Polish, Russian duos prevail in tiebreakers
Russia's Artem Yarzutkin and Maxim Sivolap advanced to the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in Yangzhou, China
Szalankiewicz and Rudol started with a good run in the opening set with a 21-14 win, but lost their momentum in the next set as Ukrainian rivals Vladyslav Iemelianchyk and Denys Denysenko fought back to extend the match with an intense 29-27 win. The Polish side had the final say and secured the match at 15-9.
Sivolap and Yarzutkin rallied from a set down to record a 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 15-17) against Japan’s Takumi Takahashi and Yusuke Ishijima, while the United States’ Miles Evans and William Kolinske also prevailed in a similar scenario against Japan’s Katsuhiro Shiratori and Yu Koshikawa to win 2-1 (18-21, 21-16, 15-9).
“It was tough match especially in the third set,” Yarzutkin said. “Both teams ended up very tired after that intense match. We had a very good opponent and they played with excellent technique and they had a good sideout game.”
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A second Russian pair made it to the main draw, as Taras Myskiv and Valeriy Samoday showed great form to overcome France’s Youseff Krou and Edouard Rowlandson 2-0 (21-18, 21-17), while Ukrainians Sergiy Popov and Iaroslav Gordieiev beat Brazil’s Oscar Brandao and Luciano Ferreira 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).
Australia’s Cole Durant and Damien Schumann, France’s Romain Di Giantommaso and Jeremy Silvestre and Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkiew and Sedtawat Padsawud scored straight-set wins to claim the other main draw spots.
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