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2018-08-18 13:26:00 CEST

Agatha and Duda in after tough battle

The Brazilians are through the elimination round in Hamburg

Duda and Agatha will wait for the definition of their poolDuda and Agatha will wait for the definition of their pool

Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa returned to the Rotherbaum for their fourth match in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals Hamburg 2018 presented by Vodafone ready for war. After enduring a setback the day before, the Brazilians needed to win to avoid any early elimination risks. And they did it.

The silver medalists of the 2017 edition of the tournament were faced with Czech Republic’s Markéta Sluková and Barbora Hermannová, the winners of the Vienna Major, who were also in risk.

With both teams in need of a victory to remain alive, the Brazilians came up on top after a genuine three-set (16-21, 21-19, 15-13) battle and booked their places in the elimination round.

“We knew they’d be tough to beat,” Duda commented. “We did a good job on recovering from a bad day and focused a lot on this game. We had a good lead on the second set, but Hermannova had a great serving run and we had to come back stronger in the third set. It was an awesome game.”

The ability to bounce back after a tough defeat was what got the Brazilians through. As Agatha confessed after the game, they didn’t know exactly which results combination they would need, but one thing was clear – they wanted to win.

“We actually entered the match not knowing what the exact situation was for us, but our motivation was very, very high,” the Rio 2016 silver medalist reflected. “We had lost to Australia yesterday and we didn’t play well and that left a really bad taste in our mouths. I’m glad we brought it to the court and played very well.”

Pool B’s schedule will be concluded with a game involving Australia’s Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy and Germany’s Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider. As the Brazilians, the Australians are guaranteed in the elimination round.

If they win, they will advance to the semifinals and eliminate Canada’s Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes. If they lose, Agatha/Duda tops the pool and Sluková/Hermannová is out.

What a close one this was! Watch every #HamburgFinals match live and again on demand on BeachStream [link in bio] @timeagathaeduda @bara.maki.beach @vodafone_de @hamburg_de @redbull

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