Can Tho, Vietnam, May 2, 2017 – Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova of Kazakhstan were crowned champions following their remarkable 21-18, 21-16 victory over Thailand 1’s Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee in the final showdown of the 2017 Can Tho Open AVC Women’s Volleyball Beach Tour in Can Tho, Vietnam on Monday.
Mashkova/ Samalikona, who earlier stormed past Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti of Vanuatu in comfortable straight sets 21-11, 21-10 in the semi-finals, continued their dazzling performance in the final clash against Varapatsorn/Tanarattha, champions at the last year’s Asian Beach Games in Danang, Vietnam and silver medallists at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, Korea.
Going down in the first set 18-21, Varapatsorn/Tanarattha tried to make a comeback in the second set, but their intention was not successful as they committed many unforced errors and the Kazakhs performed better in some crucial moments. Mashkova/Samalikona took the second set 21-16 and the championship.
In the third-place playoff earlier, Thailand 2’s Rampaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak, who lost to Varapatsorn/Tanarattha 21-8,21-9 in the all-Thais semi-final clash, struggled hard to beat Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti from Vanuatu in hard-fought three sets 21-19,18-21,15-6.
Champions Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikona of Kazakhstan claimed gold medal plus US$3,000 cash prize, with silver medallists Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee and bronze medallists Rampaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak from Thailand receiving US$2,250 and US$1,800 respectively. Linline Matauatu/Joe Loti from Vanuatu finished fourth place to receive US$1,350.
A total of 20 teams from 11 countries participated in this tournament consisting of China, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Singapore, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong and Vietnam.
1. Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova (Kazakhstan)
2. Varapatsorn Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee (Thailand 1)
3. Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak (Thailand 2)
4. Matauata Linline/Joe Loti (Vanuatu)
5. Jessyka Ngauamo/Artacho del Solar (Australia 2)
5. Wang Xinxin/Xue Chen (China 2)
7. Yue Yuan/Wang Fan (China 1)
7. Sayaka Mizoe/Suzuka Hashimoto (Japan 1)
9. Juliana Dhita/Dini Utami Putu (Indonesia 1)
9. Thi Thu Van/Le Thi Bich Vi (Vietnam 1)
9. Julia Tilley/Alice Bain (New Zealand 1)
9. Wills Kelsie/Polley Shaunna (New Zealand 2)
13. Takemi Nishibori/Marie Wada (Japan 2)
13. Phoebe Bell/Nicole Laird (Australia 1)
13. Ng Tin Lai/Wong Yeun Mei (Hong Kong 1)
13. Ratnasari Desi/Eka Yokobed (Indonesia 2)
17. Mai Thi Hoa/Tran Cam Thi (Vietnam 2)
17. Wing Tung/C.Y. Kong (Hong Kong 2)
17. Chong Hui Hui Eliza/Lee Gladys (Singapore)
17. Nguyen Thi Diem Trinh/Truong Thi Moc Nhat (Vietnam 3)
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