Men's Brazil Open 2004
Salvador, March 16 - 21

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Brazilian Open Qualifier Features Upsets
SALVADOR, BRAZIL, March 17, 2004 - Upsets were the "theme" of the day as lower ranked teams scored break-through wins over the first, third, fifth and 11th-seeded tandems in the second of two days of qualifying for the men's US$180,000 Brazilian Open for beach volleyball.

Top-seeded Eric Fonoimoana and Kevin Wong of the United States were eliminated from the competition by 16th-seeded Pedro Cunha and Pará Ferreira, the first of two Brazilian teams to win qualification matches here Wednesday to advance to the 32-team Main Draw in the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener for men.

Brazil's Fabio Magalhães and Paulo Emilio Silva, who were seeded fourth in the 40-team Qualification Tournament, survived a first-set "scare" to score a 28-26 and 21-14 win in 65 minutes over 13th-seeded Fabio Galli and Riccardo Fenili of Italy. The two Brazilian teams join four other teams from their country in the Main Draw, including 2003 FIVB World Champions Emanuel Rego and Ricardo Santos.

"Yesterday, Pedro's defense carried us," said Pará after the match. "Against the Americans, I had to play better at the net and score some blocks. Near the end of the second set, I had three blocks for points that helped us secure the win."

"I am thrilled to qualify for the Main Draw," said Cunha. "It really means a lot to me in proving that I can play at this level against quality players like Fonoimoana and Wong. Today's win gives me a lot of strength and I have a lot of confidence about playing this game with anyone and against anyone."

Also advancing from the qualifier with upset wins were 12th-seeded Satoshi Watanabe and Katsuhiro Shiratori of Japan, 14th-seeded Kevin Cès and Yannick Salvetti of France and 27th-seeded Sergey Sinkevich and Oleg Kisselev of Kazakhstan.

Conrad Leinemann, who split with long-time partner Jody Holden, earned Canada's second Main Draw berth as he advanced from the qualifier with Richard Van Huizen by winning their match Wednesday. "It was a time for a change," said Leinemann. "Richard is a good blocker and attacker. Working out the last two months in California with our coach (Brian O'Reilly) has really prepared us to play."

Also advancing from the Qualification Tournament on the court in front of the Catussaba Resort Hotel to Thursday's opening Main Draw rounds were second-seeded Sander Mulder and Richard Kogel of the Netherlands and seventh-seeded Kristjan Kais and Rivo Vesik of Estonia.
Press releases
Date Press release
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel & Ricardo Stop Swiss Tandem for Brazilian Open Gold
21-Mar-2004 Emanuel y Ricardo detiene a dupla suiza en la lucha del oro en Abierto Brasileño
21-Mar-2004 La médaille d'Or de l'Open du Brésil aux brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo qui battent le tandem suisse
21-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Hands Bronze Medal to Argentina
21-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da la medalla de bronce a Argentina
20-Mar-2004 Brazil's Emanuel & Ricardo Earn Gold Medal Berth Versus Swiss Duo
20-Mar-2004 Brasileños Emanuel y Ricardo van por el oro ante dupla suiza
20-Mar-2004 Les brésiliens Emanuel et Ricardo disputeront la médaille d'Or à la paire suisse
20-Mar-2004 Dieckmann's Injury Nets Swiss Beach Volleyball Gold Medal Berth
20-Mar-2004 Lesión de Dieckmann le da a los suizos opción a la medalla de oro
19-Mar-2004 Four Elimination Bracket Wins Friday Net Argentinean Advancement
19-Mar-2004 Argentinos clasifican tras cuatro triunfos en eliminatorias
19-Mar-2004 Quatre victoires consécutives propulsent les Argentins en demi-finale
19-Mar-2004 Top-seeded Brazilians Roar Back Against Germans Enroute to Semis
19-Mar-2004 Brasileños mejor sembrados superan a alemanes y ya están en semifinales
18-Mar-2004 Estonia Team Eliminates Top-Rated Swiss Tandem
18-Mar-2004 Equipo de Estonia elimina a la mejor dupla suiza
18-Mar-2004 Les Estoniens éliminent les vedettes Suisses
18-Mar-2004 Australian & Cuban Teams Challenge Top-seeded Brazilians
18-Mar-2004 Equipos australianos y cubanos desafían a los brasileños número uno
18-Mar-2004 Australiens et Cubains défient les têtes de série Brésilienes
18-Mar-2004 No. 3 & Trying Harder
18-Mar-2004 Not Just in Southern California or Brazil!
17-Mar-2004 Brazilian Open Qualifier Features Upsets
17-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio del Abierto de Brasil arroja derrotas
17-Mar-2004 Tournure étonnante des qualifications au Brésil
16-Mar-2004 Canadian Switch Nets Beach Volleyball Results
16-Mar-2004 Buenos resultados canadienses en el Voleibol de Playa
16-Mar-2004 Bons résultats canadiens en Beachvolley
16-Mar-2004 Brazil, Norway & USA Teams Advance From Salvador Country Quota Playoffs
16-Mar-2004 Brésil, Norvège et Etats-Unis se mettent en avant dans les barrages à Salvador
16-Mar-2004 Equipos de Brasil, Noruega y EE UU avanzan en Salvador en el Playoff de cuota por países
15-Mar-2004 Salvador Beach Volleyball Event Opens Men's Season
15-Mar-2004 Torneo de Voleibol de Playa en Salvador abre la temporada masculina
15-Mar-2004 Ouverture à Salvador du Beach Volleyball masculin

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