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Myslowice Open | Women
  17/05/2011 - 22/05/2011

Top seeds advance at Myslowice Open

Fourth seeds Germany's Laura Ludwig (pictured) and Sara Goller beat Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Olga Matveeva of Spain in their opening main draw match
Myslowice, Poland, May 19, 2011 – Five of the top six seeds at the women’s Myslowice Open advanced to the third round of the winner’s bracket of the Main Draw on Thursday, highlighted by a stunning come-from-behind 2-1 (16-21, 21-11, 15-10) victory by German fourth seeds Laura Ludwig and Sara Goller over USA’s Kerri Walsh and Brittany Hochevar.

After beating Poland in their first match, number one seeds Talita and Antonelli of Brazil were pushed to three sets in their second match by Georgia’s Cristine Santanna/Andrezza Martins das Chagas before clinching the match 2-1 (21-17, 19-21, 15-12). The last time Talita and Antonelli were seeded first on the FIVB Swatch World Tour they won the Marseille Open in July last year.

World champions and second seeds Jennifer Kessy-Boss and April Ross from USA also advanced through the winner’s bracket after winning two straight matches for the first time this year with wins over Norway’s Kathrine Maaseide/Ingrid Torlen and Australia’s Becchara Palmer/Louise Bawden while Chinese third seeds Xue Chen and Zhang Xi lost their second game to Italian 14th seeds Greta Cicolari and Marta Menegatti 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 18-16).

But it was Ludwig and Goller who were celebrating an improved performance against Walsh and Hocevaar, particularly after dropping the first set and having earlier scrapped through their first match against Spain’s Liliana Fernandez Steiner and Olga Matveeva to win 2-1 (15-21, 21-16, 15-10).

"After the first set, I wasn’t so worried. We had a good idea of how to beat them and up until then our game wasn’t how it should be,” Goller said. "The first set was OK but we made too many errors with our sideout. As the match went on we served better and Laura made some fantastic plays on defence.

"They are a really strong team. Kerri’s block is the big weapon while Brittany can spike as the best of them but we knew we had the tools to beat them."

Two Brazilian teams joined one from China, Austria and the Netherlands in the third round. Eight teams, including two from USA, one from the Czech Republic and Brazil, all with one loss each, will play in the losers bracket. Eight teams were eliminated in the first day of play in the Main Draw, including three from Poland. Mexico’s Bibiana Candelas/Mayra Garcia, one of the eliminated teams, said they were proud to represent their country despite going out on the first day of the main draw.

“We have to improve our passing, this is not very good. We were attacking aggressively and we were defending. Our receiving caused us to lose points,” Candelas said.

The Myslowice Open, which takes place May 17 to 22, is the second single-gender event on this year’s circuit and the fourth overall for women after stops in Brasilia, Sanya and Shanghai.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011, the international beach volleyball circuit is in Myslowice for the fourth consecutive season and the eighth straight year in Poland. The Myslowice Open, being played at the Summer Sports Resort, will be the second time and first since 2008 that a women’s FIVB Swatch World Tour event will be held in the southwestern Polish community. It is also the seventh time in the last six years that the women will play in Poland.

The second FIVB Swatch World Tour event in Poland for the fourth consecutive year will be the $600,000 Mazuri Orlen Grand Slam to be held from July 25 to 31 in Stare Jablonki. The Stare Jablonki event is the fifth of six double-gender Grand Slam events on the 2011 FIVB Swatch World Tour schedule.

While the women compete in Myslowice, the men will take part in the Prague Open in the Czech Republic from Tuesday to Sunday.
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