2019-05-13 10:52:00 CET

The big beach volleyball recap

There were plenty of top players in action this weekend at a host of tournaments - and here's what happened...

It was a busy weekend on the sand as a host of tournaments around the world saw teams heading to Hamburg for this year’s World Championships in action.

What went down? This is what went down…

A Russian one-two in Tuan Chau

In the one-star FIVB event in Vietnam, Russian pair Ksenia Dabizha and Daria Rudykh won gold, beating compatriots Alexandra Moiseeva and Ekaterina Syrtseva 21-16, 21-16 in the final. It was only the second time in FIVB history two Russian women’s teams had reached the gold medal match.

The bronze medal went to Yui Nagata and Yukako Sukuzi of Japan after the number one seeds had been Romanian qualifiers Ioana-Alexandra Ordean and Beata Vaida 21-19, 21-17.

Borger/Sude win gold in Münster

The first German national tour tournament went the way of Karla Borger and Julia Sude and David and Bennet Poniewaz in Münster.

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Number one seeds and World Championship-bound Borger/Sude were comfortable winners, going through the tournament without dropping a set before beating Stefanie Hüttermann and Anna Hoja 21-16, 21-11 in the final.

Kim Behrens and Cinja Tillmann, who also booked their spot at the Rotenbaum last week, won the bronze medal.

Poniewaz brothers David and Bennet beat Alex Walkenhorst and Sven Winter in the men’s final 21-15, 21-12 to win gold. Jonathan Erdmann and Max Betzien took bronze. Top seeds Yannick Harms and Philipp-Arne Bergmann fell at the quarter-final stage.

Familiar faces triumph (again) at Asian Championships

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Two FIVB World Ranking high-flyers took the honors at the Asian Championships as Ahmed Tijan and Cherif Younousse and Taliqua Clancy and Mariafe Artacho Del Solar won gold at the Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in China.

Both teams, who qualified successfully for the World Championships in Hamburg via their world ranking, successfully defended their titles from last year.

Qataris Ahmed/Cherif made it back-to-back titles by beating Chinese top seeds Gao Peng and Li Yang 21-13, 21-18 in the gold medal match.

For Australians Taliqua and Mariafe, it was their third straight Asian Championship win. The pair also defeated a team from hosts China, Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi, winning 32-30, 21-15.

And finally…

In North America, two Cuban teams who are heading to Hamburg were also celebrating by taking the NORCECA Beach Tour stop on home sand in Varadero.

Sergio Gonzalez and Luis Reyes took the men’s gold medal, beating Denis Lopez and Ruben Mora of Nicaragua in the final, while the women’s gold went the way of Malien Deliz and Leila Martinez.

The week ahead

The big guns come out to play in Itapema, Brazil, for a double-gender four-star showdown, which kicks off on Wednesday (June 15-19). Also on the FIVB World Tour calendar a two-star event takes place in Aydin, Turkey (16-19).

Elsewhere, the German tour heads to Düsseldorf (17-19), Geneva hosts the first Swiss tour stop of the season (16-19), while American’s best will battle it out in Austin (17-19).

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