Duda/Ana Patrícia and André/George in the Beach Volleyball World Cup semis



Duda and Ana Patrícia celebrate victory over Canadians (Photo; Disclosure/FIVB)

Duda/Ana Patrícia and André/George qualified for the semifinals of the Beach Volleyball World Championship, held in Rome, Italy. On the morning of this Friday (17), they defeated Canadians Pavan/Melissa, current world champions by 2 to 0 (24/22 and 21/14), while they beat compatriots Bruno Schmidt/Saymon, by the same score (21). /17 and 23/21). The other two Brazilian duos in the quarterfinals will play this Friday afternoon.

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Duda/Ana Patrícia had a great game against the Canadians Sarah Pavan/Melissa Humana-Paredes, who are the current world champions. The opponents had already left two Brazilian pairs along the way in this World CupTaiana/Hegê in the first stage of the knockout stage and Talita/Rebecca in the round of 16, and Duda/Ana Patrícia were responsible for avenging their compatriots.

Gold medalists at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Duda/Ana Patrícia, will face Swiss Heidrich/Vergé-Depré in the semifinals, a duo that won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. The Europeans passed the Americans Hughes/Kolisnke 2-0 (21/17 and 21/18) in the quarterfinals.

Duda/Ana Patrícia faced Heidrich/Vergé-Depré two weeks ago, in the Elite 16 of Jurmala, the last stage of the circuit before this World Championship. At the time, the Brazilians were victorious in 2 sets to 1 (21/9, 17/21 and 15/10). The World Cup semi-final will take place this Saturday (18), with a time yet to be determined.

André/George beat Bruno Schmidt/Saymon

Among the men, in which the four Brazilian duos reached the quarterfinals alive, two of them faced each other this morning. In one game, André/George beat compatriots Bruno Schmidt/Saymon by 2 sets to 0 (21/17 and 23/21). André/George dominated most of the time, although Bruno Schmidt/Saymon reacted at the end of the second set.

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Now, André/George will be able to face another Brazilian duo in the semifinals. Alison/Guto face off against reigning Olympic champions Mol/Sorum from Norway for a place in the next round. The game will take place this Friday afternoon (17), at 2 pm, Brasília time. On the other side of the bracket, Renato/Vitor Felipe will play against the Estonians Nolvak/Tiisaar at 16h.

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