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2017-08-04 13:22:00 CET

Big guns storm in to the semis

Olympic semifinal rematch set for Saturday

Laura and Kira are in the semifinals of the World Champs for the first timeLaura and Kira are in the semifinals of the World Champs for the first time

There was no stopping two of the contenders for the women’s world championship crown on Friday morning as Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst and Larissa Maestrini and Talita Antunes secured comfortable victories.

However, only one of them stands a chance of winning it: they meet each other in the last four later on Friday evening.

Olympic champions Ludwig/Walkenhorst are aiming to add to the world title to their list of achievements while Larissa/Talita are searching for their first world championship of their partnership.

Both teams needed just over half-an-hour on court to book their places in the last four, with Laura and Kira winning 21-15, 21-14 on the Red Bull Beach Arena court against America’s Brooke Sweat and Summer Ross. Their victory means they are now guaranteed to better their previous best finish of fifth in world champs history.

It was business as usual for Larissa and Talita on side court 2 as they eased past fellow Brazilians Maria Antonelli and Carolina Salgado in straight sets.

“I think we are playing good,” said Talita. “I can’t say that no one can stop us, but if we play good together and strong, it is hard for anyone to beat us. 

“When I play against Brazil we try to do something different because we know each other so well.  We play here on the FIVB Tour and on the Brazilian tour.  Today we did better than them.  Yesterday when we played Brazil, they served so well.  So today for us it was important to be careful about their serves.  I think we did our best.”

The duo will go head-to-head for a place in Saturday’s final with the Germans leading the head-to-head record 5-3, including the last two. However, Ludwig/Walkenhorst beat the Brazilians in the semifinals of the Olympics 12 months ago.

You’ll be able to watch all the drama of the semifinal live on BeachStream. Sign up and watch every game from the tournament absolutely free!

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