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Upsets Create Women's World Series 13 Confusion
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 14, 2004 - Upset wins over teams from France, Germany and the United States by four women's tandems that had to qualify for the World Series 13 Main Draw highlighted the opening round of the US$560,000 event.

The biggest upset in the first-round of the winner's bracket of the eighth annual women's stop on the Plage of Prado was by 29th-seeded Sanne Keizer and Merel Mooren of the Netherlands, who scored a 15-21, 21-18 and 15-13 win in 45 minutes over Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan of the United States.

The win guaranteed the team from the Netherlands their best finish in 13 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour events as the pair was playing in only their third Main Draw. Winners of two qualifying matches Tuesday, Keizer and Mooren play 20th-seeded Alexandra Fonseca and Mônica Rodrigues of Brazil in their next match Wednesday.

Davis and Johnson won the 2000 World Series 13 women's event before placing fifth at the Sydney Olympic Games. Mônica won the silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with Adriana Sameul as the pair finished third here in 1997.

Other Main Draw qualifiers posting upset wins Wednesday in the first round were 22nd-seeded Martina Stoof and Helke Claasen of Germany, the 23rd-seeded Nystrom twins (Erika and Emilie) of Finland and 26th-seeded Laura Bruschini and Annamaria Solazzi of Italy.

Stoof and Claasen scored an 18-21, 21-14 and 15-12 win over 11th-seeded Okka Rau and Stephanie Pohl of Germany while the Nystroms posted a 20-22, 23-21 and 19-17 victory over 10th-seeded Claire Jaouen and Tatiana Riera of France. Bruschini and Solazzi, who have won 15 of 17 qualifying matches this season, downed seventh-seeded Angela Clarke and Kylie Gerlic of Australia 21-15 and 21-12.

Stoof and Claasen's win was over their German rival ticketed for Athens as was Alexandra and Mônica's 20-22, 21-13 and 15-11 victory over 13th-seeded Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen of Norway. Susanne Glesnes and Kathrine Maaseide, Norway's other Olympic qualifier, also dropped a 21-17, 18-21 and 15-10 decision to 17th-seeded Carrie Busch and Nancy Mason of the United States.

Top-seeded Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca of Brazil advanced to Thursday's competition with two wins over teams from France and the United States. The young Brazilians will play ninth-seeded Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo of France, who defeated teams from Switzerland and Germany Wednesday.

The fifth of five-straight mixed gender events on the 2003 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, the World Series 13 continues Main Draw play Thursday with 52 matches, including 20 for the women and the first 32 for the men. The event ends Sunday where the winning women's and men's teams each split the $41,500 first-place prizes.