19.07.2020 - Vienna, Austria
At the beginning of July, Joana Heidrich and Anouk Vergé-Dépré didn’t quite know what their 2020 season would look like. The Swiss Tour had just been canceled and with the World Tour not expected to have any big tournaments this year, it seemed they would spend the entire season training and playing in King of the Court style tournaments with their Swiss national team teammates in Bern.
A few days later, though, the German Tour announced its 2020 calendar and Joana and Anouk thought it could be a great opportunity for them to get some playing time under their belts. They got invited to play in the first tournament this weekend in Düsseldorf, but when they make the six-hour drive back home and prepare for a two-week vacation the Swiss stars will be taking more than just time on the sand with them as they won the tournament held in the West of their neighbor country.
Joana and Anouk played great beach volleyball over the weekend in Düsseldorf and won all of their four matches in the tournament, including triumphs over German top teams of Karla Borger/Julia Sude and Sandra Ittlinger/Chantal Laboureur, which both finished third.
In the final, they outplayed Rio 2016 Olympic champion Laura Ludwig and her partner Maggie Kozuch to secure an impressive 21-12-, 21-15 win.
The event in Düsseldorf had another prominent guest in German indoor star Louisa Lippmann, who replaced the injured Victoria Bieneck and joined forces with Isabel Schneider to finish seventh in her first beach tournament.
The weekend was also prolific to the teams of Christine Aulenbrock/Sandra Ferger, Leonie Klinke/Lena Ottens and Natascha Niemczyk/Lisa Kotzan, who finished in the top-three of the “Road to Timmendorfer Strand” tournament and secured their spots at the German Championships, which will happen from September 3-6.
Next weekend it will be the men to take the courts in Düsseldorf with the first event of the season. As it happened with the women, the top-eight teams will play in one tournament and the duos ranked from ninth to 16th will feature in a different one, with the top-three finishers qualifying to the German Championships.