World Tour 2014

  • CBV decided to change the rules to reach an agreement with players. From now onwards, players are able to choose their own partners. The staff won't bother them at this anymore. Nevertheless, the staff will take the pairs they want to the World Tour. No rank will decide like till London 2012 but staff, according to their own thinking.
    This is what was already happening on the male's side, in an informal way though. It's not the best option in my book, but we can say that's better than past rule. I can see a progress here. :win:

  • Fuzhou Open (23-27 April)
    Final 1st place
    Juliana/Antonelli [BRA] 0-2 Walsh/Ross [USA] (11-21, 18-21)
    Final 3rd place
    Maria Clara/Carol [BRA] 0-2 Xue-X. Y. Xia [CHN] (19-21, 18-21)


    Ranking
    1. Walsh/Ross [USA] - 500 points - $11,000
    2. Juliana/Antonelli [BRA] - 450 points - $8,000
    3. Xue-X. Y. Xia [CHN] - 400 points - $6,000


    I wasn't following the tournament to comment upon it.
    There's only 2 things I'd like to point out.
    Firstly, the great comeback of Walsh. I think this pair has still a lot to pick up and I'm glad to see them back to this season pulling off a win in the first World Tour competition.
    Lastly, the second place to Juliana's pair. It's just the first tournament she takes after a long time away and she's grabbing a second. :super:


    Does anybody know what's going on in Italy regarding Cicolari's case?

  • Larissa is planning a comeback. She wants to team up with Talita. In my opinion, she's trying to find a mate similar to Juliana, a solid blocker most specially.
    According to several newspapers, a big ask is hanging over CBV. What about Taiana? She nailed the World Tour past seaon. Is that fair?
    We'll have to wait for further informations. It's going to take a while.


    Congratulations to Laura and Kira for the big win in Shangai! :cup:
    Laura is one of the most respectable players in the Tour. Happy for her! :drink:

  • According to globo.com, the beach volleyball system created by CBV just after the Olympics was imploded. The system was sponsored by the government. The contract signed is over and it seems that won't be renewed.
    It means that, after all, we are back to square one. The pairs and everything will work like it was until London.


    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. :aww:

  • Berlin smart Grand Slam, Germany


    17-22 June


    Semifinals:


    Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) - Wang Fan-Yue Y. (CHN) 2-0 (21-15, 21-17)
    Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) - Borger-Büthe (GER) 2-0 (21-15, 21-17)



    Bronze medal match:


    Borger-Büthe (GER) - Wang Fan-Yue Y. (CHN) 2-0 (21-10, 21-19)



    Final:


    Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) - Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) 1-2 (14-21, 21-18, 12-15)



    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WBER2014&Phase=2


    After winning their "home tournament" (Prague Open) a few weeks ago, Kolocova-Slukova now won their first Grand Slam tournament ^^ .


    Congrats :flower:

  • Stavanger Grand Slam, Norway


    24-28 June



    Semifinals:


    Meppelink-Van Iersel (NED) - Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) 1-2 (21-17, 17-21, 12-15)


    Ross-Walsh (USA) - Dubovcova-Nestarcova (SVK) 2-1 (21-14, 17-21, 15-10)



    Bronze medal match:


    Dubovcova-Nestarcova (SVK) - Meppelink-Van Iersel (NED) 2-1(21-19, 16-21, 15-12)



    Final:


    Ross-Walsh (USA) - Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) 2-0 (21-12, 21-15)



    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WSTA2014&Phase=2



    Congrats to April Ross and Kerri Walsh :flower: Nice results also for Liliana-Baquerizo (for the first time in a Grand Slam Final) and Dubovcova-Nestarcova (for the first time on a podium on the World Tour). :thumbup:

  • Gstaad Grand Slam, Switzerland


    08-13 July



    Semifinals:


    Holtwick-Semmler (GER) - Juliana-Antonelli (BRA) 2-0 (22-20, 27-25)


    Borger-Büthe (GER) - Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) 2-1 (21-18, 21-23, 15-11)



    Bronze medal match:


    Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) - Juliana-Antonelli (BRA) 2-0 (27-25, 21-19)



    Final:


    Borger-Büthe (GER) - Holtwick-Semmler (GER) 0-2 (22-24, 16-21)



    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WGST2014&Phase=2




    First Grand Slam gold for Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler ^^ . Well deserved. Congrats :flower: .

