Paraguayan, Japanese and Spanish duos cruise to quarterfinals in Manila


Two Japanese pairs made it straight to the quarterfinals with double victories in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open

Manila, Philippines, May 4, 2018 – Paraguay’s Erika Bobadilla/Michelle Valiente, Japan’s Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori and Sakurako Fujii/Shinako Tanaka and Spain’s Maria Carro/Paula Soria snatched an early advantage as they secured the first four quarterfinal berths in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.

The Paraguayan top seeds made a strong start and showed top form on Friday to dominate Pool A by beating the Philippines’ Dhannylaine Demontano/Jackielyn Estoquia 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) and Thailand’s Pawarun Chanthawichai/Thatsarida Singchuea 2-0 (21-12, 21-17).

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Japanese pairs Kusano/Take and Tanaka/Sakurako reigned in Pool B and Pool C, respectively. Kusano/Take outplayed the Philippines Maria Rosario Soriano/Maria Beatriz Tan 2-0 (21-10, 21-9) and Norway’s Hanne Haugen Zylstra/Janne Pedersen 2-0 (21-13, 21-18), while Tanaka/Sakurako succeeded against Hong Kong’s Wai Yan Au Yeung/Ting Chi Yuen 2-1 (21-15, 13, 21-15-9) and the Netherlands’ Katja Stam/Julia Wouters 2-0 (21-14, 21-18).

Spain’s Soria/Carro opened their campaign with a win over South Africa’s Luciana Pierangeli/Simone Sittig 2-0 (21-18, 21-9) and seized the next victory against the Philippines’ Angeline Gervacio/Cherry Rondina 2-0 (22-20, 23-21) in Pool D.