Juliana and Larissa still on course for first ever world title, at Rome 2011
Juliana (left) and Larissa work hard together to make it through to the women's final at the FIVB Swatch World Championships Rome 2011 powered by smart.
Rome, Italy, June 18 – Women’s number one seeds Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca remain on course for their first ever world title after advancing to Sunday’s final at the FIVB Swatch World Championships Rome 2011 powered by smart.
The Brazilians have trophy cases bulging with titles, but are still searching for a World Championships gold medal to go with silvers from 2005 and 2009 and a bronze from 2007.
“Tomorrow I really have to put my heart into it,” Juliana said. “I think there will be difficult moments, but we need to maintain our concentration and keep our eyes open to everything.
“We will have to play with our hearts and forget about problems when they occur. We will need to think ‘I’ve come, I’ve trained, I have confidence and I’m here’.”
Juliana and Larissa beat surprise semifinalists Hana Klapalova and Lenka Hajeckova of the Czech Republic 21-14, 21-13 to reach the final.
In the final at Foro Italico’s centre court the pair were set to meet the winners of the match between three-time champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh and dangerous Chinese duo Chen Xue and Xi Zhang.
“I am expecting a tough match tomorrow with the Chinese or Misty and Kerri because there is a beautiful history between us,” Juliana said. “I am especially happy today because Larissa and I played consistently the whole match.
“Throughout the match I was really confident as was Larissa and we’re happy with that and I think that is the secret for tomorrow.”
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