The beach volleyball players Karla Borger and Julia Sude crowned their surprising triumph at the World Tour final in Cagliari by winning the tournament. The Hessian duo was happy about the success.

Karla Borger from Heppenheim and Julia Sude from Giessen celebrated their third win against the Canadian world champions Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes in the final for the prize money of 150,000 euros on Sunday with a 2-0 (21:13, 23:21) absolute top team within a week. “We tried not to think too much. Just keep coming back to the next point,” said Borger.

One coup after the next

Sude added: “It was a huge honor for us that we qualified for the World Tour final. And now we’re standing here in the sand with the trophy in our hands. Unbelievable.” The triumph against the North American women, who are five two places higher in the world rankings, meant the golden end of a series of real coups for the German champions of 2019 in Sardinia.

On the way to the final, Borger and Sude first threw the Brazilian world number one Agatha and Duda 2-1 (21:16, 24:26, 15:11) out of the competition in the quarter-finals and then competed for a place in the final the Russian world number three Nadezhda Makrogussowa and Swetlana Cholomina also reciprocated in three sets (21:13, 20:22, 15:11) for their defeat in the preliminary round.

Series of defeats against Pavan and Humana-Paredes ended

In the round of the top eight, the second place in the German Championship, who originally ended their season after their qualifying round at the Olympic Games last summer, only moved into third place in the group. Borger and Sude had already shown themselves to be a favorite scare for the first time in the preliminary round with their 2-1 success against the Olympic champions Alix Klinema and April Ross from the USA and showed their strong form.

By winning the final after the fourth match point, the only German participants also ended their series of defeats against Pavan and Humana-Paredes. After their success at the World Tour tournament in Cancun, Mexico, Borger and Sude had to admit defeat in all five other duels. The last time the Hessians had to acknowledge the bitterest defeat in Tokyo.

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