Defending champion Laura Ludwig started with her partner Margareta Kozuch with a victory in the home world championship of beach volleyball. The Hamburg duo beat on Friday in their adopted home Hamburg in the first group match the US team Kelley Larsen and Emily Stockman with 2: 0 (21:19, 21:15). In the stadium on Rothenbaum showed the 33-year-old Ludwig and her one year younger blocker Kozuch a lightning start, then sneaked still some mistakes. But at the end of the second sentence, both again demonstrated old sovereignty.
With this, Olympic champion Ludwig, who has formed a team with the 336-time international Halle international Kozuch since the start of her long-term partner Kira Walkenhorst’s career, will start the second match on Sunday evening against Brazilian top team Maria Antonelli / Carol with a new self-confidence a new wave of euphoria in Hamburg.
“Everyone around us would like to have a good finish and I want to see a development, but we are a bit far from the best in terms of quality,” said coach Jürgen Wagner, who brought Ludwig / Walkenhorst to the Olympics and World Cup , explained before the World Cup start.
Apart from Ludwig / Kozuch, only Chantal Laboureur and Sandra Ittlinger (Stuttgart / Berlin) won their first group match on the first World Cup day. Leonie Körtzinger and Sarah Schneider (Hamburg) as well as Philipp Arne Bergmann and Yannick Harms (Hamburg) as well as Victoria Bieneck and Isabel Schneider (Hamburg).