INDONESIAN PAIRS ENTER QUARTERFINALS OF ASIAD WOMEN’S BV COMPETITION
Palembang, Indonesia, August 24, 2018 – Host pairs RATNASARI/EKA and JULIANA/UTAMI both qualified to quarterfinals after defeating two pairs of Chinese Taipei respectively in the elimination round of top 12 on day 6 of women’s beach volleyball competition of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 here at Jakabaring Sport City Beach Volleyball Court.
Compared to RATNASARI/EKA’s convincing 2-0 (21-18, 21-14) win over YU/PAN, host No. 1 team JULIANA/UTAMI were locked into a dogfight with KOU/LIU and they finally edged out in 2-1 (19-21, 22-20, 15-12).
Both sides were so equally matched as they took one set each with slim 2-point advantage. In the decider, still no one can pull the other away until a 12-12 tie. Thereafter, Chinese Taipei made a mistake in reception, and Indonesia seized the opportunities for counter-attack from good defense. With a 3-0 run, JULIANA/UTAMI wrapped up the hard-fought set 15-12 and the match 2-1.
JULIANA/UTAMI will face 3rd seeded FUTAMI/HASEGAWA of Japan in the quarterfinals while RATNASARI/EKA will challenge 1st seeded WANG/XIA of China in the quarterfinals.
In the other derby match between Thailand duos, lowered ranked NUMWONG/HONGPAK quit due to injury after a 9-21 loss in the first set. No. 1 team of Thailand RADARONG/UDOMCHAVEE qualified to quarterfinals directly and will take on 2nd seeded ISHII/MURAKAMI of Japan Saturday.
Fresh from a come-from-behind 2-1 (16-21, 21-11, 15-3) victory over Vietnam’s duo TRAN/TRUONG in the last round of Pool Play, China’s second team WANG/ZENG got rid of their bad habit and found their rhythm quickly today to produce a comfortable 2-0 (21-9, 21-11) win over YUEN/AU YEUNG of Hong Kong, China. They will meet the in-form Kazakh duo MASHKOVA/TSIMBALOVE in the quarterfinals.
The women’s beach volleyball competition of the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018 will step into quarterfinals on Saturday, deciding 4 teams to the semifinals, which will be held on Sunday. The final showdown will be held Monday on August 27.
Palembang, the capital of the South Sumatra province and the host city of 2011 Southeast Asian Games, was granted the right to co-host the 17th Asian Games with Jakarta on 25 July 2014 at the OCA Council Meeting held in Kuwait. This is for the first time that the Asian Games are being co-hosted in two cities. The 18th Asian Games will be held in Jakarta and Palembang of Indonesia from August 18th to September 2nd 2018.
Match Result and Schedule
August 24, 2018, Round of 12
CHN (WANG/ZENG) v HKG (YUEN/AU YEUNG) 2-0 (21-9, 21-11)
INA (RATNASARI/EKA) v TPE (YU/PAN) 2-0 (21-18, 21-14)
TPE (KOU/LIU) v INA (JULIANA/UTAMI) 1-2 (21-19, 20-22, 12-15)
THA (RADARONG/UDOMCHAVEE) v THA (NUMWONG/HONGPAK) 2-0 (21-9, 21-0)
August 25, 2018, Quarterfinals – Local Time
9:00 CHN (WANG/XIA) v INA (RATNASARI/EKA)
9:00 KAZ (MASHKOVA/TSIMBALOVE) v CHN (WANG/ZENG)
15:00 INA (JULIANA/UTAMI) v JPN (FUTAMI/HASEGAWA)
15:00 THA (RADARONG/UDOMCHAVEE) v JPN (ISHII/MURAKAMI)
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