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Beach volleyball trophy slips out of Laciga brothers' hands

Switzerland's Laciga brothers have missed the chance to carry off the Berlin Beach Volleyball Open trophy, narrowly losing in Sunday's final to the Australian duo Zahner/Prosser.

Paul and Martin Laciga had enjoyed a clear run to the final, decisively winning every one of their matches. Their semi-final tie was an all Swiss affair, as the brothers fought off a valiant challenge from their compatriots, Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel.

But the final, played on a specially erected sand court on Berlin's Alexanderplatz, proved too much for the Fribourg pair, as they went down 21-18, 26-28, 20-22.

Defeat in Berlin means the Swiss pair have now lost out in the finals of the last three legs of the beach volleyball world tour.

The Laciga brothers already hold the 1998 and 2000 World Titles and came fifth in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

The Berlin tournament is the latest leg on the world tour, which now moves on to Stavanger, Norway, from 4th to 8th July.

swissinfo with agencies


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