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2017-07-29 08:00:00 CET

Don’t miss these matches on day 2!

Our expert picks five mustn’t miss matches on Saturday at the Danube Island

Larissa/Talita make their long-awaited first appearance at the Danube Island on SaturdayLarissa/Talita make their long-awaited first appearance at the Danube Island on Saturday

The FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 finally got underway in style on Friday – and a whole host of stars are looking to make their mark on the competition.

World champions and debutants alike face off on opposite sides of the net, while tournament favorites and local heroes also take to the stage for the second day of action.

Once again, a bumper 28 matches take place across three courts, but we’ve picked out five you shouldn’t miss!

Who? Agatha/Duda v Makokha/Too

When? 10am

Where? Side Court 3

Why? Saturday marks a ground-breaking day for Kenya, competing in the World Championships for the very first time as Gaudencia Makokha and Naomie Too take to the court.

They could hardly have picked a more exciting match to start off with too, facing off against defending world champion Agatha Bednarczuk and her partner for the competition Eduarda Santos Lisboa.

Pressure is likely to be on the shoulders of Agatha with her title up for grabs, while Duda arrives in Vienna as a World Championships debut – a partnership that is set to excite.

But when it comes to excitement, look no further than Makokha and Too – playing not only their first World Championships, but any competition together as a pair.

How they handle the pressure or embrace the experience could be the key tale of the whole pool stage?

Who? Nivaldo Diaz/Sergio Gonzalez v Dressler/Kunert

When? 1pm

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

Why? Two exciting teams seeded just one space apart, this clash on the Red Bull Beach Arena is set to go all the way.

If that wasn’t enough, there’s plenty of interest for home fans as Thomas Kunert and Christopher Dressler make their World Championships debut in the heart of Vienna.

In Sergio Reynaldo Gonzalez Bayard and Diaz Gomez Nivaldo Nadir, Cuba’s most exciting pair will take to the sand, still on the crest of a wave since finishing fifth in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

They have taken that form into 2017, punching above their seeding in every competition since.

Who? Laboureur/Sude v Gorda Galindo/Andrea Galindo

When? 2pm

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

Why? One of few competitions the German pair have yet to dominate, 2017 could be the World Championships Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude take by storm.

Laboureur and Sude finished 17th together two years ago, though more is expected of them this time around – keen to impress in the early pool stages.

Their campaign gets underway against the Colombian sisters Andrea and Claudia Galindo, the first team to ever represent their country in this competition.

They may go in as underdogs and 47th seeds but the pair will be desperate to impress, with a chance to play on a stage unlike anything else they’ve seen in the Red Bull Beach Arena.

 

Who? Larissa/Talita v Strauss/Holzer

When? 5pm     

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

Why? Four Austrian pairs hit the center court on day two, but the biggest cheer could come in the last encounter when Katherina Holzer and Teresa Strauss get their tournament started.

They’ll have their work cut out against favorites and previous medalists Larissa França Maestrini and Talita Da Rocha Antunes, but if there is anything beach volleyball fans love, it is shouting for the underdog.

The quartet have never played each other before, but who will be able to handle the pressure best when it comes to playing in the arena?

Who? Lucena/Dalhausser v Hyden/Doherty

When? 6pm

Where? Red Bull Beach Arena

Why? Once the Austrians are done for the day, fans won’t be wanting to leave their seats with a bumper clash in the penultimate game of the evening.

It comes in the shape of an all-American affair, as Pool C rivals Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena do battle with Ryan Doherty and John Hyden.

As higher seeds and Beijing Olympic gold medalists, pressure will be on Dalhausser and Lucena to deliver against a pair who are playing their first World Championships as a duo.

The 22nd seeds are not to be discounted however, both boasting experience at this level, while the previous meeting went all the way in the Fort Lauderdale Major.

Remember all of these matches will be live on BeachStream so sign-up to watch all the action free of charge!

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