Toronto, Canada, September 17, 2016 - Rio Olympic champions Laura Ludwig and Kira Walkenhorst of Germany continued to come back from two pool play setbacks to win their third-straight match here Saturday morning by defeating defending SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals champions Talita Antunes and Larissa Franca of Brazil in a two-set semi-final match.
With their 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) win in 38 minutes over Talita and Larissa, Ludwig and Walkenhorst have now won five of six FIVB World Tour meetings with the Brazilians. Win No. 4 for the Germans in the series was in the semi-final match at the 2016 Rio "Summer" Games. The lone win for Talita and Larissa in the series was a gold medal victory last October at the 2015 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals in the United States on Fort Lauderdale Beach in south Florida.