Dear Beach Volleyball Community

So far, we only knew a scenario like the current one from the fiction of various apocalypse movies. In reality, of course, none of us really have any idea how to deal with it. Only one thing unites us in this challenging time: the certainty that we have to put down everything that is not directly related to the elimination of the virus. A logical conclusion that, however, has a dramatic impact on all of us.

Experts are now predicting that the pandemic will peak in July and August. And that, in turn, means for us that currently, nobody can assume the responsibility to approach the implementation of the planned events with a clear conscience and with full conviction. After extensive discussions with the International Federation, our sponsors as well as partners and representatives from the cities of Vienna and Hamburg, we decided to cancel the two Major tournaments. And we can no longer contribute to the upgrade of the event in Gstaad.

We are sad to announce this decision. At the moment, we only have hope that the global crisis will soon subside and be under control. Then we will start the work to realize our events in 2021 with full energy and unwavering commitment.

My thanks go to everyone who has shared and supported our enthusiasm for beach volleyball over the past 25 years. I firmly believe that we will be able to provide proof of our subline again next year:

Goosebumps don't lie - See you @ the Beach!

Your Hannes Jagerhofer for the Beach Majors team
Founder of the Beach Volleyball Major Series

Vienna Major’s women’s quarter-finals set

02.08.2019 - Vienna, Austria

Teams from Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and the United States are in contention for the medals at the Danube Island

With five of the eight Round of 16 matches of the women’s tournament being decided in three sets, eight duos from six different nations advanced to the quarter-finals of the A1 Major Vienna presented by Swatch.

The second elimination round of the last Beach Major Series tournament of the season had a pair of national match-ups and Agatha Bednarczuk and Duda Lisboa came out on top of the Brazilian one as they downed Ana Patrícia Ramos and Rebecca Cavalcanti 21-19, 21-19. They will fight for a semi-final spot with Germans Laura Ludwig and Maggie Kozuch, who eliminated their compatriots Bárbara Seixas and Fernanda Berti with a 21-13, 29-27 triumph.

In the All-American duel, qualifiers Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman came from behind to defeat Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil 14-21, 21-16, 15-10. In the quarterfinals they’ll face Brazilians Carolina Salgado and Maria Elisa Antonelli, who also needed all three sets (21-16, 19-21, 15-9) to overcome the Netherlands’ Marleen van Iersel and Joy Stubbe.

World champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes eliminated the last Austrian team standing, the one of Lena Plesiutschnig and Katharina Schützenhöfer, with a 21-14, 21-16 win inside the Red Bull Beach Arena. The Canadians will now a play a rematch of the World Championships semi-final with Swiss Nina Betschart and Tanja Hüberli, who downed Poland’s Kinga Wojtasik and Katarzyna Kociolek 21-13, 21-18.

Reigning Vienna Major champions Marketa Slukova and Barbora Hermannová also are in contention after they upset world number ones April Ross and Alix Klineman of the United States 13-21, 21-19, 16-14. The Czechs will meet Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima for a spot in the semifinals as the Brazilians prevailed over China’s Fan Wang and Xinyi Xia 19-21, 21-16, 15-11.

The quarter-finals of the Vienna Major are set to happen on Friday while the semifinals and the medal matches are scheduled for Saturday, the last day of the women’s tournament.