Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi roll into Nanjing semifinals


Chinese top seeds Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi reached the semifinals of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Silk Road Tangshan Open in Nanjing

Nanjing, China, June 16, 2018 – Chinese top seeds Wang Fan and Xia Xinyi advanced to the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Silk Road Tangshan Open semifinals with a hard-fought 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-9) win over Italy’s Gaia Traballi/Agata Zuccarelli on Saturday.

Wang/X.Y. Xia won two matches leading up to their semifinals entry. They first beat the United States Summer Nash/Jace Pardon 2-0 (21-15, 21-16) in the Round of 16, before beating Nantong 2-star silver medallist Traballi/Zuccarelli in the quarterfinals.

The last time Wang/X.Y. Xia made it to the final four was last May at the Lucerne 3-star, where they won the silver. The pair also won silver at the Sydney 2-star and placed fourth on home soil at the Qinzhou 3-star.

Their compatriots Lin Meimei/Zhu Lingdi reached the semifinals with victories over Lithuania’s Ieva Dumbauskaite/Irina Zobnina 2-0 (21-17, 21-13) and Japan’s Ayumi Kusano/Takemi Nishibori 2-1 (21-12, 17-21, 16-14).

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The United States’ Amanda Dowdy/Irene Pollock secured their semifinal spot with victories over Japanese sides. They started off with an easier 2-0 (21-15, 23-21) win over Minori Kumada/Yui Nagata and then prevailed in a tight 2-1 (16-21, 21-16, 15-12) clash with Reika Murakami/Chiyo Suzuki.

Nantong 2-star champions Josemari Alves/Liliane Maestrini are still on track to make back-to-back podium finishes as they secured the last semifinal spot with a convincing 2-0 (21-11, 21-7) quarterfinal win against the Czech Republic’s Sara Olivova/Karolina Rehackova. Earlier, they beat Australia’s Phoebe Bell/Jessyka Ngauamo 2-1 (21-15, 25-27, 15-9).