2017-07-08 17:29:00 CEST
Laboureur/Sude are the champions of the mountains
Chantal Laboureur and Julia Sude of Germany stormed to Gstaad Major success and denied Brazilians Larissa Franca Maestrini and Talita Da Rocha Antunes a third successive title.
The Europeans lost in the quarterfinals in 2016, but they made no mistake this year – securing gold and a USD 40,000 payday with a brilliant 21-18, 22-20 victory in front of a packed Center Court crowd.
Reigning champions Larissa and Talita were aiming to become the first team in history to win the same Swatch Major Series title on the spin. However, the South Americans were unable to live with their in-form opponents who have quickly established themselves as the number one team from Germany.
Chantal and Julia, who won bronze in the Fort Lauderdale Major earlier in the season, had never beaten Larissa and Talita in their four previous meetings – but it took the Germans just 39 minutes to change that statistic and lift the coveted golden cowbell, one of the most unique trophies in beach volleyball.
And the winner is 👉 Germany 🇩🇪 👏👌💪Great job, Laboureur/Sude 🇩🇪 vs Larissa/Talita 🇧🇷 - 21:18 / 22:20 #Gstaadmajor @FIVBBeach @TeamGER_Volley https://t.co/f06kZjNyQM
“We had never beaten them before, so to do it in this amazing tournament makes me so happy,” said 27-year-old Laboureur.
“I was so happy to see the final ball drop and for sure we’re going to enjoy this moment.”
Sude, 29, added: “Finally we’ve won a cowbell! I can’t believe we won the gold medal because it’s a very big success for us.”
Silver medalist Talita, 34, said: “It’s not the result we wanted but we’re still happy to have got to the final. We made too many mistakes and they played better than us.
“However, we can be happy to be the final again in such an amazing place.”