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2018-07-30 09:39:00 CET

The women to watch this week

These are the teams you don't want to miss in the Vienna Major

World-class beach volleyball is set to land at the Danube Island once again, as the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch reunites the best teams in the world in the Austrian capital this week.

Picking which games to follow can be tricky and to help you on this task, here are your suggestions in the women's tournament:

Heather Bansley and Brandie Wilkerson (Canada)

The Canadians had not won any World Tour medals together until May. Now they have four, including a golden one won in Warsaw, all earned within the last two months. They won their first Beach Major Series medal a few weeks ago with the bronze in Gstaad and the good form that has propelled them to the top of the world ranking.

Bansley and Wilkerson are currently on top of the world rankingsBansley and Wilkerson are currently on top of the world rankings

Sanne Keizer and Madelein Meppelink (The Netherlands)

The Dutch veterans are less than ten days removed from their second European title, won in their home sand of the Hague. The continental triumph is unquestionably the highlight of their season so far, followed by a silver medal in the three-star event in Mersin, and it could just have brought the confidence the Olympians needed to ignite their partnership, which was formed in January.

The Dutch compete in Vienna fresh from their European Championship triumph (Photocredit: CEV)The Dutch compete in Vienna fresh from their European Championship triumph (Photocredit: CEV)

Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti (Brazil)

The Brazilians are hungry to compete in Vienna after they were forced to miss the Gstaad Major in July. And they have been solid every time they competed internationally in 2018, having won both the Fort Lauderdale Major and the four-star event in Huntington Beach. The top-seeded team for the Vienna Major, they have never been out of the top-10 this season and, with an extra week to prepare in comparison to their opponents, they could maintain their good form at the Danube Island and erase last year’s frustrating 17th-place finish in the World Championships.

The Brazilians are back after missing the Gstaad MajorThe Brazilians are back after missing the Gstaad Major

April Ross and Alix Klineman (USA)

It will be the first time for Klineman in Vienna and just her third Beach Major Series event, but the Austrian capital is a familiar place for her partner as Ross, won the silver medal at last year’s World Championships at the Danube Island. The A-Team had a brilliant start, winning in the Hague, but the 25th-place they got in Fort Lauderdale raised questions about it. However, a fifth-place in Gstaad showed the Americans should be counted among the best.

The Americans are looking forward to a  good result in a Beach Major Series eventThe Americans are looking forward to a good result in a Beach Major Series event

Katharina Schützenhöfer and Lena Plesiutschnig (Austria)

The Austrians played together for the first time in 2011, when they became the Under-20 European champions. Reunited on the World Tour this year, the pair are enjoying a good season, winning three World Tour medals (a gold in the Mersin three-star, and a silver and a bronze in the Baden and Sydney one-stars) in the last 12 months. The young Austrians will certainly have thousands of voices backing them every time they step on the court - and if they can take advantage of that, they could be dangerous opposition for any team.

The Austrian are having the best year of their careers in 2018The Austrian are having the best year of their careers in 2018

You can watch all the games of the Vienna Major live on BeachStream. Click here to register.

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