Beijing, China, May 9, 2012 — Country quota winners Pedro Solberg Salgado and Marcio Henrique Barroso Araujo of Brazil went on to claim two straight victories in the qualification round at the Chaoyang Park here on Wednesday to lead eight teams from seven countries into the men’s Main Draw of the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball Swatch World Tour Beijing Grand Slam.
Pedro/Marcio Araujo needed two tough battles to eliminate Poland’s Piotr Kantor/Bartosz Losiak 21-19, 26-28 and 15-13 and Alexander Brouwer/Robert Meeuwsen of the Netherlands 24-22, 21-23 and 15-12.
“The matches are really tough, our opponents are big and tall, it’s not easy for us,” said Marcio Araujo after the one-hour marathon match against Brouwer/Meeuwsen. “It’s very important for us to win this match and make it to the Main Draw.”
“We felt much better than yesterday and I think the victories gave us more confidence in the Main Draw,” he added.
Seven other teams including two from Germany also emerged as winners from the 32-team men’s qualification tournament.
Germany’s Eric Koreng/David Klemperer had no great difficulties posting consecutive straight set wins over Ben O’Dea/Sam O’Dea from New Zealand and Norway’s Iver Andreas Horrem/Geir Eithun while their countrymen Sebastian Dollinger/Stefan Windscheif scored two 2-1 victories in a row against Fabien Dugrip/Yannick Salvetti of France and Poland’s Michal Kadziola/Jakub Szalankiewicz.
Other teams advancing to the men’s Main Draw are Aleksandrs Samoilous/Ruslans Sorokins (Latvia), Clemens Doppler/Alexander Horst (Austria), Sam Boehm/Isaac Kapa (Australia), Karl Janni/Rivo Vesik (Estonia) and Jon Stiekema/Christiaan Varenhorst (Netherlands).
Feature Beijing Olympic champions Phil Dalhausser/Todd Rogers of the Untied States, the men’s Main Draw tournament will start on Thursday. Thirty-two teams will play a single round robin in eight groups with top three finishers from each group to advance to the 24-team knockout stage.
Dalhausser/Rogers, who were crowned four years ago at the Chaoyang Park, will seek their third title of the season following successful journeys to the Brasilia Open and Shanghai Grand Slam.
The Chinese capital is welcoming back international beach volleyball for the second straight year since the 2008 Olympic Games and the $600,000 Beijing Grand Slam is the fourth event on the 2012 FIVB Beach Volleyball SWATCH World Tour for both men and women.
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