After a seven-year hiatus, Brazil regained the women’s beach volleyball world title, courtesy of Duda and Ana Patrícia. The Brazilian duo beat the Canadians Bokovec and Brandie by 2 sets to 0, with partials of 21/17 and 21/19, in a match played this Sunday, in Rome.
The last time Brazil were champions was in 2015, with Ágatha and Bárbara, in the Netherlands. With this, Duda and Ana Patrícia confirm the correct phase, which comes from the time of the base, when they were twice World Under-21 Champions and won the Youth Olympic Games.
They also renew Brazil’s expectations, especially after the country lost a medal for the first time at the Olympics, in the dispute in Tokyo last year. “I always wanted this title, just like I want the Olympic title. It is the crowning achievement of all the work that has been done, of our history and of the path we have traveled,” said Ana Patrícia.
In the first set, Brazil set a good pace and gave the Canadians no chance. With good attacks from Duda and Ana Patrícia in the block, the Brazilian team opened 12-7 and only had to manage the advantage to confirm victory.
The second set was more balanced and the Canadian team looked set to make life difficult for the Brazilians as they scored 17-16. But a timeout was crucial to calm Duda and Ana Patrícia down. Calmer, they showed a lot of confidence, managed to turn the duel to 21 against 19, with important points blocked by Ana Patrícia, and confirmed the title.
“We dream of this moment, I always thought about it before falling asleep. I am very happy and speechless, we had all the support of family, friends, technical staff and Praia Clube”, said said Duda.
The male duo was not so lucky. Vitor Felipe and Renato didn’t have a good day and ended up being beaten by Norwegians Mol and Sorum, who had already won the gold medal at the last Olympics.
Faced with the “big” Norwegians, the Brazilians suffered from the blockade and could not outline a reaction to the rival duo. In the first set, Vitor Felipe and Renato even had good times, but lost 21-15.
In the second set, the Brazilian duo was quick to score. It only remained for the Norwegians to keep up the pace to hold Vitor Felipe and Renato and confirm the favoritism.
In addition to the second place, Brazil also won the bronze medal in the world, with the duo formed by André and George, who beat the Americans Schalk and Bunner by two sets to one, with partials of 15/21, 21/17 and 11/15.
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