Eduarda Santos Lisboa is a Brazilian born volleyball and the most decorated youth beach volleyball player of all time.
Birthday: August 1st, 1998
Born: Aracaju, Brasil
Famous for: Sports, Volleyball
also known as Duda
Eduarda Santos Lisboa, nickname Duda, was born in Aracaju, Brazil. Aracaju is the capital of Sergipe state on Brazil’s northeast coast and is known for its beaches.
Lisboa is the daughter of former volleyball player Cida. Following the career of her mother closely led to her interest in beach volleyball at the age of 9. She was tall for her age, and smart and skillful, it was not long before she stood out. At age 12 she was enrolled by her mother to play a state stage in Aracaju. She finished fifth and her mother third.
Duda quickly become the most decorated youth beach volleyball player of all time having winning three under-19 and two under-21 world titles.
She competed in her first world championship at the age of thirteen along with colleague Drussyla Costa and finished fifth. In the following year Duda reached ninth place with partner Tainá Silva Bigi. She also won the silver medal at the junior world championship (including the under 21 events) at the World Cup Under-23. Duda managed to win the youth World Cup Under-19 in Porto in the same year.
Lisboa competed in the FIVB World Tour in December 2013 and at the Durban Open in South Africa she finished fifth with her partner Thais. With her under-23 partner Carol Máximo, Duda played on the 2014/2015 on the national tour and had two victories in the South American tour.
At the age of sixteen-year she won the gold medal, with Ana Patricia Silva, at the Olympic Youth Summer Games 2014 in Nanjing.
From 2015 to 2016 Duda played alongside Elize Secomandi Maia. She placed fifth in Lucerne and third at the Prague Open. In February 2016 Duda and Elize competed in the Maceió Open in their home country and reached fifth place . In the following month they were able to beat this result by reaching the semi-final at the Olsztyn Grand Slam in Poland.
In 2016, Duda and Ana Patricia were victorious at the Under-21 World Cup in Lucerne. Victoria also won the Under-19 World Cup in 2016.
In 2017, Duda and Ana Patricia successfully defended their U21 World Championship title in Nanjing .
In 2017 Duda played with world champion Ágatha Bednarczuk who was 15 years older than her . On the FIVB World Tour the two Brazilians had numerous medal placings. At the World Cup in Vienna, they defeated Czechoslovakians Hermannová / Sluková in the first round.
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HOW DID THE YOG HELP PREPARE YOU TO CONTINUE TO SUCCEED AND WIN MORE TOURNAMENTS?
“The YOG have helped a lot, most of all to get used to the atmosphere of big events like here at the World Championships. You get a little bit shocked at how much is going on, and the YOG helped me to grow up to this new world of senior sport. It was an important experience.”
WHAT IS IT LIKE PLAYING NOW WITH AGATHA, A MORE EXPERIENCED AND OLDER PLAYER WHO HAD SUCCESS AT RIO 2016?
“Agatha has a lot of experience and she is very helpful, most of all because I’m still at the beginning of my career. Not only when we’re winning, but also when we’re losing. After we lost in round one in Vienna, she told me, ‘You have to be patient and wait, it’s just your first World Championships. The world will not end – you just have to keep working hard.’ Agatha also helps me with life on and off the court. I’m really comfortable with her.”
WHAT WAS YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE LIKE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES RIO 2016 AND HOW MUCH FUN WAS IT?
“I had 10 days there and it was an incredible experience. I will never forget the quarter-final game between Alison [Cerutti] and Bruno [Schmidt] and the Americans [Paul Dalhausser and Nick Lucena]. There was such a vibe with this packed stadium of Brazilians cheering on their athletes.”
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO QUALIFY FOR AND MAKE THE BRAZILIAN TEAM FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES TOKYO 2020?
“It is just my first year with Agatha, and the big fight for the Olympic berths starts in a year or two, so there is still time to prepare. It is a big goal, and I want to do everything in my power to qualify for the Games. It will be tough with all the competition in Brazil.”
IF YOU MAKE IT TO TOKYO 2020 AS A COMPETITOR, HOW MIGHT YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE YOG NANJING 2014 HELP YOU?
“It will help a lot. I know from Nanjing what the Olympic atmosphere might be like, as it felt like an Olympic Games to me. It will help me to stay calm and not be afraid of being at an event like the Olympic Games.”