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

Top three Silesia Open undefeated

Polish team Maciej Kosiak (left) and Mariusz Prudel on centre court against the French Ces-brothers
Myslowice, Poland, April 26, 2012 - The top three seeded teams at the FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour Silesia Open remained undefeated on the first day of main draw competition in Myslowice, Poland. Brazil’s Pedro Cunha and Ricardo Santos, Americans Matt Fuerbringer and Nick Lucena and Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira from Spain all won their first and second round matches in straight sets on Thursday.

Also without set loss were USA’s Jakob Gibb and Sean Rosenthal and Dutch team Reinder Nummerdor and Richard Schuil. Brazil’s Marcio Araujo and Pedro Solberg, the French brothers Andy and Kevin Ces, Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst complete the eight teams that will start in round three on Friday. Sixteen other teams still have a chance to make it to the semifinals in the loser’s bracket.

Mariusz Prudel and his temporary partner Maciej Kosiak were one of two Polish teams to survive the first day of main draw in a sunny Slupna Park. Their first match against Ces/Ces was very close, 17-21 22-20 16-18, but lost. Young Kosiak, despite being the reigning world champion under 19, had some trouble getting his nerves under control on a roaring centre court. ‘’This first game went a little bit out of control, though we could have won that tie-break. I was stressed, because that is my first main draw, I only played in qualification two years ago. Also I was very nervous playing with Mariusz, an olympic player and my idol. But Mariusz is a very out-going person, he helps me a lot during each game and outside the court, that motivates me a lot.’’

Kosiak, who replaces Prudel’s injured partner Grzegorz Fijalek, shook off his jitters after that. With the help of numerous enthousiastic spectators they upset 8th seeded Germans David Klemperer and Eric Koreng, who lost their first match (12-21 21-19 7-15) to Alexey Sidorenko and Alexandr Dyachenko from Kazachstan. Prudel and Kosiak lost the first set to the Germans, and almost lost the second as well, serving in the net twice at set points, but a few mistakes from the German team got them a tie-break after all. By that time hard hitting Kosiak really got into the match and after 56 minutes the victory was Poland’s: 17-21 24-22 15-12.

Austria’s Clemens Doppler and Alexander Horst had another excellent day, after playing qualifications on Wednesday. They are a new team but not new to the World Tour. Doppler (31) is a two times European Champion and has been playing on the Tour since 1998, Horst (29) since 2004 and he finished fifth at the Olympics in Beijing in 2008 with Florian Gosch. Both players were in search of a new partner. Horst: ‘’Everyone, including the newspapers, said we were perfect for each other and we should form a team and finally we did.’’ And here in Myslowice it seems to be a smooth combination as well, despite Doppler having to change from defence to blocking and from right to left.

Because there are not enough points between them they had to start their first tournament in qualification. They showed immediately that they did not belong there, they advanced in straight sets to main draw and marched on to round three on Thursday. On their way they defeated Brazil’s Vitor Felipe and Moises Santos (21-8 18-21 15-7) and Martins Plavins and Janis Smedins from Latvia (21-8 21-16). Horst: ‘’We hope to be able to start solidly in main draw on the World Tour as soon as possible, also we aim for the Olympics. Our only possibility, because we can not make the required 12 tournaments, is through the Continental Cup, and we are already in that final. But if we do not make it, we will go for sure for Rio in 2016.’’

Pedro Cunha and 2004 olympic champion Ricardo Santos, bronze medallists in Brasilia last week, had two steady victories over young Polish Michal Bryl (17) and Maciej Rudol (18) (21-15 21-17) and Switzerland’s Sascha Heyer and Sebastian Chevallier (21-18 21-18). They play Ces and Ces in round 3. Second seeded Fuerbringer en Lucena, who were losing finallists in Brasilia, beat Dutch Jon Stiekema and Christiaan Varenhorst (21-12 21-14) and China’s Penggen Wu and Linyin Xu (21-16 22-20). The Americans are up against another Dutch team, Nummerdor and Schuil, on Friday. Spain’s Herrera and Gavira, seeded third, sent Canada’s Josh Binstock and Martin Reader (21-16 25-23) and Tarjei Skarlund and Martin Spinnangr (21-18 21-17) to the loser’s bracket and will play Brazil’s Marcio and Pedro in round 3.

The double elimination main draw in Myslowice continues on Friday with two rounds and three rounds in the loser’s bracket. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, the medal matches will be played on Sunday. The winners of the $190.000 Silesia Open split $30.000, the runners-up $21.000 and $15.000 goes to the bronze medallists.

The Silesia Open is the second event on the 14 event men’s calendar and the first of three men’s only stops. The women compete in Sanya, China this same week. After that both men and women will travel to Shanghai (April 30-May 6) for the first grand slam of 2012. The World Tour will return to Poland after the Olympics for the Grand Slam in Stare Jablonski (August 13-19).   
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