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Silesia Open | Men
  24/04/2012 - 29/04/2012

Dutch day in Myslowice

Dutch Alexander Brouwer (left) and Robert Meeuwsen advanced to main draw at the Silesia Open in straight sets
Myslowice, Poland, April 25, 2012 – Slupna Park turned orange for a moment at the end of the second day of the $190.000 Silesia Open. The Netherlands advanced two teams to the main draw of the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH Word Tour event in the Polish town of Myslowice on Wednesday. Teams from Sweden, Russia, Austria, France, Canada and Norway also earned a spot in Thursday’s main draw competition.

Dutch Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst, seeded 15th, upset second seeded Sebastian Dollinger and Stefan Windscheif in the third and final round of the qualification tournament in just two sets. The Dutch put the pressure on right from the start and were leading five points. Germany fought back, but had to let go at 21-19. The teams were head-to-head till 8-8 in the second set until the Germans started to make mistakes, hitting the Mikasa out or in the block. After only 31 minutes 21-19 21-13 was written on the score sheet.

Stiekema and Varenhorst also won in straight sets in the first two rounds, beating Poland’s Kmiecek/Bernat (21-9 21-7) and Germany’s Kaczmarek/Walkenhorst (21-15 21-11). ‘’We had an excellent winter, training hard. We have improved a lot. For me, as a tall guy, it is important that I hit the ball as high as possible and we also worked on our defence’’, Varenhorst said. ‘’But also, I have realized the right mind and attitude is just as important.’’

Their compatriots Alexander Brouwer and Robert Meeuwsen also cruised through qualifications in straight set, but had a bye in the first round. After they defeated China’s Jian Li and Shun Zhou 21-15 21-17 in the second round, they overpowered Venezuela’s Farid Mussa and Jackson Henriquez in the first set (21-13) in just 14 minutes, due to Brouwer’s strong jump serve. In the second set Brouwer changed to a float serve. ‘’That, and Mussa stepping up his serving, got us in trouble. But we made it eventually’’, Brouwer said. They won 21-13 23-21 in 34 minutes.

Twenty-two-year-old Brouwer visits Myslowice for the third time and has fond memories of the Polish town. In 2007 he finished fifth with Christiaan Varenhorst at the World Championship under 19 and in 2010 he played country quota at the World Tour event in Myslowice. ‘’I am glad we are in the main draw now, that is our goal every tournament, but it remains a struggle every time. We did not make it to a Grand Slam main draw yet, so that will be another goal this year.’’ As for the Olympics, Brouwer does not want to think about the very small chance they have to make it to London. ”We would rather look towards Rio in 2016.”

Other teams that earned a spot in main draw, also winning in straight sets, were third seeded Hannes Brinkborg and Stefan Gunnarsson from Sweden, and fourth seeded Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst from Austria. Russia’s Yury Bogatov and Dmitri Barsouk, Norway’s Iver Andreas Horrem and Geir Eithun, Canada’s Josh Binstock and Martin Reader and the fifth seeded French brothers Andy and Kevin Ces complete the eight teams that earned a spot in main draw.

Binstock and Reader, only playing their second tournament as a team, had a spectacular win over Brazil’s Harley Marques and Evandro Goncalves in just two sets: 29-27 24-22. Another upset was the elimination of first seeded Bo Soderberg and Anders Lund Hoyer. They were defeated by a new Austrian team, Thomas Kunert and Lorenz Petutschnig, in the second round in three sets (17-21 23-21 15-9). The Austrians did not make it to the main draw though, losing to Bogatov/Barsouk in the final round. Host country Poland had four teams in the qualification tournament, but none of them reached the main draw, so only three pre-seeded Polish teams are playing in the main draw competition.

The main draw matches in Myslowice start at 10.00 on Thursday. Brazil’s Ricardo Santos and Pedro Cunha, third in Brasilia last week, are leading the field, followed by USA’s Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena and Spain’s Adrian Gavira and Pablo Herrera. The Spanish won the bronze medal two years ago in Myslowice. The Polish mining town is hosting a SWATCH FIVB World Tour event for the fifth time straight. This is the third men’s only edition after 2009 and 2010. In 2008 and 2011 it was a women’s only event.   
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