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2017-07-29 19:27:00 CEST

Sisters in tears after World Champs epic

Austrians mighty close to huge upset on Red Bull Beach Arena

A packed Red Bull Beach Arena witness the Austrians tussle with the BraziliansA packed Red Bull Beach Arena witness the Austrians tussle with the Brazilians

There were tears backstage as sisters Teresa and Nadine Strauss embraced after an emotional rollercoaster of a match on the Red Bull Beach Arena sand.

The siblings were due to play together until a shoulder injury ended Nadine’s chances of representing her country.

But Teresa and new partner Katharina Holzer came oh-so close to causing one of the biggest upsets in World Champs history against Brazilian superstars Larissa/Talita.

The duo lost the first set to the South Americans but took the second in sensational style to the delight of the packed Red Bull Beach Arena crowd.

And although the Austrians lost the deciding set, the team were still delighted to have taken a set off a team of Larissa and Talita’s quality.

“I’m speechless,” said Teresa afterwards. “The crowd was amazing. We’re learning a lot to play against the best.”

Katharina added: “To win a set against Larissa/Talita is unbelievable! We went into the game just wanting to play our best. Even though we lost, the crowd and that second set, I can’t describe the feeling.

“We’ve shown what we can do against the number one team in the world so we’ll see how we do in our remaining two matches.”

Afterwards, Nadine put the questions to her sister in the mixed zone. See the tweet below – and remember you can watch all of today’s action back on BeachStream! Enjoy!

Swatch Major Series on Twitter

@LarissaeTalita @redbull The sisters sat down afterwards to talk about the match afterwards in the mixed zone! 😀 #WorldChampsVienna https://t.co/ERfxMFnGBk

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