2017-08-02 12:41:00 CET
Austrian home favorites reach lucky loser round on Red Bull Beach Arena
Playing in front of your home fans on Red Bull Beach Arena in one thing, but when it comes to winning in front of them? Tobias Winter could barely put the feeling into words.
He and Robin Seidl ensured their FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by A1 journey isn’t coming to an end quite yet, reaching the lucky loser round after defeating South Africans Jamaine Naidoo and Leo Williams.
It was a match packed with drama too, the home favorites picking up their first win of the competition 21-17, 21-16, with their experience ensuring the Viennese crowd will be treated to at least one more match from this excited duo.
“The first two games were awesome, but now for us to get a win in front of such an amazing crowd is a wonderful feeling,” said Winter. “There were so many people in there cheering for us so to deliver for them is really special.
“It shows what the sport is capable of, the people love it. We see that in the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the Swatch Major Series – people want to be here and it’s great for them to celebrate with us.
“The experience got us over the line – we’ve played a few more matches than the South African guys, but luckily by the end my partner just took care of it.”
Even on a hot, Wednesday morning, the crowd poured into Red Bull Beach Arena for the first center court game of the day – one they certainly weren’t disappointed with.
They could even get a second chance to see Seidl/Winter today alone, with a lucky loser clash coming their way later on day six for a place in the last 32.
And in a tournament reaching far beyond their wildest dreams, Austria’s heroes cannot wait to do it all again for their vocal support.
Winter added: “We saw straight away from them that they (the South Africans) can crush the ball, but I think the main thing for us was that we played our game, we didn’t let them come and it worked out pretty well.
“I’m happy with how we played. This means a lot to us, Vienna is my home town and I’ve lived here for four or five years, so for people to come and to show their love for the sport is really great.
“It’s a huge event and it’s nice to be able to show what we are all about, it’s a great feeling when you are out there.”
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