2017-07-01 18:24:00 CEST
A new name will be crowned Poreč Major champions tonight
Ladies and gentleman – get ready for your first final of the 2017 Poreč Major!
And there will be a new name added to the illustrious list of Swatch Major Series winners as Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes of Canada and the Czech Republic’s Barbora Hermannová and Marketa Sluková go head-to-head for gold.
For Pavan, who we spoke to on Friday, she will be all out to try and win that elusive Poreč Major gold after winning silver two seasons running with former partner Heather Bansley.
The Canadians are in their second final this season having already won silver at the Rio four-star event in May.
In the semifinal Pavan and Humana-Paredes played some stunning beach volleyball to see off the challenge of Brazilians Barbara Seixas and Fernanda Alves, winning 21-16, 21-11 in 39 minutes.
Sarah said afterwards: “I think we executed the game plan very well. We served well and got them in trouble and Mel was digging everything they were attacking – she did an awesome job. We were consistent and efficient.
“In the past couple of years it was a couple of bad plays at the wrong time that cost us. But I’m confident, we’re playing well and if we can maintain our consistency we’ll be okay.”
For the Czechs, who starred in our Divine Set photoshoot before the tournament, they secured their first final together on the Swatch Major Series with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Switzerland’s Hüberli/Betschart.
After taking the first set 22-20, Barbora and Marketa struggled to gain a stranglehold in the second set as the Swiss stormed to a 21-12 lead. However, it was different in the decider as the Czechs ran out 15-10 winners.
The battle for gold takes place on the Red Bull Beach Arena at 10.05pm CET tonight. The last time the two teams met came back in the Rio tournament in May – a game that the Canadians won the semifinals.
Watch all of the final live on our BeachStream channel – and if you missed any of the action you can see it again on our on-demand service.
See you later, ladies!
Divine set stars Sluková Hermannová are in the final - 🇨🇿 VS 🇨🇦 10:05PM https://t.co/hqkkrXyqhU https://t.co/ftlxKfOx3a
Thank you from the heart!
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