Palembang, Indonesia, April 21, 2016 – Top teams including the world U23 champions Mariafe Artacho Del Solar/Nicole Laird from Australia continued their dominant performances with convincing victories on the second day of the AVC Beach Volleyball Tour 5th South Sumatra Governor Cup 2016 in Palembang on Thursday.
Fired-up Artacho Del Solar/Laird, fresh from making a clean sweep of both titles in Thailand comprising the Pak Bara Open in Satun and the Samila Open in Songkhla early this month, proved that they remain the indomitable giants to be reckoned with in the four-day competition which will be concluded on Saturday. The silver medallists at the last month’s Asian Beach Volleyball Championships at Manly Beach in Sydney snatched two victories on Thursday.
The Australian duo first outclassed Thailand 2’s Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak in straight sets 21-14 21-18 before mercilessly crushing Indonesians Normalita Normalita/Martha Rahawarin in a completely one-sided battle 21-11 21-7. With a clean sweep of three matches in Pool C, the Aussies now go up against Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yuen Mei from Hong Kong in the Friday’s quarter-finals.
Making it three in a row in Pool D were Thailand 1’s Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee, who on Thursday pulled off a scintillating 21-9 21-7 win over Hong Kong’s Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yuen Mei and went on their terrific form to beat Chinese Taipei’s Liu Pi Hsin/Chang Ya Chu 21-11 21-10. The Thai pairing, silver medallists at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea and the Asian Beach Games on home soil in Phuket the same year, are next due to take on Indonesians Dhita Juliana/Putu Dini Jasita Utami in the Friday’s quarter-finals.
Kazakhstan’s Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova, gold medallists at the Phuket-hosted Asian Beach Games in 2014 who have already registered two wins on the opening day, also continued their unbeaten run on Thursday to thrash Chinese Taipei’s Wu Shu-Fen/Kou Nai-Han 21-15 21-13 to top Pool B.
In the men’s competition, stronger teams brushed off their respective rivals to keep their hopes of advancing to the Friday’s quarter-finals alive.
New Zealand’s Samuel O’Dea/Michael Watson came from behind to beat Thailand’s Kitti Duangjinda/Sedtawat Padsawud 18-21 21-19 15-12, while Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko of Kazakhstan 1, gold medallists at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, beat Indonesians Rendy Verdian Licardo/Danangsyah Yudistira Pribadi 21-18 21-13 in the Thursday morning and repeated the feat in the afternoon following their 21-12 21-8 victory over Singaporeans Shen Fan Yang Mark/Yio Guang Fa Benjamin.
Australians Cole Durant/Bo Soderberg, silver medallists at the Asian Championships at home last month, bagged two wins in succession on Thursday. The Aussies first powered past Thailand’s Surin Jongklang/Dunwinit Kaewsai 21-14 21-11 before thrashing Maldives’ Adnan Abdul Hameed/Adam Naseem 21-16 21-13 later on.
The pool round-robin preliminaries in the men’s event was concluded on Thursday, with top two teams next advancing to round of the last 16.
The round of last 16 teams on Friday see Australians Durant/Soderberg take on Philippines’ Becaldo/Gibuena, Oman’s Ahmed Alhousni/Badar Alsubhi play Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Kuleshov/Alexey Yakovlev, Qataris Julio Cesar Do Nascimento Junior/Ahmed Tuan Janko face Thailand’s Kitti Duangjinda/Sedtawat Padsawud, Thailand’s Surin Jongklang/Dunwinit Kaewsai go up against Indonesians Ashfiya/Candra, Australians Isaac Kapa/Chris McHugh take on Indonesians Licardo/Dang, Indonesians Gilang/Fahri pit their expertise against Japanese Dogi/Tsuchiya, New Zealand’s Ben O’Dea/Hartles take on Hong Kong’s Lam/Kevin and Japanese Hatabe/Shoji challenge Kazakhstan’s Sidorenko/Dyachenko. The eight winning teams will next contest the quarter-finals on the same day, with the winners setting up semi-final clashes on Saturday morning.