Ha Long, Vietnam, April 30, 2015 – Strong teams including China 1’s Wang Yuanyuan/Tang Ningya, Japan 1’s Takemi Nishibori/Sayaka Mizoe and two Vietnam’s sides had a field day with straight two victories on the opening day of the AVC Beach Volleyball Tour 2015 – Vietnam Tuan Chau Ha Long Open on Thursday.
The tournament kicked off at the Tuan Chau international tourism and entertainment site in Ha Long City, northern Quang Ninh province in Vietnam on April 30. The four-day competition has been regarded as part of cultural and sporting activities welcoming the 2015 Ha Long Carnival, scheduled to take place on May 8.
The tournament has attracted 17 teams from 10 countries to vie for the top honour. The participating teams consist of China, Vanuatu, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Kazakhstan, Thailand and Vietnam.
All 17 teams have been drawn into four pools. Pool A, B and C feature four teams each, with five teams contesting Pool D. The pool round-robin preliminaries will be held from Thursday to Saturday morning, while the knock-out phase will take place from Saturday afternoon onwards.
In Pool A, Japan 1’s Takemi Nishibori/Sayaka Mizoe, winners at the AVC Beach Volleyball Tour Thungsong Open in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand in early April, came up with impressive form to take straight two victories on the opening day consisting of a one-sided 21-7 21-4 win in just 27 minutes over Kazakhstan 2’s Ossipova/Bobrova and another comfortable 21-4 21-10 triumph over Hong Kong 2’s Lo Wei Yan/Tam Hin Ching.
Vietnam 1’s Thanh Tram/Tuyet Ngan did not let home fans down to make it two in a row on the first day. They first struggled to beat Hong Kong 2’s Lo Wai Yan/Tam him Ching 19-21 21-15 20-18 to later thrash Kazakhstan 2’s Ossipova/Bobrova 21-9 21-6 in 22 minutes.
In Pool B, Vanuatu’s Miller Pata/Linline Matautu, winners at the recent AVC Beach Tour Samila Open in Songkhla, Thailand, and China 2’s Wang Xinxin/Ding Jingjing kicked the tournament off to a brilliant start with scintillating win. The former brushed off Thailand 2’s Laosaengsa/Khantarak 21-14 21-16 and the latter outclassed New Zealand 2’s Danielle Quigley/Melissa Ruru 21-01 21-18.
The Pool C contests saw Australians Solar Artacho/Becchara Palmer and Japan 2’s Kusano/Sakurako capture pole position with their first-day win. The Aussies were in form to power past Kazakhstan 1’s Latssyuta/Tutareva 21-12 21-5 in 26 minutes, with the Japanese duo crushing Hong Kong 1’s Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yen Mei 21-6 21-11.
Pool D was dominated by China and Vietnam. China 1’s Wang Yuanyuan/Tang Ningya and Vietnam 2’s Mai Hoa/Thi Tiep each clinched two victories on Thursday. The powerful Chinese tandem first tamed Singapore’s Chong/Lau 21-10 21-10 to next demolish Thailand 1’s Saowaros Tangkaew/Sumintra Chandaeng 21-12 21-10. The Vietnamese duo beat New Zealand 1’s Julia Tilley/Shaun Polley 21-16 21-18 before crushing Singapore’s Chong/Lau 21-10 21-12.
The pool plays continue on Friday, with teams suffering straight two losses crashing out from the tournament. The knock-out round starting from Saturday afternoon session onwards.