Women's competition, Shanghai
From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Australian Second Seeds Crash Out Of Women's China Open
SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 28, 2004 - Second seeds Natalie Cook and Nicole Sanderson of Australia crashed out of the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Women's China Open on the opening day of the Main Draw here on Friday.

Following a 21-15 and 27-25 defeat to 15th seeds Tamara Peraza and Dalixia Grasset from Cuba, Cook and Sanderson went down against Brazil's 16th seeds Alexandra Silva and Monica Rodrigues 23-25, 21-18 and 15-13 Friday afternoon to be ousted from the double elimination tournament.

Home favourites Tian Jia and Wang Fei, 2-0 losers to 21st seeds Efthalia Koutroumanidou and Vassiliki Arvanity from Greece in the second round of the winner's bracket, survived elimination scare as they held off Greek duo Efrosyni Sfyri and Vassiliki Karadassiou 21-17, 20-22 and 15-12 in a lower bracket match Friday evening.

Tian and Wang's compatriots Wang Lu and You Wenhui scored two straight victories on Friday to set up a clash with top seeds Adriana Behar/Shelda Bede of Brazil on Saturday. Adriana Behar and Shelda had no great difficulties delivering Marie Lessard/Sarah Maxwell from Canada and Andrea Ahmann and Jana Vollmer of Germany.

Third seeds Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and fourth seeds Jennifer Jonnson/Annett Davis from the United States also gained tickets for Saturday's third round of the winner's bracket with a pair of victories. Other teams remaining unbeaten included Efthalia Koutroumanidou and Vassiliki Arvanity, sixth seeds Nicole Benoit and Simone Kuhn of Switzerland, Seventh seeds Suzanne Lahme/Danja Musch from Germany and 15th seeds Tamara Peraza and Dalixia Grasset from Cuba.

French qualifiers Claire Jaouen and Tatiana Riera continued their impressive performance at the third women's event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour by winning two of their three matches on Friday to stay in contention.

Eighteen matches will be played Saturday with four teams advancing to Sunday's semi-finals. The medal matches are set for Sunday afternoon at the Jinshan Beach Volleyball Complex with the winning team splitting the $27,000 first-place prize.

Following the Shanghai event, the women's SWATCH-FIVB Tour continues with a stop next week in Osaka (June 2-6). Other Olympic qualifying events prior to July 11 will be held in Switzerland, Germany and Norway.