FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Berlin GRAND SLAM | 6 - 11 août 2013

#BerlinGS


Press release

Big names off to strong start at Berlin smart Grand Slam


Bruno Schmidt (left) and Pedro Salgado finished day one of the Berlin smart Grand Slam with a brace of wins

Berlin, Germany, August 07, 2013 – The Berlin smart Grand Slam got underway on Wednesday with the men’s main draw and women’s qualification rounds. 

The men played the opening two matches in their main draw pool play, while eight women’s teams made it through to main draw pool play that begins on Thursday. 

First seeds Pedro Salgado and Bruno Oscar Schmidt enjoyed a successful day with a brace of victories, as did second seeds Aleksandrs Samoilovs and Janis Smedins of Latvia. 

In total eight teams qualified for the women’s main draw, with teams from Brazil, Canada, Austria, Argentina, Germany and Russia all reaching pool play. 

European champs off to a flying start

Newly crowned European champions Pablo Herrera and Adrian Gavira continued their rich vein of form with two wins from two. 

First off the Spanish pair defeated their compatriots Francisco Alfredo Marco and Christian Garcia 2-0 (21-16, 24-22) and then followed up with a 2-0 (21-14, 21-18) win over USA’s Ryan Doherty and Todd Rogers.

“I’m very happy with our work today,” Herrera said. “We came here from Klagenfurt (European Championships) and knew we had to really concentrate hard after a tough week there.” More

Brazilians and Canadians lead women’s qualification

Agatha Bednarczuk and Maria Antonelli made light work of the qualification round when they beat Takemi Nishibori and Sayaka Mizoe to be one of eight teams to reach the women’s main draw. 

The Brazilian pair beat their Japanese counterparts 2-0 (21-13, 21-18) in 33 minutes. 

“This is the first qualification tournament for Maria and me and we just focused on playing well,” Agatha said. “We didn’t give the other team any chances and I think we did what we had to do today.”

Joining them in pool play are Canada’s Jamie-Lynn Broder and Kristina Valjas, who beat Vasiliki Arvaniti and Panagiota Karagkouni of Greece. 
More

The Berlin smart Grand Slam is the seventh Grand Slam on the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour, which is comprised of 10 Grand Slam events and the 2013 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships. There are also eight Open events and while they are not part of the World Tour, they still count towards the FIVB World Rankings and help open the door for development of the sport. 

The tournament concludes with the women’s gold and bronze medal matches on Sunday August 11, while the men’s medal matches take place on Saturday August 10. 

FIVB homepage
FIVB Beach Volleyball homepage
FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour homepage
Berlin smart Grand Slam homepage

Download highresolution

| More

More press releases

   
12.08.2013 02:17:53
Double Brazilian joy rounds off Berlin smart Grand Slam

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima rounded off a good week for Brazil when they won the Berlin smart Grand Slam on Sund... More...

11.08.2013 17:38:53
Talita and Lima break German hearts with gold at Berlin smart Grand Slam

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Talita Antunes and Taiana Lima broke German hearts when they fought back from four match points down to beat Katrin... More...

11.08.2013 12:53:45
Berlin smart Grand Slam set for dream finale

Berlin, Germany, August 11, 2013 – Germany’s leading duo Katrin Holtwick and Ilka Semmler remain on course for their first FIVB Beach Volleyball World... More...

11.08.2013 09:01:26
World Tour leaders and home favourites in line for Berlin showdown

10.08.2013 20:36:19
Vitor Felipe and Evandro complete golden run at Berlin smart Grand Slam

10.08.2013 18:32:17
Slukova and Kolocova happy to be party poopers at Berlin smart Grand Slam

10.08.2013 17:36:31
Brink hopeful of 2013 return as Germany's golden pair celebrate London anniversary

09.08.2013 20:35:23
Men’s final four eye medals at Berlin smart Grand Slam

09.08.2013 20:08:07
Italian qualifiers keep up run to last four at Berlin smart Grand Slam

09.08.2013 18:56:44
Borger and Sude lead home charge at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 19:56:34
Russians and Brazilians set for early showdown at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 19:29:46
Kessy and Ross hit their stride as women get underway at Berlin smart Grand Slam

08.08.2013 17:32:10
World leaders roar into form at Berlin smart Grand Slam

07.08.2013 18:46:57
European champs continue good form at Berlin smart Grand Slam

07.08.2013 16:07:54
Brazilian pair don't hang around to reach main draw at Berlin smart Grand Slam

03.08.2013 16:12:02
Ricardo back for Berlin Grand Slam

18.06.2013 14:24:54
Spotlight back on Germany for FIVB Berlin Grand Slam