SHANGHAI, CHINA, May 30, 2004 - Third seeds Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs beat fourth seeds Jennifer Jordan and Annett Davis in an all-American final in straight sets to win the 2004 SWATCH-FIVB World Tour Women's China Open without dropping one set.
McPeak and Youngs, who finished second to Misty May and Kerri Walsh at the Hellas Open in Rhodes last week, sailed past Jordan and Davis 21-17 and 21-13 in light rain at the Jinshan Beach Volleyball Complex before an over-flowing of 4,000 for their first title on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour this season and fifth overall together.
With her 67th victory at international stage, McPeak also tied the record of most career wins, the longest-standing record in Beach Volleyball, held by Karolyn Kirby of the United States.
"We had a great week," said McPeak before the awarding ceremony. "Elaine did a lot of blockings in every match, which made my job much more easier."
McPeak and Youngs also improved their chances of qualifying for the Athens Olympics with their sixth straight win at the $180,000 Women's China Open.
"It's a huge win," said the 1.83-meter Youngs. "We are very happy to win against Jordan and Davis, because we are competing for the second spot of the United States in the Athens against them."
The United States will have two teams in the Athens Beach Volleyball tournament and world No. 1 tandem May and Walsh have already secured one ticket.
McPeak and Youngs shared the $27,000 first-place prize while Jordan and Davis split $18,000 for the silver medal finish.
Earlier on Sunday, top seeds Adriana Behar and Shelda Bede of Brazil beat Chinese ninth seeds Wang Lu and You Wenhui 24-22 and 21-17 to win the bronze medal. Shelda also captured the prize for the fastest server.
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.