2017-08-01 11:37:00 CET
Laboureur and Sude have been in top form so far to reach the knockout stages
Winning can be a habit in beach volleyball, and Chantal Laboureur has something very special with her to remind of the good times in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1.
Alongside partner Julia Sude, the German experienced victory in the Gstaad Major just last month – and her gold medal still sits proudly in her bag every step of the way in Vienna.
A lucky omen it may be, and it has certainly worked for the pair so far.
Laboureur/Sude are safely into the knockout stages after securing their third victory of the tournament, despite this being their first World Championships together.
They have yet to even drop a set in this assured display, but while they missed out on the Olympic Games in Rio last year, there is not a sense of making up for lost time.
“We don’t have the confidence in our mind every time, but it has helped us a lot in the past few weeks and I have the gold medal still with me,” said Laboureur.
“It reminds me of the victory and the amazing past few weeks we have had, we want to keep doing that and hopefully we can stay at that level.
“We have a good team, we trust the experts in the team that have got us to this level and we feel very comfortable at the moment, which is really good.
“At the beginning we were nervous, especially playing in the Red Bull Beach Arena with this big crowd in a huge tournament, but now we feel more and more comfortable."
Despite looking impressive so far, Sude and Laboureur are not convinced the scorelines are a true reflection on the difficult matches they have had.
The last of those came against Spanish 23rd seeds Elsa/Amaranta, easing to a 21-17 21-16 victory in their longest match of the tournament in 41 minutes.
But even with a near-perfect record, the Germans feel they need to reach another level if they are to keep progressing in Vienna.
Laboureur continued: “We have had to fight and focus on every ball, the games looked to have been very clear on the outside but on the inside we have had to fight, in the matches themselves and for each ball.
“It was not that easy, but for the next games we have to put a bit more pressure on the serve and make sure we make the most of the break chances.
“The wind is not so consistent, it changes a lot which doesn’t make things that easier but we were able to deal with that quite well.”
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