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From 26 May To 30 May 2004

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Chinese Upset Adriana/Shelda at Women's China Open
SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 29, 2004 - Ninth seeds Wang Lu and You Wenhui of China rallied past top seeds Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil 2-1 here on Saturday to remain unbeaten at the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Women's China Open.

The Chinese recorded their first victory over the Brazilians, top title favourites here in the absence of Ana Paula/Sandra Pires of Brazil and Misty May/Kerri Walsh of the United States, 15-21, 21-19 and 15-13.

"We lost to them 2-1 last year in the World Championship in Brazil, but we knew from there that we had a chance to win," said You Wenhui. "We are so excited because we have upset the top seeds."

Adriana and Shelda started strongly in the early match on Saturday as they eased to the victory in the first set on back of brilliant services. Roared by more than 3,000 home crowd gathering at the newly built Jinshan Beach Volleyball Complex, Wang and You improved their receiving in the second set and pulled it back at 1-1.

In the tiebreaker, Wang and You maintained a one-point lead from the start for their first match point at 14-13 and You converted it with a smart drop shot.

"We had some bad receives in the first set and got anxious," You said. "Fortunately we were able to calm down in the next two sets and get the win."

Wang and You, whose previous best finish on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour was a fourth at the Indonesia Open last year, kept a low tone after their third straight win at the $180,000 Women's China Open.

"It's still too early to talk about medals. We will just try to play our best, game by game," You added. "Although, the victory has greatly boosted our confidence."

Third seeds Holly McPeak/Elaine Youngs and fourth seeds Jennifer Jonnson/Annett Davis, both from the United States, marched on at the third women's event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour with respective victories in the third round of the winner's bracket Saturday morning.