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Women's France Grand Slam 2001  
Marseille, 16 - 22 July
Youngs/Fontana reverse fortunes

Marseille France, 22 July / The famous " Mistral " wind of southern France gave a blustery welcome to the players of the France Open in Marseille, causing both men’s and women’s matches to be postponed for most of Friday. Saturday, fortunately, arrived with a smile and perfect beach volleyball conditions.

The stadium was full to capacity on finals day, with chants, drums and Samba reverberating around the stadium from the large local Marseille Brazilian contingent. They were there to cheer on their favourite team, Adriana Behar and Shelda, who have played in every Marseille World Series final. The Brazilians delighted the crowd by progressing to the final again this year after defeating countrywoman Sandra Pires-Minello in the semifinals.

But this day was to belong to the Americans Youngs and Fontana, who reversed the fortunes of the previous two tournaments. With Elaine Youngs dominating the net, the Americans never looking in danger easily accounting for Adriana Behar and Shelda 2:0 (21/13, 21/14). This was the American’s second victory this year having also won the Italian Open six weeks prior.

The leg injury that forced Olympic gold medallist Natalie Cook out of the Spain Open the week prior would again cause the Australians problems, forcing them to retire prior to the third place match, giving the victory to McPeak-Arce (USA).