Chen Xue and Zhang Xi take the gold in Brasilia Open

The Chinese girls Chen Xue and Zhang Xi completed an amazing week in the best way possible to celebrate Zhang’s 27th birthday, winning the gold medal in the opening tournament of SWATCH World Tour 2012. The girls had to beat not only the Brazilian stars Talita and Maria Antonelli, who played some great volleyball throughout the week, but also the incredible crowd that supported the local heroes the whole time. To complete the FIVB Heroes podium, the Italians Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti repeated the result they achieved during the week and once again beat champions and big local stars Larissa and Juliana in a hard won match.

The Chinese girls will now be even more confident going into the next legs of the World Tour to be played in their home country, with the Sanya Open and two important Grand Slams in Shangai and Beijing. But it won’t be easy for them, with all other players looking forward to a rematch, and season just starting to heat up!