The Final showcased the best of Brazilian women’s beach volleyball present and future as Larissa and Talita beat their fellow countrywomen Agatha and Eduarda “Duda” 21-15; 21-18
Six days of heated competition is now in the books as the Swatch Beach Volleyball Fort Lauderdale Major came to a close with a Women’s Final that delighted the Brazilian-heavy capacity crowd as well as viewers around the globe who watched the match live on NBC. For a second straight day it was a pair of Brazilian teams that took home gold and silver on Fort Lauderdale Beach as Larissa and Talita defeated Agatha and rising star, 18-year-old Eduarda “Duda” in two sets. Saymon Barbosa and Álvaro Filho beat Evandro Oliveira and Andre Loyola yesterday in another all-Brazilian final for the men’s title.
The road to Gold did not look like it was going to be easy for No. 2 seeded veterans when they dropped their first match of the tournament to the Dutch duo of Stubbe/Sinnema in Pool Play. Though that may have been the wakeup call they needed as the highly decorated Brazilian pair went on a run of six straight victories without dropping a set the rest of the tournament.
After the match Larissa let the crowd know it wasn’t easy, but that Fort Lauderdale now has special meaning for her since she won the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals here in 2015 and today picked up her 60th total career title.“It was a very tough match and difficult to play against another Brazilian team we’re so familiar with, but the crowd was great,” said Larissa. “The people of Fort Lauderdale love their beach volleyball and they made it memorable for me.”
Earlier in the day, the semifinal matches determined the final as well as the bronze medal match between Americans Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross who took on the German pair of Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur. Ultimately it was the German women who powered past the last American pair that remained in the tournament (21-14; 21-14).
Thousands of fans flocked to Fort Lauderdale Beach throughout the week to attend the season opener for the Swatch Majors Series, which boasted a roster of Olympians and legends in the sport like the USA’s Kerri Walsh Jennings and Phil Dalhausser, and current defending Olympic Gold Medalists from Brazil Bruno Schmidt and Alison Cerutti.
The next Swatch Major Series stop will kick off on June 27 June in Poreč (CRO), before traveling to Gstaad (SUI). Then competition will head to Vienna (AUT) for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. Following Vienna, the Swatch Major Series continues onto Hamburg (GER), and a location TBA for the Swatch FIVB World Tour Finals. Teams looking to challenge Brazil’s dominance in the Swatch Major Series will have several months to train, compete and get into mid-season form before threatening the Brazilian men and women’s status as clear leaders in the sport.
Final Ranking Fort Lauderdale Major Women
1. BRA – Larissa/Talita Antunes
2. BRA – Agatha/Eduarda
3. GER – Laboureur/Sude
4. USA – Sweat/Ross S.
1. BRA – Álvaro Filho/Saymon Barbosa
2. BRA – Evandro/Andre Loyola
3. USA – Lucena/Dalhausser
4. USA – Hyden/DohertyAbout Swatch Beach Volleyball Major Series
Since 2015, the Swatch Major Series has showcased the best athletes in the world of beach volleyball. A joint venture between Red Bull and Hannes Jagerhofer and supported by the FIVB, the series has rapidly expanded to become one of beach volleyball’s pinnacle events. In 2017, the stars will again dig, dive, serve, and spike their way to victory in a number of fantastic tournaments around the world.