set victory to end their first day in Hamburg on a high
Czech Republic’s Markéta Sluková and Barbora Hermannová are one of just three undefeated teams after the conclusion of the second day of the women’s tournament in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals Hamburg 2018 presented by Vodafone as the winners of the Vienna Major triumphed in both of their matches at the Rotherbaum on Thursday.
The Czech, which were the last team to debut among all 20 competing in Hamburg, had a productive first day, which was ended with a comeback 20-22, 21-13, 15-12 victory over Germans Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider at the Red Bull Beach Arena, their second three-set triumph in just six hours.
“It looks like we are trying to keep it exciting as we played a couple of three-setters today against really tough teams,” Markéta joked. “We were losing in the beginning and kind of came back in the end of the first set, but it wasn't enough to close it. We came up stronger in the second and the third. It’s a very important victory.”
The Czechs, who were fifth in Hamburg last year, will play their third match in the German harbour city on Friday against Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes in the morning. If they win against the Canadians, who lost their first two matches in the tournament, they will be guaranteed in the elimination round.
“I expect nothing less than a big fight,” Barbora explained. “We didn’t play the Canadians yet this season and we are really looking forward to it. We’ll try to sleep well after this exciting day and prepare well, get the strategy our staff will prepare for us and let’s see what happens.”
Bieneck and Schneider will also play the Canadians in an evening match that could seal their destinies in the tournament.
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