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Juliana/Antonelli confirmed as Women’s World Tour winners

It is the seventh title for Juliana Felisberta Da Silva (left) with compatriot Shelda Bede the only person to win as many World Tour crowns
Lausanne, Switzerland, November 12, 2014 – Juliana Felisberta Da Silva and Maria Antonelli have been named FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour 2014 women’s champions with one event remaining.

With nearest rivals Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas not competing at the Parana Open two weeks ago and just one Open tournament left following the cancellation of the Vizag Open, the duo can now not be caught in the rankings and as a result have been crowned 2014 champions.

It is the first season the tandem have played together and although they claimed just one gold medal in their 14 tournaments as a team – at the Xiamen Open in China – their consistency has seen them finish with the season’s top prize following silver medals at the Klagenfurt and Berlin Grand Slams and a bronze at The Hague Grand Slam.

It is the seventh Tour title for Juliana in just nine years and the latest crown also sees her draw level with compatriot Shelda Bede as joint-highest World Tour title winners. The 31-year-old found much success with Larissa França, winning six Tour titles as well as gold at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships 2011 in Rome and bronze at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The pair also won team of the year from 2005-2007 and again from 2009-2012.

It is a first title for Antonelli having had previous stints with Agatha and 2013 World Tour winner Talita Antunes. The 30-year-old has been on the beach volleyball circuit since 2007 and has come close to winning the Tour title before, finishing second with Talita Antunes in 2009 and 2010 behind Juliana and Larissa.

However there is everything to play for in the men’s Tour ranking when the Mangaung Open begins in South Africa on December 9. Three teams are still in contention to take the 2014 title with just 470 points separating them.


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