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All-American Final Set for Women's China Open
All-American Final Set for Women's China Open

SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 30, 2004 - Third seeds Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs and fourth seeds Jennifer Jordan and Annett Davis set up an All-American final at the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Women's China Open after respective victories in the semi-finals Sunday morning.

McPeak and Youngs, who finished second to Misty May and Kerri Walsh at the Hellas Open in Rhodes last week, stormed into the gold medal match without dropping a set after powering past ninth seeds Wang Lu and You Wenhui of China 21-16 and 21-15.

"We prepared very well for this event and we played very well in every match," said McPeak before approaching autograph seekers. "And Elaine played a dominant game."

Wang and You, whose previous best finish on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour was a fourth at the Indonesia Open last year, struggled with their serving and could hardly break through the 1.83-meter Youngs on the net.

With world No.1 tandem May and Walsh withdrawing from the third women's event on the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour, McPeak and Youngs were in a good position to win their first title this season and the fifth overall together.

"We will try to beat them (Jordan and Davis) in the final," said McPeak.

Jordan and Davis beat top seeds Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil 21-19 and 21-18 in the first semi-final match.

Down by one set and trailing 20-14 in the second, Adriana and Shelda withstood four match points on back of consecutive counter attacks to pull within 20-18. However, Jordan converted on the fifth with a smash.

"It's very exciting," said Davis. "They are a very good team and they can come back."

"I am very happy that we have qualified for the final," she added. "Whoever we will play in the final, it's going to be a very tough match."

Adriana and Shelda, who were upset by Wang and You on Saturday, will seek revenge over the Chinese in the bronze medal match.