Israel, Sweden complete Main Draw at Tuan Chau Open in Vietnam
Sara Malmstrom passes the ball to Fanny Lindstrom in the all-Sweden clash of the Tuan Chau HaLong Open 2018 qualifiers in Vietnam.
Fanny Lindstrom / Sara Malmstrom shut out Talar Kirkor / Anniken Radstrom 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) in an all-Sweden clash and Israel's Sofia Starikov / Noy Chorin knocked out Russia's Ekaterina Filina / Mariia Kontorskaia 2-0 (21-11, 21-13) in the only two matches of the quyalifiers.
The Main Draw at Tuan Chau begins Thursday with pool play matches scheduled to start from 08:30 local time (01:30 GMT). The single elimination bracket begins on Friday, with the semifinals and finals on Saturday.
The start of the Main Draw sees the top two seeds of the tournament - both from Japan - taking on local sides, as No. 1 Sayaka Mizoe / Suzuka Hashimoto lead the charge against Do Thi Hau / Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen. The Japanese pair are fresh from a silver medal at the two-star Phnom Penh event last week - their best finish together in an FIVB World Tour tournament. No. 2 seeds Yui Nagata / Minori Kumada, who were 5th last week in Cambodia, clash with Thi Ha Nhi Phan / T. Bichvi.
Both Vietnamese sides are making their FIVB World Tour debut this week.
Quick links - Beach volleyball:
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