Japanese pairs lead Satun men's qualification
Japan's Takumi Takahashi digs the ball in the SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun 1-star qualification round
Takahashi/Ishijima and Ageba/Shiratori join the Japanese entries in the main draw, after winning both their matches in the qualification round.
Takahashi/Ishijima opened their campaign with a 2-0 (24-22, 21-14) win over Sweden’s Ludvig Simonsson/Linus Frantzich, then took on Australia’s Thomas Hodges/Marcus Ferguson for another straight-set 2-0 (21-19, 21-14) win.
Ageba/Shiratori eliminated their compatriots Hitoshi Murakami/Junki Hatabe 2-0 (21-17, 21-17) and ended the Kazakh pair Alexey Sidorenko/Alexandr Dyachenko’s hopes of moving on to the next round with a 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-12) win.
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Spain’s Raul Mesa/Christian Garcia and Austria’s Peter Eglseer/Alexander Huber showed great spirit to win both matches in the qualification round.
The Spaniards secured a spot in the main draw with a steady 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) win over Austria’s Florian Schnetzer/Daniel Mullner, while the remaining Austrian duo Peter Eglseer/Alexander Huber conquered the 2-1 (21-17, 17-21, 15-7) bout against Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Yakovlev/Sergey Bogatu.
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