Fuzhou OPEN | 23 - 28 April 2013
Beach Volleyball - Shanghai, China, May 1, 2013 – Spain’s Liliana Fernandez-Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo took silver at the opening event of the season, the Fuzhou Open last week. The pair is now at the Shanghai Grand Slam with their sights set on another medal on the eve of the Women’s Main Draw beginning on Thursday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Lausanne, Switzerland, April 29, 2013 – Australian beach volleyball legend Natalie Cook, a Sydney 2000 Olympic champion and the only women to have featured in all five Olympic beach volleyball competitions, predicted that China's Chen Xue and Zhang Xi would be a force in 2013 and she proved correct in the opening event of the season – the Fuzhou Op... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 28, 2013 – China’s Chen Xue and Zhang Xi thrill the home crowd sweeping gold after defeating Spain’s Liliana Fernández Steiner and Elsa Baquerizo McMillan on the final day of the Fuzhou Open on Sunday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 27, 2013 – Sophie van Gestel and Madelein Meppelink from the Netherlands knocked out Brazil’s Maria Antonelli and Agatha Bednarczuk to win a semifinal spot at the Fuzhou Open in China on Saturday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 27, 2013 – USA’s Sean Rosenthal and Philip Dalhausser clinched gold after beating Italy’s Nicolai Paolo and Daniele Lupo in the final of the Fuzhou Open in China on Saturday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 27, 2013 – Austrians Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl’s mesmerising performance took them all the way to the podium, taking bronze after beating Brazilians Ricardo Alex Costa Santos and Álvaro Morais Filho at the Fuzhou Open in China on Saturday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 26, 2013 – China’s Wang Fan and Ding Jingjing win their first round knock-out phase match against Austria’s Barbara Hansel and Katharina Schützenhöfer at the Fuzhou Open in China on Thursday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 26, 2013 – Alexander Huber and Robin Seidl from Austria continue an outstanding run all the way from the Qualification Tournament to win all three matches of the day, earning a place in the semi-final at the Fuzhou Open in China.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 24, 2013 – The Russian women’s teams begin the new season with a number of changes. Russia’s head coach Marco Solustri from Italy has overseen the changes with high hopes for the new combinations. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 25, 2013 – Sanne Keizer and Marleen Van Iersel from the Netherlands top Pool B after winning their first two matches of the Fuzhou Open in China on Thursday.... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 25, 2013 – Reigning Olympic champion Julius Brink with new partner Sebastian Fuchs from Germany finished second in Pool A at the Fuzhou Open in China on Thursday. ... Read full news
Beach Volleyball - Fuzhou, China, April 24, 2013 - Top seeds Chen Xue and Zhang Xi of China will take on England's Zara Dampney and Lucy Boulton in their opening match of the Fuzhou Open when the Main Draw begins on Thursday.... Read full news
Fuzhou, China to host first 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball Open event
The 2013 beach volleyball season begins with the Fuzhou Open in China when the capital city of the Fujian province will host the men’s and women’s Open from April 23 to 28.
While this is the first time Fuzhou will host an Open event, the city organised the AVC Beach Volleyball Continental Cup in June 2012 where Australia bagged first place in the women’s tournament and Japan in the men’s.
Fuzhou no doubt made an indelible impression on Australian Natalie Cook as this is where she secured her fifth ticket to an Olympic Games. It is the seventh Chinese city to host an international level volleyball event after Beijing, Dalian, Lianyungang, Maoming, Sanya and Shanghai.
In addition to the Fuzhou Open, two other stops are scheduled in China in 2013: the Shanghai Grand Slam (April 30 to May 5) and the Beijing Grand Slam (October 2 to 6).
As part of a new development strategy focused on the new Olympic cycle, the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Council decided that FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens would no longer be part of the World Tour in 2013, putting in place an intermediate property that provides more opportunities for athletes worldwide to play.
With a total of eight FIVB Beach Volleyball Opens in the 2013 calendar comprising four double-gender and four women-only tournaments, there are numerous possibilities for athletes to compete in high quality, FIVB international competition. Over the course of the year more Open events could be added to the schedule, ensuring that all five Confederations will host an FIVB event in 2013.
The 2013 FIVB World Ranking system will include Beach Volleyball events at inter-continental, continental and national levels.
In another significant change, the format of all the tournaments – whether FIVB World Championships, FIVB World Tour Grand Slam or an FIVB Open – will be the same, featuring pool play followed by single elimination knockout rounds.