Lithuanians, Japanese, Austrians off to easy start at Jinjiang


Japan's Yoshiumi Hasegawa and partner Keisuke Shimizu cruised to an easy victory to reach the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2-star

Jinjiang, China, May 31, 2018 – Lithuania’s Robert Juchnevic/Artur Vasiljev, Japan’s Yoshiumi Hasegawa/Keisuke Shimizu and Austria’s Felix Friedl/Maximillian Trummer recorded easy victories on Thursday in the qualification round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2-star at the beach courts of the Yakou Tourist Area.

All 10 pairs entered in the first qualification round passed through with a bye that gave Germany’s Armin Dollinger/Simon Kulzer and Russia’s Petr Bakhnar/Yury Bogatov another free pass to the main draw.

In the second round matchups, Vasiljev/Juchnevic, Hasegawa/Shimizu, Friedl Fe./Trummer and Israel’s Shani Cohen/Netanel Ohana succeeded in securing the remaining spots in the main draw.

Vasiljevic/Juchnevic defeated Japanese tandem Yu Koshikawa/Koichi Nishimura 2-0 (21-17, 21-12), but Hasegawa/Shimizu avenged their compatriots’ loss as they beat Chinese duo Linghang Jiang/Xu Yuan 2-0 (21-13, 21-15).

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Friedl Fe./Trummer showed a strong performance and limited their Chinese adversaries JunKai Chang/Xinyu Luo to score only 22 markers in their 2-0 (21-8, 21-14) win.

Ohana/Cohen, however, experienced a rough patch in the first set before they regained their focus and claimed the victory over Sweden’s Sebastian Akesson-Holm/Alexander Annerstedt 2-1 (17-21, 21-14, 15-11).