Futami and Hasegawa win tie-break thriller in Tokyo
Azusa Futami and Akiko Hasegawa celebrate their 2-1 win over Thailand's Varapatsorn Radarong and Thanarattha Udomchavee in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Tokyo 3-star
Futami and Hasegawa bounced back from their setback in the second set with a two-point edge in the thrilling tie-break set 2-1 (22-20, 20-22, 17-15).
“There were things that did not go well since we started the competition, but we kept a strong mind to win,” Futami said. “We showed our fighting spirit in this match.”
“Our condition is getting better in each match,” Hasegawa said. “We played with a lot of aggressiveness. We had a strong will to win and that translated to victory.”
Earlier, the Japanese pair recorded a 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) victory against Canada’s Julie Gordon and Sophie Bukovec in pool play.
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Three more Japanese pairs delivered strong performances to move to the next round.
Chiyo Suzuki and Reika Murakami defeated USA’s Amanda Dowdy and Irene Pollock 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-13), then Megumi Murakami and Miki Ishii trounced compatriots Yukako Suzuki and Kaho Sakaguchi 2-1 (19-21, 21-11, 15-5), while Yui Nagata and Minori Kumada finished their match against Norway’s Viktoria Faye Kjolberg and Ane Guro Tveit Hjortland 2-0 (22-20, 21-16).
In other matches, Thailand’s Rumpaipruet Numwong and Khanittha Hongpak outplayed China’s Wang Xinxin and Zeng Jinjin 2-0 (23-21, 21-17), while Spain’s Angela Lobato and Amaranta Fernandez and Norway’s Ingrid Lunde and Oda Johanne Ulveseth defeated their Japanese counterparts.
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