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SWATCH WORLD TOUR 2011

Brasilia Open | Men
  18/04/2011 - 23/04/2011

 
PRESS RELEASE
Duos from 36 nations braced for Brasilia Open

USA's Todd Rogers, left, receives the Mikasa from Phil Dalhausser. The defending World Tour champions head a talented field at the 2011 season-opening Brasilia Open, which begins on Sunday.
     
 

Brasilia, Brazil, April 15, 2011 – Led by defending champions Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers of the United States and Juliana Felisberta Silva and Larissa Franca of Brazil, a total of 79 men's and 61 women's teams from 36 countries have officially entered the season-opening event on the 2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour calendar in Brazil.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, the international beach volleyball circuit begins for the third consecutive season with the US$380,000 Brasilia Open which takes place from Sunday through to next Saturday on the Esplanada dos Ministerios in Quadrante 1 in the Brazilian capital, which marks its own 51st anniversary on the fifth day of competition. The tournament will be the first of 12 double-gender events on the 2011 schedule.

During the April 21 Brasilia anniversary celebrations, crowds of more than one million people are expected to attend various holiday activities surrounding the FIVB Swatch World Tour event. Brazil has staged a World Tour event every year since the start of the international series for men in 1987 and women in 1992. This will be the 33rd World Tour event for men and 28th for women that Brazil has staged.

Countries with teams officially entered in the Brasilia double-gender tournament are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Chile, Czech Republic, Columbia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.

The top women's team heading into the 2011 campaign are Brazil's reigning World Tour champions Juliana and Larissa, who are the all-time FIVB career gold-medal winners for women with 36. In 2010, Juliana/Larissa combined to win seven gold medals, having previously captured the season title in 2009 with an FIVB-record eight gold medals. Juliana/Larissa won the World Tour crown in five of the last six years. They have also won the gold medal in the last three FIVB season-openers and in five of the last six years.

Possibly the biggest story line in Brasilia will be the reunion of two-time Olympic gold-medal winners Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh of the United States. As a team, May-Treanor/Walsh have earned 35 career FIVB gold medals with May-Treanor winning five golds previously in Brazil, including four with Walsh. The dynamic duo have also won a silver and a bronze in Brazil together with Walsh claiming another silver medal with a different partner.

May-Treanor/Walsh have not played together internationally since winning their second Olympic gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Walsh sat out the majority of the last two seasons after having children. May-Treanor missed the 2009 season with an Achilles tendon injury and played much of last year's World Tour with Nicole Branagh. Together, May-Treanor/Walsh have won 99 pro beach volleyball tournaments.

0ther 2010 gold-medal teams besides Brazil's Juliana/Larissa, returning for this season are two-time winners Jennifer Kessy and April Ross of USA, China's Chen Xue and Xi Zhang, who earned three gold medals in 2010, and Brazil's Maria Antonelli and Talita Antunes, who posted one victory. USA's Branagh, who won one event last year with Walsh, will be competing with Angie Akers, who was seventh on the tour last year with Tyra Turner, absent this year due to pregnancy. Kessy/Ross also won the last FIVB Swatch World Championships, in 2009 in Stavanger, Norway.

Besides Dalhausser and Rogers, the men's event also features the 2009 world champions Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann of Germany. Brink/Reckermann also won the season title in 2009. This year’s FIVB Swatch World Championships will be held June 13-19 in Rome. Dalhausser/Rogers, who have 17 career World Tour gold medals as a tandem, earned their first championship in 2010 by winning an FIVB-record nine gold medals in the 12 events they entered. The Americans started their golden season with a victory in last year's Brasilia Open.

Second place last year for the season and in Brasilia went to Alison Cerutti and Emanuel Rego of Brazil. Emanuel, who turns 38 today (April 15), is a four-time Olympian with a record 69 FIVB gold medals along with a record US$2,081,535 in career FIVB earnings. Emanuel has played 12 FIVB tournaments with Alison, 25, and the duo have earned eight final four appearances and seven medals.

Other 2010 gold medal men’s teams who will be competing in 2011 are two-time event winners Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu of China and Casey Jennings/Kevin Wong of the US. Harley Marques and Pedro Salgado of Brazil had one win last year but will be with different partners this year. Harley is paired with Thiago Barbosa Santos and Salgado is teamed with Pedro Cunha to give Brazil two more formidable teams. Harley, 36, who has 16 FIVB gold medals and finished eighth last year after winning the tour title in 2008 with Salgado, is set to play in 2011 with Thiago, 28, who finished 14th last year with Cunha.

