Japan dominate Tuan Chau Open with three teams in top four
Japan's Sayaka Mizoe duels on the net with Nai-Han Kou of Chinese Taipei in pool play action at the Tuan Chau HaLong Open 2018 in Vietnam, as she and teammate Suzuka Hashimoto pave the way to the semifnals.
Top seeds Sayaka Mizoe / Suzuka Hashimoto edged Denmark's Maria Elisabeth Tyndeskov / Line Trans Hansen 2-0 (21-17, 25-23) in the quarterfinals, while second-seeded Yui Nagata / Minori Kumada enjoyed a comfortable evening in overwhelming the other Danish side of Helle Sondergard / Simone Marie Okholm Hansen 2-0 (21-10, 21-11).
The third Japanese side, 12th-seeded Yukako Suzuki / Kaho Sakaguchi were taken all the way by Vietnam Wild Card Thi Thanh Tram Nguyen / Nguyen Thi Mai, but eventually knocked out the home side 2-1 (21-19, 18-21, 15-6).
But No. 5 seeds Starikov / Chorin eliminated third-seeded Sara Olivova / Karolina Rehackova of the Czech Republic 2-0 (21-13, 21-16) in the only upset of the quarterfinals.
The Tuan Chau wraps up on Saturday with the semifinals and finals. All matches will be streamed live on the FIVB YouTube Channel.
Quick links - Beach volleyball:
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour - Tuan Chau
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