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Juliana and Maria Elisa start their new partnership with a victory

Juliana and Maria Elisa, rivals in the last Olympic cycle, showed their mettle after only ten days of training.
Fortaleza, Brazil, January 22, 2013 - Playing together for the first time, Juliana Felisberta da Silva/ Maria Elisa Antonelli have heightened expectations for their new partnership after winning the gold medal at the seventh stage of the Brazilian Beach Volleyball Tour in Ceara. The duo beat Angela and Neide in straight sets (21-19, 21-13) in the final to take the top spot on the podium.  

“The beginning of this year has been different. It is a new start. We have not been training together for long, but the energy we share is really good. We always got along outside court and that helps now we are together. The lack of time playing together will be the main obstacle in the beginning and it is important that we give our best on court for these last four tournaments of the Brazilian Tour,” said Maria Elisa prior to the tournament.
Her team-mate Juliana was pleased with the result. "We played very united, with one always helping the other. That was our great strength this tournament. It is really good to start a new journey with a win, but we know we still have a lot to work on to improve the team. I want to play and be happy with Maria, without a comparison with the previous partnership. Every time I play here in Fortaleza, I do my best to return the affection and care the people from Ceara give me, who welcomed me so well,” said Juliana.

In the contest for third place, Rebecca/Lili defeated Agatha and Barbara Seixas 2-0 (23-21, 21-19). "We could not play well in the semifinal, but we came back strong for the race for third place. It's our seventh tournament together and I'm glad to crown our work with a place on the podium. We want to maintain this level and this pattern of results to the end of the season," said Lili.

The eighth stage of the Circuito Banco do Brazil 2012/2013 will be played in João Pessoa, the only city in the country to be on the competition’s calendar in all its seasons, from February 22 to 24.

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