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Brazil's Shelda & Adriana Face USA's May & Walsh For Brazilian Gold
FORTALEZA, BRAZIL, March 13, 2004 - With an overflowing crowd of more than 4,000 watching the action on the Praia de Iracema centre court, second-seeded Shelda Bede and Adriana Behar had "no trouble" in beating Larissa Franca and Juliana Felisberta Silva in an All-Brazilian semi-final here Saturday morning 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour season opener.

With their 21-14 and 21-17 win in 45 minutes against the 28th-seeded team in the Main Draw, Bede and Behar advanced to Sunday's Gold Medal match in the US$180,000 Brazilian Open against top-seeded Misty May and Kerri Walsh of the United States. The winners share the $27,000 first-place prize while the losers take home the Silver Medal and split $18,000.

The Americans led for most of their two sets earlier Saturday with fourth-seeded Jia Tian and Fei Wang of China as May and Walsh scored a 21-19 and 21-19 win in 43 minutes to advance to their sixth-straight Gold Medal match on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour.

Sunday's final will also be a rematch of the last October's World Championship Gold Medal match May and Walsh scored a 21-19 and 21-19 win over Bede and Behar to dethrone the Brazilians. Bede and Behar, the Silver Medallists at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, had won the World Championships in 1999 and 2001.

Bede and Behar held 5-2, 9-5, 13-8 and 16-12 leads in the first set before controlling the second set with advantages of 5-2, 9-5, 13-8 and 16-12 before Larissa and Felisberta Silva rallied to trail 19-16 before losing.

"It's fantastic that we have such a strong team as Juliana and Larissa breaking out and starting with such big results as this already is," said Bede about their Brazilian rivals. "They have all the potential and, if they practice right and are given conditions, are able to become one of the greatest teams in the Tour. Now we're facing Walsh-May that, in my opinion, is the best team in the world right now. It will be another rough match up for us."

Felisberta Silva was "looking forward to playing with Larissa and there's nothing more grateful than achieving this success so early. We have done everything we needed to do throughout the week and unfortunately weren't able to do it again facing Adriana and Shelda. Against them, you're not allowed to simply do your job, you got to always be one step ahead."

Sunday's opening match features Jia Tian/Fei Wang versus Larissa/Felisberta Silva for the second-time this week. The Brazilians beat the Chinese women 15-21, 24-22 and 15-9 Friday morning. The winner of the match earns the Bronze Medal and the $14,000 third-place prize. The losers will split $11,000.
Press releases
Date Press release
14-Mar-2004 USA's May & Walsh Net Brazilian Open Gold Beach Volleyball Medal
14-Mar-2004 May y Walsh de EE UU se llevan oro en Abierto de Brasil
14-Mar-2004 Larissa & Juliana Snare Brazilian Open Bronze Beach Volleyball Medal
14-Mar-2004 Larissa y Juliana ganan medalla de bronce en el Abierto Brasileño de Voleibol de Playa
13-Mar-2004 Brazil's Shelda & Adriana Face USA's May & Walsh For Brazilian Gold
13-Mar-2004 Brasileñas Shelda y Adriana enfrentarán a May y Walsh de EE UU por el oro del Abierto de Brasil
13-Mar-2004 USA's May & Walsh Advance To Gold Medal Match
12-Mar-2004 USA & China Tandems Seek SWATCH Medals Against Brazilian Teams
12-Mar-2004 Duplas de EE UU y China por medallas SWATCH ante equipos brasileños
12-Mar-2004 Brazil & USA Advance First Two Teams To Semi-finals
12-Mar-2004 Brazilians Upset China Tandem in Friday's Beach Volleyball Opener
11-Mar-2004 USA's Davis & Johnson Jordan Survive Thursday's Elimination Matches
11-Mar-2004 Davis y Johnson Jordan de EE UU sobreviven a eliminatoria del jueves
11-Mar-2004 Brazil & USA Teams Lead Thursday's Winners
11-Mar-2004 Brazil's Larissa & Felisberta Silva Notch Upset Beach Volleyball Win
10-Mar-2004 Eight Countries Earn Beach Volleyball Main Draw Berths
10-Mar-2004 Ocho países logran entrar al Cuadro Principal de Voleibol de Playa
09-Mar-2004 For Team Australia, It Is Not Just Another Event
09-Mar-2004 Brazilian, USA Teams Advance From Country Quota Playoffs
09-Mar-2004 34-team Qualifier Opens SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Stop in Fortaleza
09-Mar-2004 Clasificatorio de 34 equipos abre el Circuito Mundial SWATCH-FIVB en Fortaleza
08-Mar-2004 Pottharst Back for Summer
08-Mar-2004 Circuito Mundial Swatch-FIVB Pottharst está de vuelta
04-Mar-2004 Fortaleza kick starts countdown to the Olympics
04-Mar-2004 Circuito Mundial Swatch-FIVB Fortaleza inicia cuenta regresiva para Juegos Olímpicos

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