Germany’s Ludwig/Walkenhorst Repeat as Swatch Beach World Champions

  0 Wendy Mayer | August 27th, 2017 | FIVB Majors Series, FIVB World Tour, News, Pro Beach


Defending champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany held onto their title for one more year after defeating No. 4 seed Agatha Bednarczuk and Eduarda ‘Duda’ Santos of Brazil in a three-set finals match.

Already with an Olympic gold medal, World Championship and World Tour title in hand since last August, the Germans added another Swatch Beach World Tour crown with a 21-17, 19-21, 15-10 victory.

It’s been crazy,” Walkenhorst said. “We knew that Laura’s shoulder injury would take some time to heal but when she came back then I was injured so it was a bit frustrating. But to now sit here and win the World Champs and now the World Tour Finals is really amazing. It gives us a lot of self-confidence and I think a big reason for that is the team we have behind us helping us.”

Despite their storied history, the Germans received the No. 10 seed and a wild card entry as Ludwig’s injury has limited the duo to just three international events in 2017.

Ludwig/Walkenhorst earned their spot in the final witha  21-15 21-14 win over Canada’s third-seeded pair, Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes.

Agatha/Duda got the gold medal match with a 21-12, 21-12 victory over countrywomen Larissa Franca/Talita Altunes, the tournament’s No. 1 seed.

“It’s a good thing to finish second in a tournament where only the best teams of the world are,” Bednarczuk noted. “It was a wonderful game. They played better than us and they deserved the gold medal. I feel that my blocking didn’t work as well and it could and even with Duda doing a great job on defense we couldn’t stop Kira. We need to try different strategies and see what works.”

The winners received $100,000 of the $800,000 event purse, while the runners-up scored a $75,000 prize.

In the bronze medal match, Larissa/Talita were victorious over Pavan/Humana-Paredes (21-17, 21-19).


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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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