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2017-08-03 12:53:00 CET

Julia expecting tough quarterfinal

Germans looking ahead to last-eight after Finland win

Julia and Chantal celebrate during their win on the Red Bull Beach ArenaJulia and Chantal celebrate during their win on the Red Bull Beach Arena

A victorious Julia Sude is looking forward to a huge quarterfinal clash against Canadians Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes after she and Chantal Laboureur booked their spot in the last eight.

The German duo were in scintillating form on the Red Bull Beach Arena to see off the challenge of Finland’s Taru Lahti and Riika Lehtonen, winning 21-17, 21-19.

Following Pavan and Humana-Paredes’ victory, the two in-form teams will go head-to-head in what promises to be a match fit for the biggest beach volleyball event outside of the Olympics.

And although Sude and Laboureur have beaten the Canadians this season, blocker Sude is taking nothing for granted.

“They have been playing stable all season, they have been reaching the podium a lot recently – winning in Poreč,” said the 29-year-ol.d. “Sarah is much bigger than me at the end so it will be really difficult so I will need to jump higher and get my timing right.

“We beat them in Moscow but that was at the start of the season so we will prepare again. We’ll watch the videos and see what they’ve changed and see what we can do better.”

The defeat for the Finns meant a ninth place finish on the world stage – something that left Riika with mixed emotions.

“We were there with them in the second set,” she said. “We had the lead for a few points but at times they were just a bit better than us. There’s a fine line in beach volleyball.

“However, we played against Chantal and Julia in Poreč and we were no where near. We weren’t even close. So this was better and this makes us happy.

“They are a great team and they will go far.”

You can watch this game back on the video on demand section of the BeachStream channel – as well as what promises to be a huge quarterfinal game between Canada and Germany on Friday. Don’t miss it – sign-up here!

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