Women's competition, Rhodes
From 19 May To 23 May 2004

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Fans continue to be enthralled in rhodes
Rhodes, Greece, May 21, 2004 - The lights came on in Centre Court, Rhodes, on Friday evening, however, they went out on Greek hopes of team representation for the remainder of the 2004 Swatch - FIVB World Tour Hellas Open as Efi Sfyri and Vasso Karadassiou lost the last match of the night to Suzanne Lahme and Danja Musch of Germany by a score of 2-0.

Warm breezes swept through a packed arena while the atmosphere remained electric throughout, and, for those who came to cheer their Greek heroes there was huge consolation in the fact that there are still two more days of spectacular Beach Volleyball ahead.

"Of course we are disappointed to lose here, especially having made so many mistakes this evening," Sfyri stated after the game before adding, "Our target is the Olympic Games in Athens and as we are still playing so early in the season we have time to improve."

Meanwhile, Dutch team Marrit Leenstra and Rebekkah Kadjiik rescued their chances of a Hellas Open succes thanks to a win against Cuban side Tamara Larrea Peraza and Dalixia Fernandez Grasset in the Swatch - FIVB World Tour in Rhodes on Friday. Leenstra and Kadjiik had been stunned earlier in the day by Brazilians Renata Ribeiro and Kelly Shaylyn in a closely fought encounter. The women from the Netherlands will now face the recently formed team from Brazil, Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa França in Saturday's round of matches.

Canada's Guylaine Dumont and Annie Martin enjoyed a relatively easy triumph in their match-up with Germany's Helke Claasen and Martina Stoof, coming home by 2-0 (21-10, 21-14).

Petia and Lina Yanchulova of Bulgaria also progress thanks to a win over French players Virginie Kadjo and Ethel-Julie Arjona while fans from the Czech Republic can look forward to seeing their heroes again as Sona Novakova and Eva Celbova charged past their Italian counterparts Lucila Perrotta and Daniella Gattelli.