Hamburg, Germany, July 1, 2019 - Eight of the 24 men's and women's pools at the $1-million FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships presented by comdirect and ALDI Nord will be decided here Monday in the final round of matches for two men's and six women's groups.
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With the four men's and four women's teams from beach volleyball power Brazil undefeated with 14-straight wins during the first three days of competition, the South American country could wrap up titles in two of the six women's pools led by fourth-seeded Rebecca Cavalcanti/Ana Patricia Silva and sixth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk/Eduarda "Duda" Lisboa.
The third-ranked team on the FIVB World Tour behind No. 1 Agatha/Duda and No. 2 Mariafe Artacho/Taliqua Clancy of Australia, Rebecca and Ana Patricia can become the first group winners on Monday as the Brazilians meet Pool D's other unbeaten team of 21st-seeded Elsa Baquerizo/Liliana Fernandez of Spain at 1 p.m. (local time).
Liliana Fernandez of Spain
Agatha and Duda, who are seeking their second-straight gold medal in Hamburg after winning the 2018 FIVB World Tour Finals, can captur Pool F by defeating 19th-seeded Fan Wang/Xinyi Xia of China at 4 p.m.
In women’s pools with two teams tied at 2-0 match marks, top-seeded Sandra Ittlinger/Chantal Laboureur of Germany will play 24th-seeded Marta Menegatti/Viktoria Orsi Toth of Italy for the Pool A crown at 8:30 p.m. while fifth-seeded Alix Klineman/April Ross of the United States will be challenged by 20th-seeded Karla Borger/Julia Sude of Germany for the Pool E title at 7 p.m.
In one of the men's pools to be decided on Monday, 2017 World Championship silver medal winners and 20th-seeded Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst of Austria meet third-seeded Viacheslav Krasilnikov/Oleg Stoyanovskiy of Russia for the Pool C title at 5 p.m.
Latvia's Tina Graudina (left) and Anastasija Kravcenoka celebrate
Two of the women's and one of the men's pools have sole leaders. Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia lead Pool B with a 2-0 mark as do Joy Stubbe/Marleen van Iersel in Pool G. On the men's side, Cherif Samba/Ahmed Tijan of Qatar are the sole leaders in Pool D.