Olympic Champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst Victorious in Post-Surgery Debut

  0 Braden Keith | May 07th, 2017 | News


In spite of a small stumble on day 1 of the Munester Open, Olympic Champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst recovered on Sunday to win the title. This is their first tournament back playing as a pair since taking the triple European-Olympic-FIVB World Tour title last season – following Laura Ludwig’s off-season shoulder surgery.

The outcome of the women’s gold medal game was literally as close as it can be in the three-set beach volleyball format. Playing in the final against Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude, Ludwig/Walkenhorst won 2-1 (27-29, 19-21, 23-25).

The result is encouraging given that Laboureur/Sude are playing extremely well this season – they finished 3rd at the FIVB World Majors Series opener in Ft. Lauderdale in February.

“The closest game in our career,” the gold-medal pair posted on their joint Facebook page after the win. “A huge thanks to our whole team – we are exhausted, but have a wide grin on our faces.”

Hammer….Im engsten Spiel unserer Karriere gewinnen wir das Finale in Münster mit 2:1 gegen Juli und Chanti.Riesen…

Posted by Beachvolleyball-Olympiasieger Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst on Sunday, May 7, 2017

The win comes off a 2-week training camp in southern California, where they worked out with, among others, the Olympic bronze medalists Keri Walsh Jennings and April Ross.

The Walkenhorst family had plenty of reason to celebrate. Kira’s brother Alexander and his partner Sven Winter placed 3rd in the men’s draw.

That’s a men’s draw that was ultimately won by the top Dutch pair and 2016 Olympic bronze medalists Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen – a 2-set sweep over Harms/Bergnann (21-17, 21-13).

The tour continues at the end of the month in Nürnberg.

Sie stehen nicht ohne Grund an Platz vier der Weltrangliste! Herzlichen Glückwunsch an das Beachvolleybalteam Brouwer-Meeuwsenzur Goldmedaille des smart super cup Münster! Wir freuen uns, dass ihr dabei ward!Unsere Glückwünsche gehen natürlich auch an das Beachvolleyballteam Bergmann/Harms, ihr habt ein großartiges Turnier gespielt! Wenn man euch am Freitag gesagt hätte, dass ihr bei diesem Teilnehmerfeld Zweiter werdet, hättet ihr das vermutlich direkt so unterschrieben! Lasst den Kopf nicht hängen, ihr habt euch den zweiten Platz mehr als verdient! Und hier noch einmal der Matchball aus dem Finale der Herren:

Posted by Die Techniker Beach Tour on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Beachvolleyball-Olympiasieger Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst und Beachvolleyball-Team Laboureur/Sude: Danke für dieses Wahnsinns-Finale! Es war uns eine Ehre und ein großes Vergnügen, euch zuzuschauen! Der hochklassige Fight wurde beendet von Lauras Spezialität, hier noch einmal zum Genießen:

Posted by Die Techniker Beach Tour on Sunday, May 7, 2017

Medal Round Results

Men’s Tournament

  • GOLD – Meeuwsen/Brouwer (NED) def. Bergmann/Harms (GER) 2-0 (21-17, 21-13)
  • BRONZE – Walkenhorst/Winters (GER) def. Fuchs/Stadie (GER) 2-1 (17-21, 1, 21-19, 15-13)

Women’s Tournament

  • GOLD – Walkenhorst/Ludwig (GER) def. Laboureur/Sude (GER) 2-1 (29-27, 21-19, 25-23)
  • BRONZE – Borger/Kozuch (GER) def. Meppelink/van Gestel (NED) 2-0 (21-16, 21-14)



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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of VolleyMob.com. Braden's first foray into sports journalism came in 2010, when he launched a swimming website called The Swimmers' Circle. Two years later, he joined SwimSwam.com as a co-founder. Long huge fans of volleyball, when Braden and the SwimSwam partners sought an opportunity to …

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