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2018-07-12 14:51:00 CET

Reigning champs back on track

Sude and Laboureur bounce back after early setback and are back in the game

Sude and Laboureur advanced to the elimination round in GstaadSude and Laboureur advanced to the elimination round in Gstaad

An early setback wasn’t enough to knock Germans Julia Sude and Chantal Laboureur out of the Swatch Major Gstaad and the reigning champions in the Swiss Alps bounced back to remain alive in the tournament.

Julia and Chantal, who had lost to American qualifiers Emily Stockman and Kelley Larsen on Wednesday, came back stronger in the second day of the main draw and posted a 21-12, 21-18 victory over Poland’s Kinga Kolosinska and Katarzyna Kociolek to finish third on Pool G and advance to the elimination rounds.

With their confidence back, the Germans hope they can go all the way to the top in Gstaad, as they did last year.

“We had a bad start this year,” Julia acknowledged. “Last year we won all the pool matches 2-0 quite easily. But we’re still alive in the tournament and I think beach volleyball is about never giving up, especially for the women. We proved it a lot of times ourselves already. We still believe that we can go very far if we try to play our volleyball.”

The Germans are the most seasoned female team in the Beach Major Series as they are the only tandem to take part in every single event since the Series started in 2015 with the Poreč Major.

The list includes the 2017 edition of the World Championships, three World Tour Finals and 11 Major events. And could you guess what their favorite was so far?

“Gstaad, of course, and the cowbell,” Julia added. “It’s my all-time favorite because it’s close to my home and I had family there. I used to come here to watch the World Tour with my dad and I saw the cowbell I wanted to have it. So I was really happy to ring the cowbell, it’s my favorite trophy ever.”

The Germans will play on Friday’s Round of 24 and their opponents are yet to be determined.

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