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Ukolova & Birlova suprise 11th seeded Germans

Russia's Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Birlova surprised 11th seeded Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst in the first elimination round in Rotterdam on Wednesday. The recently reunited Russian girls needed only two sets: 21-16, 21-16.

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Ukolova: "We didn't put too much pressure on ourselves"

"We didn't put too much pressure on ourselves", Evgenia Ukolova said. "We just focussed on making one point after another as best as we could. That was our strategy."

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Russia out to upset higher ranked Germans

Russia's Evgenia Ukolova and Ekaterina Birlova have recently been reunited, after Birlova took some time off to give birth to a baby girl. The Russians are ranked 36th and face a tough opponent in 11th seeded Germany's Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst, who finished fourth at the Grand Slam in Stavanger a few weeks ago.

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Host city - Rotterdam - FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships The Netherlands 2015

Rotterdam - SS Rotterdam

Rotterdam is the second largest city of the Netherlands, with 600,000 inhabitants. The city is also home to the fourth largest port in the world.

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Daniel Apol

Nationality
United States
Birth Date
4/12/1972
Birth Place
GRAND RAPIDS, (MICH)
Beach International Referee Nominated
2007

Jose Maria Padron

Nationality
Spain
Birth Date
5/27/1972
Birth Place
Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Beach International Referee Nominated
2006
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