The gold-medal teams in both genders in Brasilia will each split US$30,000, with US$21,000 to the silver medallists and US$15,000 for bronze. Here are the official entries as of April 15:

2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour
Men's Brasilia Open entries (as of 15/4/11)
Men's Main Draw entries, country:
Marcio Araujo/Ricardo Santos, Brazil
Alison Cerutti/Emanuel Rego, Brazil
Pedro Cunha/Pedro Salgado, Brazil
Harley Marques/Thiago Santos Barbosa, Brazil
Penggen Wu/Linyin Xu, China
Andy Ces/Kevin Ces, France
Renato "Geor" Gomes/Jorge "Gia" Terceiro, Georgia
Julius Brink/Jonas Reckermann, Germany
Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif, Germany
Jonathan Erdmann/Kay Matysik, Germany
Matteo Ingrosso/Paolo Ingrosso, Italy
Aleksandrs Samoilovs/Ruslans Sorokins, Latvia
Emiel Boersma/Daan Spijkers, Netherlands
Reinder Nummerdor/Richard Schuil, Netherlands
Jason Lochhead/Kirk Pitman, New Zealand
Tarjei Skarlund/Martin Spinnangr, Norway
Grzegorz Fijalek/Mariusz Prudel, Poland
Adrian Gavira Collado/Pablo Herrera, Spain
Jefferson Bellaguarda/Patrick Heuscher, Switzerland
Martin Laciga/Jonas Weingart, Switzerland
Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers, United States
Matt Fuerbringer/Nick Lucena, United States
Jake Gibb/Sean Rosenthal, United States
Casey Jennings/Kevin Wong, United States

Men's Qualification Tournament entries, country:
Ignacio Batallan/Gabriel Fernandez, Argentina
Ian Mehamed/Juan Zorilla, Argentina
Christopher McHugh/Joshua Slack, Australia
Sam Boehm/Isaac Kapa, Australia
Josef Buchner/Florian Schnetzer, Austria
Alexander Huber/Robin Seidl, Austria
Daniel Hupfer/Helmut Moser, Austria
Michael Leeb/Jorg Wutzl, Austria
Ward Coucke/Tom Van Walle, Belgium
Audry Frankart/Christophe Van de Plas, Belgium
Bruno de Paula/Fernando Magalhaes, Brazil
Rhooney Ferramenta/Moises Santos, Brazil
Evandro Goncalves/Rodrigo Monteiro, Brazil
Benjamin Insfran/Bruno Oscar Schmidt, Brazil
Felipe Rodrigues/Franco Neto, Brazil
Joao Maciel/Fabio Luiz Magalhães, Brazil
Fred Souza/Roberto Pitta, Brazil
Josh Binstock/Richard Van Huizen, Canada
Maverick Hatch/Sam Schachter, Canada
Esteban Grimalt/Marco Grimalt, Chile
Guillermo Jimenez/Yussef Manzur, Chile
Cheng Chen/Peng Gao, China
Jan Dumek/Martin Tichy, Czech Republic
Oliver Venndt Kaszas/Sebastian Venndt Kaszas, Denmark
Karl Jaani/Rivo Vesik, Estonia
John Garcia-Thompson/Steven Grotowski, Great Britain
John Gooding/Gregg Weaver, Great Britain
Markus Bockermann/Mischa Urbatzka, Germany
Thomas Kaczmarek/Alexander Walkenhorst, Germany
Georgios Kotsilianos/Nikos Zoupanis, Greece
Fernandos Billiris/Emmanouil Xenakis, Greece
Daniele Lupo/Paolo Nicolai, Italy
Alex Ranghieri/Matteo Varnier, Italy
Cavaliere Rodolfo/Giorgio Zauli, Italy
Keisuke Imai/Katsuhiro Shiratori, Japan
Yoshiumi Hasegawa/Shinya Inoue, Japan
Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko, Kazakhstan
Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen, Netherlands
Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst, Netherlands
Oivind Hordvik/Iver Horrem, Norway
Geir Eithun/Vegard Hoidalen, Norway
Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz, Poland
Andrey Belov/Ruslan Dayanov, Russia
Yury Bogatov/Alexey Pastukhov, Russia
Serguei Prokopiev/Konstantin Semenov, Russia
Christian Garcia/Alfredo Marcos, Spain
Hannes Brinkborg/Stefan Gunnarsson, Sweden
Philip Gabathuler/Jan Schnider, Switzerland
Murat Giginoglu/Hakan Gogtepe, Turkey
Volkan Gogtepe/Selcuk Sekerci, Turkey
Brad Keenan/Casey Patterson, United States
Guillermo Williman/Nicolas Zanotta, Uruguay
Cesar Castro/Fernando Ramos, Venezuela
Jackson Henriquez/Farid Mussa, Venezuela
Igor Hernandez/Jesus Villafane, Venezuela
2011 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour -

