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
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
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.
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)
2. Pottharst-Cook (AUS)
3. Syfri-Karadassiou (GRE)