Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

2018-08-18 19:52:00 CEST

Brazilian semifinal set in Hamburg

Agatha and Duda come back and advance to play Carol and Maria Antonelli

Duda and Agatha have won four of their five matches in HamburgDuda and Agatha have won four of their five matches in Hamburg

For the second straight year, the the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals Hamburg 2018 presented by Vodafone will have an all-Brazilian semifinal in the women’s tournament as Agatha Bednarcuzk and Duda Lisboa are set to face Carolina Solberg and Maria Elisa Antonelli on Sunday, the last day of the tournament in the German harbour city.

While their opponents advanced directly to the semifinals after they topped Pool A, Agatha and Duda, the silver medalists of last year, had a longer route as they needed to play another three sets (12-21, 21-14, 15-9) win Germans Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude to qualify.

The game was a real test for the 20-year-old Duda, who had early struggles in the first set, but managed to come back strong after that. The day before, when the Brazilians had their only loss in Hamburg so far, to Australia’s Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy, the defender couldn’t get back to her best form after a rough start.

It was all fixed with an important call to Brazil.

“It was a learning experience for me,” she said after the game. “I was in the same situation of yesterday, but this time I could keep my mind clear and count on Agatha to help me. Last night I talked to our coaching staff and I thought it would be a good idea to call our psychologist. She helped me to keep positive and to understand how to get out of that situation and it’s amazing to see how differently I handled with it now.”

It’s the second consecutive semifinal appearance for the duo in Hamburg and the third for the 35-year-old Agatha, who claimed the silver medal in the 2016 Hamburg Major. To get to another final, the blocker and Duda will have to overcome a 3-2 negative record against Maria Antonelli and Carol.

“It’s my third year playing here in Hamburg and it’s amazing to be in the semifinals again,” the veteran said. “Tomorrow it will be a big fight. The Brazilians are great, they are playing very well and they got more time to rest than we do. We know each other very well and it will be about the details, but the most important thing is that it will be a great game.”

The Brazilian semifinal will be the second of the women’s tournament and is scheduled to 10am. One hour earlier, Artacho and Clancy will play Czech Republic’s Markéta Slukova and Barbora Hermannová. The gold medal match starts as 2pm.

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