Brazil denied Italy a second successive Beach Tennis World Team Championships title in Moscow today with victory in the final.
Joana Cortez and Rafaella Miiller beat Federica Bachetta and Giulia Gasparri 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in a tight but crucial opening contest.
Marcus Vinicius Ferreira and Thales Oliviera Santos then overcame Michele Cappelletti and Luca Carli 6-4, 6-4.
This opened up a decisive 2-0 margin of victory for the South Americans, with the third rubber consequently not played.
The six-day event is a mixed competition in which each team is comprised of two men and two women.
They usually played men’s doubles, women’s doubles and a mixed doubles match.
Hosts Russia beat France 3-0 to clinch bronze.
In the corresponding junior competition, Italy did take gold with a 3-0 win over France.
Brazil won 2-0 against Venezuela in the battle for bronze.