Beach Volleyball: Top Seeds Knocked Out Of FIVB Challenge

Several seeded pairs lost on a day of upsets on Wednesday, but made a come-back on Thursday, at the Elliots Beach Chennai, India, where the tournament is being held.

This is the second time this tournament is being hosted at Chennai, after the great success of the event at this venue in 2008, which saw large crowds turning up to witness the matches, especially the womn’s games.

But a major upset on Thursday was the defeat of the men’s top seeds, the Ukrainians Mykola Babich and Oleksandr Ioisher, after the pair pulled out owing to an injury sustained by Ioisher. It happened in the first set, when the Ukrainians were leading 2-0, against their Belorussian rivals, Andrei Zharykau and Aliaksandr Dziadkau.

However, second seeds Nils Rohde and Thomas Kacsmarek of Germany stayed in contention beating the British pair of Tom Lord and Jody Gooding. The final score in the match was 21-14, 21-11.

The second seed later entered the fourth elimination round of the tournament when they beat Italy’s Paolo Ficosecco and Gianluca Casadei in a thrilling match that ended 23-25, 21-18, 15-13, in the Germans’ favour.

Local Indian pairs, in both the men’s and women’s sections did not fare very well on Thursday. The Indian men’s pair of Siva Balan and Dhamodaran were knocked out by Iran’s Reza Assari Naeini and Roufi Rahman, in the tournament, on Thursday. The final score was 21-16, 21-10 in Iran’s favour.

The Indian women’s pair of Reshmi CV and Jeshama CK Isot also lost, going down 21-14, 21- 8 to Ukraine’s ichiteck Viktoriia Smetaniuk and Svitlana Baburina. The German women’s pair of Frederike Fisher and Claudia Lehmann made short work of another Indian team comprising Hemamalani and Snehapriya, with a 21-8, 21-3 demolition.

In other men’s results in the second elimination round, Brazil’s Vitor Felipe and Alvaro Filho beat Malaysia’s Rafi and Chong Long, 21-18, 21-17; Norways Usken and Kjemperud prevailed over Rathnapala and Perera of Sri Lanka, 21-18, 21-12; Holtan and Eithun of Norway lost to canada’s Marshall and Saxton, 21-14, 21-17; the Greek pair of Xenakis and Zoupanis beat Italy’s Cavaliere and Zauli, 21-12, 21-14; Ficosecco and Casadei of Italy beat Begemann and Becker of Germany.

In other women’s results in the second elimination round, Belgium’s Van Cauteren and Mouha prevailed over Netherlands’ wiltens and de Vries, 21-13, 21-18; Spain’s Corral and Vidal beat Greece’s Roubanis and Papageorgiou, 21-9, 21-18; canada’s Zakrewski and Rodrigue edged out the Czech pair of Zidova and Kvapilova, 20-22, 21-15, 15-10; the Thai duo of Udomchavee and Radarong beat Malaysia’s Shun Thing and Teck Hua, 21-18, 13-21, 15-8; Italy’s Glosso and Giombini beat Norway’s Treland and Eritsland, 21-14, 21-12.

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