Three Asian pairs qualify for Nanjing main draw


Three Asian pairs out of the six teams qualified for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Silk Road Tangshan Open in Nanjing, China

Nanjing, China, June 14, 2018 – Japan’s Reika Murakami/Chiyo Suzuki and Kaho Sakaguchi/Yukako Suzuki and China’s Lin Meimei/Zhu Lingdi made it to the next phase of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Silk Road Tangshan Open, winning their respective qualification matches.

Suzuki/Murakami skipped the first round with a bye, then prevailed in a tight battle with Italy’s Arianna Barboni/Silvia Costantini 2-1 (21-13, 14-21, 15-13) for the main draw spot.

Suzuki/Sakaguchi played well to win both their matches against Italy’s Gradini/Claudia Puccinelli 2-0 (21-19, 21-19) and England’s Jessica Grimson/Victoria Palmer 2-0 (23-21, 21-19), while M.M. Lin/ZHU Lingdi beat Canada’s Caleigh Cruickshank/Megan Nagy 2-0 (24-22, 21-18) and Latvia’s Alise Lece/Ilze Liepinlauska 2-1 (21-14, 18-21, 16-14).

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The United States’ Summer Nash/Jace Pardon also came up with double victories in the qualification round. The American pair triumphed over Sweden’s Sofia Ogren/Sofia Wahlen 2-1 (23-21, 20-22, 15-3) and Israel’s Noy Chori/Sofia Starov 2-0 (21-19, 24-22).

Meanwhile, European pairs Katja Stam/Julia Wouters of the Netherlands and Agata/Cenowa/Martyna Kloda of Poland are the fifth and sixth teams from qualification, which will move to the main draw.

Stam/Wouters and Kloda/Cenowa passed through the first round with a bye, then claimed victories over Canada’s Marie-Christine Lapointe/Charlotte Sider 2-0 (21-19, 21-15) and China’s Wang Jingwen/Yuan Lvwen 2-1 (27-29, 21-9, 15-10), respectively.