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Norwegian & German Teams Benefit from Upset Wins
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 15, 2004 - If it wasn't for the teams from Norway and Germany, the opening rounds of the 11th annual men's World Series 13 unfolded as expected here Thursday as SAS Prince Albert of Monaco watched the competition at the Plage of Prado.

Six of the top eight-seeded teams each won two matches in the US$560,000 World Series 13 event with the second-seeded Laciga brothers (Martin and Paul) of Switzerland and seventh-seeded Emanuel Rego and Pedro Grael Brazão of Brazil being upset in the first round by teams from Spain and Norway, respectively.

Christoph Dieckmann and Andreas Scheuerflug benefited from the Laciga's defeat as the 18th-seeded Germans advanced to Friday's third-round of the winner's bracket with a 21-18 and 21-17 win over 31st-seeded Javier Luna and Raul Mesa of Spain. The Spaniards opened play Thursday by scoring a 21-18, 20-22 and 15-9 win over the Lacigas.

A 23-25, 21-19 and 15-11 win by 26th-seeded Bjorn Maaseide and Iver Horrem over Emanuel and Brazão continued the upsets in the bottom quarter of the winner's bracket as the Norwegians will play Christoph Dieckmann and Scheuerpflug Friday. Maaseide and Horrmem advanced with a 24-22 and 21-7 win over 23rd-seeded Nikolas Berger and Clemens Doppler of Austria. Doppler had to retire from the match due to a knee injury.

Advancing as expected from Thursday's first two rounds in the winner's bracket was top-seeded Markus Dieckamnn and Jonas Reckermann of Germany, who will played eighth-seeded Franco Neto and Tande Ramos of Brazil.

In other third-round matches in the winner's bracket Friday, fifth-seeded Mariano Baracetti and Martin Conde will play fourth-seeded Benjamin Insfran and Marcio Araujo of Brazil while third-seeded Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel face sixth-seeded Sascha Heyer and Markus Heyer in an All-Switzerland match.

After dropping their first match Thursday, Emanuel and Brazão rebounded with a 21-19 and 21-17 win over 10th-seeded Ogier Molinier and Guilherm Deulofeu of France. Brazão is filling in for Emanuel's regular partner Ricardo Santos, who is sidelined with a sprained his right ankle. The Lacigas also remained in the competition by defeating 15th-seeded Matt Fuerbringer and Stein Metzger of the United States 21-19, 15-21 and 15-10.

The World Series 13 continues Friday with 24 teams remaining in the men's event and eight tandems in the women's competition. The finals for both genders will be Sunday when each gold medal team shares the $41,500 first-place prizes.