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

2018-08-19 11:57:00 CEST

Agatha ready for Hamburg gold

After claiming silver in the last two seasons, the Brazilian is one victory away from the top

Agatha will play her third straight gold medal match in HamburgAgatha will play her third straight gold medal match in Hamburg

Playing in the gold medal match in Hamburg has become a sweet routine for Agatha Bednarczuk, one that the Brazilian Olympic medalist is ready to repeat it for the third straight season at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Finals presented by Vodafone. This time, however, she hopes it ends slightly differently.

After losing the finals in 2016 and 2017 to German Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst – first with former teammate Barbara Seixas, in the Hamburg Major, and later with current partner Duda Lisboa, in the World Tour Finals - the 35-year-old blocker is looking for gold this time.

“Winning silver medals here in the last two year was great, but I want the gold now,” Agatha said. “I’m really confident we can make it. It’s funny because last year I think our way to the final was somehow lighter while this year we had to win tough matches since the start here. And just having gone through some struggles and playing well, it just makes me feel we’re better prepared for it.”

Agatha and Duda had the upper hand in the all-Brazilian semifinal against Maria Elisa Antonelli and Carolina Solberg, winning in two sets (31-29, 21-18). In the gold medal match, they will return to the Red Bull Beach Arena to face Czech Republic’s Makéta Sluková and Barbora Hermannová, who topped the podium in the Vienna Major two weeks ago.

“It’s the last tournament in the season and just to be playing in the last day and in the last match means a lot for us,” the veteran added. “It was a tough semifinal match for us, with a 31-29 in the first set against a very good Brazilian team. Now we have to change our focus, rest and prepare well, because the Czechs will be very tough opponents.”

The Brazilians hold a 2-1 advantage over the Czechs and curiously both times they won it happened at the Rotherbaum – the first on last year’s World Tour Finals and the most recent on their last pool play match this season, on Saturday.

“After a game like that, there will certainly be some adjustments from both sides and we need to be focused to figure out what they could do differently,” Duda explained. “We’ll talk to our coaching staff and I’m sure they will have them mapped out for us. It should be little changes, but they could make the difference.”

The World Tour Finals’ gold medal match is schedule for 2pm (CEST). At 12.30pm, Maria Antonelli and Carolina will face Australians Mariafe Artacho and Taliqua Clancy in the bronze medal match.

What a close match that was! @bara.maki.beach are in the #HamburgFinals Women's Gold Medal Match 🇨🇿 Watch it live on BeachStream [link in bio] @vodafone_de @redbull @hamburg_de

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