Women's German Grand Slam 2003
Berlin, 24 - 28 June

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Women's German Grand Slam
Berlin, Germany June 24-28 2003

Ana Paula - Sandra Pires Triumph in Grand Slam
Berlin, Germany, June 28, 2003 – Brazil’s Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires Tavares fought back from match point down in the final of the Berlin Grand Slam on Saturday before going on to claim the gold medal in the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event with a thrilling victory over America’s Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs. The Brazilians lost a close first set 20-22 but kept alive their chances by saving match point at 21-22 down in a marathon second set, which they finally won 29-27. They secured the title, their second from three events on the 2003 World Tour, with a 15-13 victory in the tiebreak. It was match packed with superb skills and drama and as the gracious Ana Paula mentioned after claiming her share of the US$45,000 winner's check, there was very little between the teams.
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Pic: Sandra Pires (front) and Ana Paula celebrate their victory

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  First Place:
Ana Paula-Sandra Pires BRA

  Second place:
McPeak-Youngs USA           

  Third place:
Adriana Behar-Shelda (BRA)


 Ana Paula Connelly wins the
 'Speedo Most Valuable Player Award'



Ana Paula Connelly received the
'SWATCH-Fastest Service Award'
for the semifinals and finals with a time of 69 kmh