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Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 10:04pm

Fort Lauderdale - Not long now

With the first tournament in Fort Lauderdale only a month away I thought it was time to start the ball rolling!

The current entry list can be found here:
http://worldtour.2017.fivb.com/en/wfla20…ntriesbycountry

And it has also just been announced today that Walkenhorst's partner to replace the injured Laura Ludwig is Julia Grossner. It will be interesting how Kira steps up to the position as team leader.
http://www.ndr.de/sport/mehr_sport/Beach…eyball1388.html


You may have missed the news that April Ross has now come out of retirement and is back with her old partner Kerri Walsh Jennings, and are also planning on competing at Fort Lauderdale
http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2016/12/19…walsh-jennings/

Not long now folks!

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Wednesday, January 4th 2017, 11:40pm

And it has also just been announced today that Walkenhorst's partner to replace the injured Laura Ludwig is Julia Grossner. It will be interesting how Kira steps up to the position as team leader.
http://www.ndr.de/sport/mehr_sport/Beach…eyball1388.html



Julia is a good player. Experience on highest level may lack a bit but she has been around for a while and i would not be surprised if she does well alongside Kira. I was actually wondering why team Grossner/Bieneck split. They had some decent results last year and i actually thought they could do well this year. It will be interesting too if we already see Borger/Kozuch in Fort Lauderdale.....
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Thursday, January 5th 2017, 8:54am

Looks pretty unpredictable and exciting with so many new pairs from everywhere. But it's also nice to see the ones who still stick together (like for example Lili and Elsa from Spain). I guess, Nadja Glenzke would be the "regular" new partner of Grossner, at least they have a team-page on facebook. With Holtwick/Semmler retired and Borger/Kozuch as a "work in progress", i would maybe expect Laboureur/Sude as the strongest german team until Laura Ludwig has recovered? :)

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Thursday, January 5th 2017, 11:04am

Looks pretty unpredictable and exciting with so many new pairs from everywhere.
It does indeed. Can't wait to see who rises to the top.
I guess, Nadja Glenzke would be the "regular" new partner of Grossner, at least they have a team-page on facebook
That's interesting. It was only a couple of days ago on Facebook when they talked about their partnership together. Just a few days later and they become (temporary) court rivals.



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Thursday, January 5th 2017, 12:17pm

I guess, Nadja Glenzke would be the "regular" new partner of Grossner, at least they have a team-page on facebook


http://www.beach-volleyball.de/top-sport…neues-team.html
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Friday, January 6th 2017, 11:59am

Quoted from "pamphleteer"
I guess, Nadja Glenzke would be the "regular" new partner of Grossner, at least they have a team-page on facebook


http://www.beach-volleyball.de/top-sport…neues-team.html
So Laura managed to split a new team pairing before their first match. Impressive!

Kira has already said that the partnership will only be for one match though. It's in the penultimate question of this article.
Source (English): http://www.ludwig-walkenhorst.com/2017-0…-unique-moment/
(Source (German): http://www.ruhrnachrichten.de/sport/topartikel/Serie-Sportler-2016-Kira...


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Friday, February 3rd 2017, 10:40pm

Interview with college beach volleyball star Sara Hughes: http://www.flovolleyball.tv/article/5143…es#.WJNuRbYrKb8

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Thursday, February 9th 2017, 6:23pm

Has anyone got any thoughts on the opening 3 days at Fort Lauderdale?

The Swatch website is really good this year. Live and on demand matches from all the courts, audio interviews, full match statistics. Very impressive.

Once we get out of pool play we'll be able to see the cream of this years partnerships start rising to the top. Can't wait. :)
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Thursday, February 9th 2017, 9:17pm

The Swatch website is really good this year. Live and on demand matches from all the courts, audio interviews, full match statistics. Very impressive.

I found it out today, worked perfectly! And it's absolutely immediate to use :)

About the competition, I'm so sorry that Italy doesn't have a decent couple anymore ;(

Have someone watched Kozuch playing? How is she on the sand? ^^

This post has been edited 1 times, last edit by "Kk15" (Feb 9th 2017, 9:32pm)


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Friday, February 10th 2017, 5:07am

Flier and VanIersel lost their 3 matches and are eliminated.

Walkenhorst and Grossner won 2 lost 1. Qualified for the round of 16.

Borger and Kozuch won 1 and lost 2. Qualified for the round of 16.

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Sunday, February 12th 2017, 4:01pm

Borger and Kozuch won 1 and lost 2. Qualified for the round of 16.
They qualified to the round of 24 and lost, so they didn't avance to the round of 16.

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Sunday, February 12th 2017, 4:29pm

Borger and Kozuch won 1 and lost 2. Qualified for the round of 16.
They qualified to the round of 24 and lost, so they didn't avance to the round of 16.
Yes, I`m sorry I was thinking it was round of 16.

Brazil dominated the men`s side winning Gold ( Alvoro/Saymon) and Silver (Evandro/Andre) while Larissa and Talita are in the final and waiting for the winners of BRA (Agata/Duda) vs GER (Laboureur/Sude)

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Monday, February 13th 2017, 4:58pm

Brazil dominated the men`s side

And Brazil dominated the women's side!

Hopefully Germany, USA and perhaps a few other countries will be able to raise their game over the next few months.....

Some of the partnerships like Agatha/Duda still need a bit more time to get to know each other, and Ludwig/Walkenhorst still haven't shown their hand for this season yet...

Still, a very enjoyable tournament and it's good to get the season underway so early in the year.
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