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From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Chinese Lead Upset Winners at Women's China Open
SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 26, 2004 - Chinese Sun Jing and Han Bo outlasted Virginie Kadjo and Ethel-Julie Arjona of France 2-1 to lead upset winners in the first round of the Qualification Tournament of the 2004 Swatch-FIVB World Tour Women's China Open starting here on Wednesday.

Seeded 28th in the Qualification Tournament, Sun and Han beat the fifth seeds 21-17, 17-21 and 15-8 to become the only team out of three from the hosts that survived Wednesday's elimination matches.

"It's a very tough game, we are so happy that we have claimed a victory for China," said Sun. "We will try our best to continue the run tomorrow."

Sun and Han will challenge Kadjo and Arjona's compatriots Claire Jaouen and Tatiana Riera for a berth in the Main Draw of the third women's event on the 2004 Swatch-FIVB World Tour.

Australia's 22nd seeds Stacey Kloeden and Renae Maycock, who needed a victory in the country-quota play-offs Wednesday morning to advance into the first round of the Qualification Tournament, surprised eleventh-seeded South Africans Leigh-Ann Naidoo and Julia Willand to set up a clash with sixth seeds Laura Bruschini and Annamaria Solazzi from Italy in Thursday's second and last round of the Qualification Tournament.

Other teams making seed-breakthrough on Wednesday included 20th seeds Inguna Minusa/Inga Pulina from Latvia and Finland's 17th seeds Erika Nystrom/Emilia Nystrom, who eliminated Hungary's 13th seeds Krisztina Nagy/Anita Petho and Norway's 16th seeds Kristine Wiig/Cecilie Josefsen respectively.

Higher seeded players prevailed in Thursday's other action as top four seeds remained untouched.

The two-day Qualification Tournament will place the final eight teams in the Main Draw where 24 tandems are confirmed.

It is the first time that a World Tour event has been held in Jinshan and Shanghai. Located at the north bank of Hangzhou bay, southeast of Shanghai, Jinshan District is composed of 14 towns and one street with a population of 550,000.

With Brazil's world No. 1 tandem Ana Paula and Sandra Pires withdrawing from the $180,000 women's China Open, Tian Jia and Wang Fei will strive to win their third World Tour title together on home soil.