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
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.
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