The Hamburg beach volleyball duo Victoria Bieneck / Isabel Schneider continues to cause a sensation in the first major tournament of the year in Fort Lauderdale and is in the semi-finals.

In the $ 600,000 World Tour Tournament Bieneck / Schneider defeated the top Brazilian team Agatha / Duda in the quarterfinals surprisingly 2-0 (21:16, 22:20).

“We have played a lot of games but I think we have improved in each one and I am very proud of the attitude we have shown in the field today,” said Schneider.

The round of the last four teams, however, have missed Margareta Kozuch and Karla Borger. The duo, which started as the official national team, defeated Brazil’s Taiana de Souza Lima / Carolina Horta Maximo 2-1 in a dramatic match (21:19, 23:25, 13:15).

The Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst take a break this year. Ludwig is expecting a baby, Walkenhorst is recovering from two surgeries. The four German men’s teams had failed to kick off the five-star tournament in the US in qualifying.

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