Olympic gold medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst will vie to become the first European women’s team to claim the top spot at FIVB Beach Worlds on Saturday, but they will have to get through Americans April Ross and Lauren Fendrick first.
April Ross and Lauren Fendrick (above) defeated Canada’s Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson (above) to snag a semifinal spot.
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Defending Olympic gold medalists Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst are one of four teams on to the semifinals at the Beach World Championships.
The competition is now down to eight teams: two American, two Brazilian, two Canadian and two German. The Brazilian pairs will face off in the quarterfinals, while the rest of the groupings are split up.
#2 seeded Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude take down Finland’s Riikka Lehtonen and Taru Lahti-Liukkonen 2-0, (21-17, 21-19). The win moves the German team to the quarterfinals while the Finnish pair is eliminated.
Canadian’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes oust 2015 champion Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves in a dominant two-set showing.
Czechs Barbora Hermannova and Marketa Slukova took out No. 3 seed Agatha/Duda of Brazil. Three American teams and three Brazilian duos advanced to the Round of 16.
Sixteen spots in the Round of 32 were decided as eight pool winners were crowned and eight second place teams moved on on Day 4 of the FIVB Beach Championships. Two Brazilian teams claimed pool titles.
Canadian’s Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes top China’s Fan Wang/Yuan Yue to finish 3-0 in Pool G, advancing to the Round of 32 that will begin on August 2.