2017-08-03 17:50:00 CEST
They love the World Championships - but just how far can the Qatar team go in Austria?
And if it continues to take them all the way to the final weekend of a World Championships, Jefferson Santos Pereira and Cherif Younousse won’t exactly be complaining.
The pair were the surprise package when finishing fifth in the Netherlands two years ago, and with the way their Viennese journey is going so far, you wouldn’t bet against them repeating the job.
A place under the radar seems to be the perfect spot for them so far, reaching the last-16 in confident style with a straight sets win over Poland’s Kacper Kujawiak and Mariusz Prudel – dropping just one set in their four victories to date.
“We’re really happy to play in the big competitions,” said Jefferson. “I don’t know why but we always like to play in the big tournaments.
“We focus in with the big crowd, it’s really good. Sometimes we just enjoy the matches, having fun playing beach volleyball.
“I never played against this team so I wanted to see how we would play against them. We made some mistakes but it was normal just to see how could play against them. We knew that was going to be the case.”
While they arrived in Vienna as the 23rd seeds, the stars from Qatar have shown themselves to be anything but a side to take lightly.
That’s a challenge that could fall the way of Doppler/Horst on Red Bull Beach Arena, though the Austrians have a tough task of their own to get beyond America’s Brunner/Patterson later on the main stage.
And while that task is one set to excite Jefferson and Cherif, their main task at hand for now and the rest of the tournament is to let their own beach volleyball do the talking.
“It was good to finish in two sets because it was really hot to play another set and now we can rest for tomorrow,” Jefferson added.
“I don’t want to expect anything, just to play and see what it’s like. Let’s see what is the best we can do.
“We are two powerful players so this is dangerous. We are a dangerous team and we can beat anybody. We focus to play our best and then we can beat anybody.”
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