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2017-08-01 14:30:00 CEST

Top seeds: We can still be better

Larissa and Talita have blitzed their way to the knockout stages, but is there more still to come from the tournament favorites?

Larissa and Talita have been in devastating form so far on the Danube IslandLarissa and Talita have been in devastating form so far on the Danube Island

When it comes to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1, small margins can make all the difference between winning and losing.

And with temperatures in excess of 35 degrees Celsius in Vienna, Austria has become a home away from home for the Brazilians on the sand.

That has been particularly relevant for Larissa/Talita, the top seeds cruising into the knockout stages with a third straight win, this time over Germans Bieneck/Schneider.

Most importantly the pair have been forced into using minimal energy so far, defying the striking temperatures to ensure there will be no major shock just yet.

“We’ve found a way to play together. It’s hot, it’s not easy but we like it, you have to keep focus because it’s very easy to be tired quickly and to lose your mind,” said Talita.

“We’ve played later in the day previously, but I love playing when it is like this. The wind played its part for both teams, you have to change your game because if you do the same then it will not work.

“For the Brazilians, this weather is more normal for us than the other guys. We play almost all tournaments like this.

“I think we can still get better, we have played better today than yesterday and yesterday better than the day before, so I hope we can keep doing that tomorrow, too.”

Victorious in all four previous meetings against the German pair, it was little surprise Larissa and Talita kept up their perfect record in the Viennese heat.

What may have come as a surprise was the 21-16, 21-18 scoreline that was to come on Side Court 2, with half of the previous clashes going to three sets and the other going in a similar direction.

But with job done for Talita and 2009 world champion Larissa, the attention is only on what is to come instead of what has been.

Talita added: “Whenever we have played against them before it has gone to three sets, this one only went to two so this was better, it was a good win.

“The first step was to win the pool, which we have done, and now there is more to come. It is a long tournament but that’s a good thing, we’ve played better match by match and that is the most important thing.”

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