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2018-08-04 14:29:00 CEST

Brazilians one step away from second gold

Barbara and Fernanda can add another title to their collection in Vienna

Fernanda and Barbara are in their second Beach Major Series final this seasonFernanda and Barbara are in their second Beach Major Series final this season

Playing in the Beach Major Series in 2018 has been a blast for Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti so far. The Brazilians, who won the Fort Lauderdale Major back in March, are on their way to take home another gold medal as they advanced to the final of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

Barbara, a Rio 2016 Olympic silver medalist, and Fernanda booked their places in their second gold medal match in a Beach Major Series event this season after they took down the European champions Madelein Meppelink and Sanne Keizer, of the Netherlands, who were undefeated in their last nine games, with a two-set victory (21-17, 23-21) in front of a packed Red Bull Beach Arena.

The duo missed the Swatch Major Gstaaad a couple of weeks ago but returned to the sand with a lot of fire to compete.

“We work very hard for these moments,” Fernanda said. “The energy in center court is just amazing and we have so much fun playing in front of these amazing fans. We just want to be out there in these amazing games and do our best.”

The last obstacle between the Brazilians and the elusive gold medal will be Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková, who advanced in the other semifinal. The Brazilians have a negative record against the Europeans, having won one of the three matches between them, but couldn’t have a better situation to make things even.

“They are a very tricky team,” Barbara added. “They are not super tall, but they play together for quite some time so they can come up with a lot of different moves, so we’ll need to keep our attention really high all the time.”

Watch the women’s gold medal match live on BeachStream at 5.15pm CEST.

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