Langkawi, Malaysia, April 12, 2019 – The top-seeded Australian pair Tim Dickson and Marcus Ferguson and the second seeded New Zealand tandem Thomas Hartles and Alani Nicklin advanced directly to the quarterfinal round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Langkawi 1-star recording two pool play victories each on Friday.
The Australian top seeds dominated Pool A as they stunned Malaysia’s Elangovan Yogeswaran and Ting Jackson Kiet Sing 2-0 (21-4, 21-14) in the first round and then outplayed Japan’s Koichi Nishimura and Daisuke Shibata 2-0 (21-13, 21-13) in their next match in group stage.
The second seeds also made a solid start in pool play, when they cleared their first hurdle against Malaysia’s Gee Jia Wei and Kwan Young Kuck 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) then secured a second win against Japan’s Kensuke Shoji and Masato Kurasaka 2-0 (21-19, 21-19).
In Pool C, Poland’s Adrian Sdebel and Piotr Ilewicz earned a bye in the first round, but made sure that they got the spot in the winner’s bracket with a 2-0 (21-19, 21-13) victory over Norway’s Jorn Olav Gamlemoen and Christian Helland.
After forfeiting their first round match, Satun 1-star winners Vladyslav Iemelianchyk and Denys Denysenko of Ukraine avoided elimination when they beat Russia’s Petr Bakhnar and Aleksandr Kramarenko 2-0 (21-16, 21-13).
Borgolov and Ermilov likewise went straight to the quarterfinals with double straight-set wins against Malaysia’s Raja Nazmi Saifudding Bin Raja Hussin and Rafi Asruki Nordin 2-0 (21-6, 21-13) and Japan’s Jumpei Ikeda and Katsuhiro Shiratori 2-0 (21-18, 21-13) in Pool D.
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