Four other world champions will try to win the tournament again in 2023. Bárbara’s partner in her 2015 title, Olympic medalist Ágatha Bednarczuk is in Pool C alongside partner Rebecca Cavalcanti. The two will face USA’s Kelly Cheng/Sara Hughes, Germany’s Sandra Ittlinger/Karla Borger and Mexico’s Esperanza Albarran/Yerai Vidaurrazaga in the opening round of the event.
The winners of the 2019 World Championship, Canadians Melissa Humana-Paredes and Sarah Pavan are back with new partners and in different pools. While Melissa and partner Brandie Wilkerson will battle Czechia’s Barbora Hermannová/Marie-Sara Štochlová, Paraguay’s Erika Bobadilla/Michelle Valiente and Morocco’s Imane Zeroual/Mahassine Siad in Pool D, Pavan and Molly McBain are in Pool H, where they will compete against the Netherlands’ Raisa Schoon/Katja Stam, Switzerland’s Esmée Böbner/Zoé Vergé-Dépré and Puerto Rico’s Allanis Navas/Maria Gonzalez.
Completing the list of world champions is Chinese star Chen Xue, a 2013 world champion, who alongside partner Xinyi Xia will play against USA’s Terese Cannon/Sarah Sponcil, Spain’s Daniela Álvarez/Tania Moreno and Mexico’s Susana Torres/Ivanna Rivera in Pool I.