Rio Open elimination bracket set
After winning Friday morning, Megumi Murakami (left) and Miki Ishii of Japan celebrate in the press center at the Rio Open
Rio de Janeiro, May 19, 2017 - With a steady rain throughout the playing of four rounds of men’s and women’s pool play here Friday morning, eight pairs advanced to each gender’s 24-team elimination brackets as eight duos in each gender’s competition were ousted from the US$300,000 Rio Open that is being played at the tennis center located at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca.
Three women’s and four men’s teams made seed-break-throughs to reach Friday afternoon’s elimination rounds where another 16 matches per gender will be played to set the field for Saturday’s quarter- and semi-final matches. The Rio Open concludes Sunday morning with the playing of the medal matches where the winning teams will each share the $20,000 first-place prizes.
Leading the way with a seed-break-through win to reach the final elimination rounds were Miki Ishii and Megumi Murakami as the 32nd-seeded women’s qualifying team from Japan posted a 2-0 (21-17, 21-12) victory in 35 minutes over 17th-seeded Elsa Baquerizo/Angela Lobato of Spain.
Joining the Japanese in breaking-through were 25th-seeded Ekaterina Birlova/Nadezda Makroguzova of Russia and 26th-seeded qualifiers Jolien Sinnema/Joy Stubbe of The Netherlands. All four of the lower seeded (25th or below) men's teams reaching the elimination rounds played in Wednesday's qualifier, including 25th-seeded Mathias Berntsen/Christian Sorum of Norway, 27th-seeded Maarten Van Garderen/Christiaan Varenhorst of The Netherlands, 29th-seeded Oscar Brandao/Hevaldo Moreira of Brazil and 30th-seeded Julian Horl/Alexander Huber of Austria.
Following the Rio Open, the next stop on the FIVB World Tour will be May 31-June 4 in Moscow for a three-star event in the Russian capital. Highlighting the 2017 international calendar for men and women Beach Volleyball players will be the $1-million FIVB World Championships July 28 through August 6 in Austria and the $800,000 SWATCH FIVB World Tour Finals August 23-27 in Hamburg, Germany.