Hermannová and Sluková stun Brazilians for first Major Series title

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Czech beach volleyball pair tame injury to deny favourites Seixas and Alves.

Czech Republic pair Barbora Hermannová and Markéta Sluková staged a thrilling comeback to win their first Beach Volleyball Major Series title in Vienna. Here is all you need to know:

– 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.

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