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

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The 2004 Women's Swatch-FIVB World Tour returns to the beautiful beaches of Greece for the third year running with the $180,000 Hellas Open on the Greek island of Rhodes, the largest island in the Dodecanes and a superb venue for international Beach Volleyball as a meeting point of the European, Asian and African continents.

Rhodes hosted a women's World Tour event for the first time in 2002 and after staging a double gender tournament in 2003, the sun-drenched holiday retreat, known to many as the island of Roses, will play host to the best women's Beach Volleyball athletes again.

The Hellas Open will also serve as a vital opportunity for the organisers to fine-tune their event operations ahead of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and several tonnes of sand will again be moved from the island's picturesque beaches into Rhodes's City Hall Square, the venue that proved so popular with spectators in 2002 and 2003.

Looking to successfully defend their title from last season will be the 2003 Swatch-FIVB World Tour world ranking winners Ana Paula Connelly and Sandra Pires from Brazil. The powerful duo secured the Rhodes title with a thrilling come-from-behind 2-1 (21-23, 21-19, 15-12) victory over their counterparts Adriana Behar and Shelda.

With it's stunning beaches, clear-blue waters, isolated coves and picturesque fishing villages, Rhodes has long been one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe - the Hellas Open should once again serve to further enhance the island's reputation.

After the Hellas Open, the Women's World Tour moves to Shanghai in China for the $180,000 China Open.

Women's Podium 2003
1. Ana Paula-Sandra (BRA)
    Ana Paula Connelly biography
    Sandra Pires biography 
2. Adriana-Shelda (BRA)
    Adriana Behar biography
    Shelda Bede biography
3. Walsh-May (USA)
    Kerri Walsh biography
    Misty May biography

Women's Podium 2002
1. McPeak-Youngs (USA)
    Holly McPeak biography
    Elaine Youngs biography
2. Pottharst-Cook (AUS)
    Kerri-Ann Pottharst biography
    Natalie Cook biography
3. Syfri-Karadassiou (GRE)
    Vassiliki Karadassiou biography
    Efrosyni Sfyri biography