Sakurako/Miyagawa, Scarbrough/Davis score double wins in Jinjiang qualification


Bangkok 1-star winners Aurora Davis and Bree Scarbrough came up with two wins to reach the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Jinjiang, China

Jinjiang, China, May 31, 2018 – Japan’s Sakurako Fujii/Samaa Miyagawa and USA’s Aurora Davis/Bree Scarbrough withstood the challenges in the qualification round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Jinjiang 2-star by posting double wins on Thursday at the Yakou Tourist Area.

Sakurako/Miyagawa started off with a convincing 2-1 (21-14, 21-11) win over Singapore’s Weiyu Ong/Serene Ng in their first round encounter, before being pushed to their limits by their compatriots Minori Kumada/Yui Nagata in the second round.

After splitting victories in the first two sets, the match went down to the wire, with Sakurako/Miyagawa eluding their rivals in the final set with a two-point margin 2-1 (24-22, 12-21, 16-14).

Meanwhile, Scarbrough/Davis defeated two Thai opponents on opening day. The American duo prevailed against Chanthira Khanok/Sumintra Sow 2-1 (21-18, 18-21, 15-7) in the first round, then performed better against Pronsuda Kritsana/Yodsaphat Pakham 2-0 (22-20, 21-14) in the second round, securing their entry to the main draw.

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Canada’s Caleigh Cruickshank/Megan Nagy, Chinese Taipei’s Kou Nai-Han/Liu Pi Hsin, Poland’s Agata Ceynowa/Martyna Kloda and USA’s Caitlin Ledoux/Kendra Vanzwieten also sealed their main draw spots with straight-set wins.

Nagy/Cruickshank beat Hong Kong’s Wai Yan Au Yeung/Ting Chi Yuen 2-0 (22-20, 21-14), while Chinese Taipei’s Kou N.H./Liu P.H. routed Italy’s Andrea Nucete-Elliot/Rebecca Perry in a tough 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) race.

Kloda/Ceynowa controlled the tempo against Israel’s Michal Barannik/Anita Deev 2-0 (21-14, 21-17), while Ledoux/Vanzwieten mounted a compelling surge to beat Chinese Taipei’s Pan Tzu-Yi/Yu Ya-Hsuan 2-0 (21-8, 21-8).