No problems for top seeds at Tuan Chau Open in Vietnam


The Czech Republic's Karolina Rehackova passes the ball to teammate Sara Olivova in pool play action at the FIVB World Tour Tuan Chau HaLong Open 2018 in Vietnam, as the pair advances to the quarterifnals.

Tuan Chau, Vietnam, May 10, 2018 - All the top seeds cruised through pool play and advanced to the single elimination bracket at the FIVB World Tour one-star Tuan Chau HaLong Open 2018 in Vietnam, with Japan dominating the action and getting all three of their teams directly into the quarterfinals.

Top seeds Sayaka Mizoe / Suzuka Hashimoto of Japan advanced on wins over Vietnam's Do Thi Hau / Hoang Thi Thanh Huyen 2-0 (21-12, 21-13) and Chinese Taipei's Nai-Han Kou / Pi Hsin Liu 2-0 (21-19, 21-18).

In a similar run through pool play, No. 2 seeds Yui Nagata / Minori Kumada of Japan shut out Vietnam's Thi Ha Nhi Phan / T. Bichvi 2-0 (21-12, 21-15) before sweeping Chinese Taipei's Ya-Hsuan Yu / Tzu-Yi Pan 2-0 (21-10, 21-11).

And Japan's third side in the Main Draw, Yukako Suzuki / Kaho Sakaguchi, seeded 12th, moved past the two Israel teams in the competition, edging 5th-seeded Sofia Starikov / Noy Chorin 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-11) before bringing down Michal Barannik / Anita Deev 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

Third-seeded Sara Olivova / Karolina Rehackova of the Czech Republic opened with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-18) sweep of Vietnam wild cards Thi Thanh Tram Nguyen / Nguyen Thi Mai, but had to fight off Denmark's Maria Elisabeth Tyndeskov / Line Trans Hansen 2-1 (21-13, 18-21, 15-12) and also get a direct berth in the quarterfinals.

The single elimination bracket in Tuan Chau begins on Friday, with the semifinals and finals scheduled for Saturday.

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