Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Czech beach volleyball pair tame injury to deny favourites Seixas and Alves.
– The Czechs battled through a shoulder injury to Sluková to set up a final against the Brazilians Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves, who triumphed at Fort Lauderdale in March.
– Barbara and Fernanda looked on track for another Major Series gold in the early action after waltzing into a massive 10-point lead that they converted into a 21-10 first-set lead.
– Hermannová and Sluková, though, were not done and they launched into a stirring comeback in front of a packed crowd to go five points up en route to claiming the second 21-16.
– The Brazilians raced into an early lead in the third, only for the Czechs to dig deep and reel off a string of brilliant points to take the decider 15-12 and 40,000 USD cheque for first prize.
– Hermannová, 27, revealed: “I don’t believe it, we really wanted this trophy and it feels amazing. I must praise Maki because she went all tournament with pain on her shoulder. It was fantastic what she did. Sometimes it didn’t look like. She was fantastic.”
– Sluková, 30, added: “We really like to play here, the fans are amazing, and we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves here. We fought for them.”
– Dutch duo Madeleine Meppelink and Sanne Keizer took home bronze after an excellent 21-19, 21-18 victory over Brazil’s Carol Solberg Salgado and Maria Elisa Mendes Ticon Antonelli.