Women's Brasilia Open entries (as of 15/4/11)
Women's Main Draw entries, country:
Natalie Cook/Tara West, Australia
Barbara Hansel/Sara Montagnolli, Austria
Doris Schwaiger/Stefanie Schwaiger, Austria
Juliana Felisberta Silva/Larissa Franca, Brazil
Maria Antonelli/Talita Antunes, Brazil
Vivian Cunha/Taiana Lima, Brazil
Carolina Salgado/Maria Clara Salgado, Brazil
Chen Xue/Xi Zhang, China
Lenka Hajeckova/Hana Klapalova, Czech Republic
Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova, Czech Republic
Emilia Nystrom/Erika Nystrom, Finland
Andrezza "Rtvelo" Martins/Cristine "Saka" Santanna, Georgia
Sara Goller/Laura Ludwig, Germany
Katrin Holtwick/Ilka Semmler, Germany
Jana Kohler/Julia Sude, Germany
Vassiliki Arvaniti/Maria Tsiartsiani, Greece
Elisa Cella/Valeria Rosso, Italy
Greta Cicolari/Marta Menegatti, Italy
Madelein Meppelink/Marloes Wesselink, Netherlands
Sanne Keizer/Marleen Van Iersel, Netherlands
Simone Kuhn/Nadine Zumkehr, Switzerland
Angie Akers/Nicole Branagh, United States
Jennifer Kessy/April Ross, United States
Misty May-Treanor/Kerri Walsh, United States

Women's Qualification Tournament entries, country:
Gabriela Albano/Luciana Forguez, Argentina
Ana Gallay/Virginia Zonta, Argentina
Louise Bawden/Becchara Palmer, Australia
Tamsin Hinchley (Barnett)/Alice Rohkamper, Australia
Sabrina Csrnko/Tatiana Csrnko, Austria
Shaylyn Bede/Vanilda Leão, Brazil
Agatha Bednarczuk/Luiza Amelia Ramos, Brazil
Izabel Bezerra/Elize Maia Secomandi, Brazil
Ana Paula Henkel (Connelly)/Renata Ribeiro, Brazil
Priscilla Lese Lima/Angela Vieira, Brazil
Luana Madeira/Liliane Maestrini, Brazil
Raquel Pellucci/Semirames Perazzo, Brazil
Evelina Tcholakova/Maria Todorova, Bulgaria
Julie Rodrigue/Kacie MacTavish, Canada
Ying Huang/Yuan Yue, China
Fan Wang/Changning Zhang, China
Andrea Galindo/Claudia Galindo, Columbia
Geeske Banck/Anja Gunther, Germany
Karla Borger/Britta Buthe, Germany
Stefanie Huttermann/Anni Schumacher, Germany
Lucy Boulton/Denise Johns, Great Britain
Zara Dampney/Shauna Mullin, Great Britain
Daniela Gioria/Giulia Momoli, Italy
Ayumi Kusano/Mutsami Ozaki, Japan
Takemi Nishibori/Satoko Urata, Japan
Roos Van der Hoeven/Jantine Van der Vlist, Netherlands
Ragnhild Aas/Janne Kongshavn, Norway
Monika Brzostek/Kinga Kolosinska, Poland
Karolina Sowala/Katarzyna Urban, Poland
Ekaterina Khomyakova/Anna Vozakova, Russia
Elizaveta Ryabova/Maria Ushkova, Russia
Alexandra Shiryaeva/Ekaterina Syrtseva, Russia
Evgenia Ukolova/Anastasia Vasina, Russia
Erika Fabjan/Simona Fabjan, Slovenia
Lauren Fendrick/Brooke Hanson, United States
Jennifer Fopma/Brittany Hochevar, United States
Orquidea Vera/Ahizar Zuniaga, Venezuela

  
 
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