Satun, Thailand, April 8, 2018 – Chinese Taipei’s Kou Nai-Han and Liu Pi Hsin had the better end game in two qualification round matches to advance to the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour SMM Pak Bara Beach Satun 1-star at the Pak Bara Beach on Sunday.
Kou N.H/Liu P.H. fought down to the wire to win against Russia’s Ekaterina Filina and Ksenia Dabizha 2-1 (17-21, 21-17, 16-14) and the Czech Republic’s Sara Olivova and Eliksa Davidova 2-1 (24-22, 18-21, 27-25), respectively.
After a convincing straight-set win in the first round of qualifications, Japan’s Yukako Suzuki/Saho Sakaguchi and Yui Nagata/Minori Kumada displayed resilience in their next match with respective 2-1 (21-15, 23-25, 15-11) and 2-1 (16-21, 21-12, 16-14) victories over European sides.
Spain’s Paula Soria Gutierrez and Maria Belen Carro Marquez de Acuna survived as the remaining European contender in the qualification round, following their 2-0 (21-17, 21-15) win over Hong Kong’s Ting Chi Yuen and Wai Yan Au Yeung.
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