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Brazilians & Nystrom Twins Net Best 2004 Beach Volleyball Placements
MARSEILLE, FRANCE, July 14, 2004 - An upset here, a win there and instantly, the teams of Alexandra Fonseca/Mônica Rodrigues of Brazil and the Nystrom twins of Finland have secured their best finish together on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour after each tandem won a pair of matches here Wednesday in the US$560,000 World Series 13 event.

Part of the World Series 13 Beach Volleyball scenario for the Brazilians was started by a 15-21, 21-18 and 15-13 upset win by 29th-seeded Sanne Keizer and Merel Mooren of the Netherlands over fourth-seeded Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan of the United States, who won the World Series 13 title in 2000.

The more-experienced Alexandra and Mônica took advantage of the Netherlands upset to score a 21-17 and 21-14 win over Keizer and Mooren to advance to Thursday's match in the third-round of the winner's bracket against fifth-seeded Nicole Schnyder-Benoit and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland.

The 2004 European Champions, Schnyder-Benoit and Kuhn also scored pair of wins Wednesday, including a 17-21, 21-17 and 15-10 win over 12th-seeded Lucilla Perrotta and Daniela Gattelli of Italy. Both teams have qualified for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

Mônica, the silver medallists at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games with Adriana Samuel, and Alexandra began play Tuesday with a 20-22, 21-13 and 15-11 victory over 13th-seeded Nila Ann Hakedal and Ingrid Torlen of Norway, who are also headed for the Athens Games.

For Alexandra and Mônica, the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour campaign featured only a 13th in May at Shanghai, China. The two victories Wednesday guaranteed the Brazilians a ninth, their best finish together since back-to-back fifth-places at the end of the 2002 season in Mallorca and Brazil.

Although seeded higher, the 23rd-seeded Nystrom twins (Erika and Emilie) used a 21-19, 19-21 and 19-17 win over 26th-seeded Laura Bruschini and Annamaria Solazzi of Italy to gain their guaranteed ninth. With the win, the Nystroms play second-seeded Kerri Walsh and Rachel Wacholder of the United States.

The twins, who will be 21 in September, posted their previous best finish two weeks ago in Norway with a 17th. The Nystrom's first win Wednesday was a 20-22, 23-21 and 19-17 victory over 10th-seeded Claire Jaouen and Tatiana Riera of France. The twins won a FIVB satellite event last August in Le Lavandou, France.

Other matches in the third-round of the winner's bracket Thursday have top-seeded Juliana Felisberta and Larissa Franca of Brazil playing ninth-seeded Ethel-Julie Arjona and Virginie Kadjo of France and third-seeded Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch of Germany facing sixth-seeded Eva Celbova and Sona Novakova of the Czech Republic.

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.