  • The Hague Transavia Grand Slam, Netherlands


    15-20 July



    Semifinals:


    Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) - Lima-Fernanda (BRA) 0-2 (14-21, 11-21)


    Holtwick-Semmler (GER) - Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) 2-1 (21-18, 16-21, 17-15)



    Bronze medal match:


    Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) - Kolocova-Slukova (CZE) 2-0 (21-13, 21-14)



    Final:


    Holtwick-Semmler (GER) - Lima-Fernanda (BRA) 1-2 (16-21, 21-16, 12-15)


    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WHAG2014&Phase=2



    Great win for Taiana Lima and Fernanda Alves. Considering it was only the 2nd tournament for them playing together as a new team, that's VERY impressive :super:
    Congrats :flower:

  • ASICS WORLD SERIES OF BEACH VOLLEYBALL Long Beach Grand Slam, USA


    22-27 July



    Semifinals:


    Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) - Agatha-Seixas (BRA) 0-2 (19-21, 16-21)
    Walsh-Ross (USA) - Dubovcova-Nestarcova (SVK) 2-0 (21-14, 21-16)



    Bronze medal match:


    Dubovcova-Nestarcova (SVK) - Liliana-Baquerizo (ESP) 2-1 (21-19, 12-21, 15-13)



    Final:


    Walsh-Ross (USA) - Agatha-Seixas (BRA) 2-0 (21-17, 21-17)




    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WLOB2014&Phase=2




    "Home" win for April Ross and Kerri Walsh. It's their 3rd Grand Slam gold this year :super:. Congrats :flower: .

  • Klagenfurt A1 Grand Slam, Austria


    29 July - 02 August



    Semifinals:


    Agatha-Seixas (BRA) - Larissa-Talita (BRA) 0-2 (19-21, 18-21)
    Menegatti-Orsi Toth (ITA) - Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) 0-2 (8-21, 18-21)



    Bronze medal match:


    Menegatti-Orsi Toth (ITA) - Agatha-Seixas (BRA) 0-2 (18-21, 18-21)



    Final:


    Antonelli-Juliana (BRA) - Larissa-Talita (BRA) 0-2 (20-22, 19-21)



    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WKLA2014&Phase=2



    First win for Larissa and Talita playing together as a new team :thumbup:. All-Brazilian podium in Klagenfurt :super: . Congrats to all :flower: .

  • God, Brazilian teams came at it. They're all out for this. An emotional outburst in the final. Juliana v Larissa and Talita v Maria Elisa. :box:


    Congratulations to all! They've blown me away. Unexpected outcome.

  • Stare Jablonki Grand Slam, Poland


    19-23 August



    Semifinals:


    Lima-Fernanda (BRA) - Ludwig-Sude (GER) 0-2 (26-28, 19-21)
    Holtwick-Semmler (GER) - Larissa-Talita (BRA) 0-2 (17-21, 12-21)



    Bronze medal match:


    Holtwick-Semmler (GER) - Lima-Fernanda (BRA) 2-0 (21-17, 21-16)



    Final:


    Larissa-Talita (BRA) - Ludwig-Sude (GER) 2-1 (21-14, 19-21, 16-14)



    http://www.fivb.org/EN/BeachVo…ournCode=WSTJ2014&Phase=2


    2nd Grand Slam gold medal in a row for Larissa and Talita. Congrats :flower: . Very nice result also for Laura Ludwig and Julia Sude :thumbup: .