FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour

Xiamen Open | 7 - 12 October 2014


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Czechs Bonnerova/Hermannova triumph over top seeds Juliana/Antonelli at Xiamen Open

Martina Bonnerová and Barbora Hermannová from Czech Republic beat favourites Juliana Felisberta Silva and Maria Antonelli from Brazil to proceed directly into round two knock-outs at the 2014 FIVB Xiamen Open

Xiamen, China, October 10, 2014 – Martina Bonnerová and Barbora Hermannová from Czech Republic upset top seeds Juliana Felisberta Silva and Maria Antonelli from Brazil winning 2-0 (21-13, 27-25) in their final pool match at the $150,000 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Xiamen Open. This is the third visit to China for the 2014 FIVB World Tour and the second consecutive year the tour has been to Xiamen.

Bonnerova/Hermannova began the day sitting just behind Juliana/Antonelli in Pool B with two wins each. The teams then faced each other in the pool decider with both pairs eager to win and earn a bye into round two knock-outs.

As the first set progressed the match began to attract the attention of more and more spectators on Xiamen’s Guanyinshan Gold Beach as the Czech pair began to take control. Under hot and windy conditions Bonnerova/Hermannova kept their cool to confidently take the first set.

Juliana/Antonelli had taken their time to find their game in the previous days’ pool match against Spain’s Angela Lobato Herrero and Paula Soria Gutiérrez, losing the first set 21-23, before pulling back the match to win 2-1 (21-23, 21-14, 15-13).

The Brazilians showed a similar trend in the second set utilising their power and experience to give the Czech girls a hard time. But for each powerful serve and athletic attack, Bonnerova/Hermannova gave exactly the same back, taking the win 2-0 (21-13, 27-25) and earning the rest of the day off.

“We are really feeling great because we have already played two times with them, both times with tie break and quite close. Now we wanted to finally win and in this big wind our serve worked against them so it was great,” said Hermannová.

“It feels really great to win against such a good team, number one of this tournament so it’s amazing for us that we made it,” said Bonnerová.

Bonnerova/Hermannova just missed out on the final four at the FIVB Anapa Open this year in their best ever World Tour performance.

“We said that we wanted to be top ten of better in this tournament so we will for sure try to win again and make some good success and results,” said Bonnerová

The wind has proved a challenge to all the competitors in Xiamen and each team has found their own way to adapt.

“We played mostly just close and not too high setting because in this wind it’s not possible. The most important is the serving as it’s really hard to receive it when someone has a good service,” said Bonnerová.

“In Czech there is no wind so we had to change our game totally,” said Hermannová.

Juliana/Antonelli also progress through to round two knock-outs on Saturday after beating China’s Lin Meimei and Tang Ningya in round one, 2-0 (21-17, 21-17).

Gallay/Klug aim for first ever final four

Argentina’s Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug are in fine form in Xiamen earning three straight wins and topping Pool C to enter directly into round two. Their third pool victory came against Russia’s Yulia Abalakina and Ksenia Dabizha in the heat of day.

After closing the first set 21-17, Gallay/Klug began to let the second set slip as Abalakina/Dabizha gave little away. The Argentinians were visibly more determined in the third set and ended the match quickly 2-1 (21-17, 16-21, 15-6).

“In the third set we came in with all our energy and focus to win and being first in the pool and thought only about this,” said Gallay.

“It was hot and windy and the Russian team played really well. We are really happy because it was a tough match and we had a really hard second set. It was really important for us to finish first in the pool in this tournament so we did it and we are really proud of ourselves,” said Klug.

Gallay/Klug have finished ninth in four FIVB Grand Slams in 2014. They finished fifth in the Puerto Vallarta Open and Fuzhou Open this year, but have yet to make it to an FIVB final four. The Argentinians have also posted some of their best results in Asia.

“We only want to win tomorrow, we don’t care who we have to play against but we really want to win and we are dreaming of a semifinal this tournament. We have never been in a semifinal on the world tour so we are really dreaming of a medal,” said Klug.

“We feel like we always talk about that since we started last year. We had good results playing in China and also in Thailand last year so Asia is good for us,” said Klug.

The FIVB Xiamen Open women’s medals winners will be decided on Sunday.

With the Grand Slam portion of the 2014 FIVB World Tour now complete, the tour continues after Xiamen with four double-gender FIVB Open events along with one men-only FIVB Open tournament. The tour will travel to Argentina for the FIVB Parana Open (Oct. 28-Nov. 2) before heading to Doha for the men-only FIVB Qatar Open (Nov. 4-8). India will then host the double-gender FIVB Vizag Open (Nov. 25-30), before the 2014 calendar comes to a close in South Africa with the double-gender FIVB Mangaung Open (Dec. 9-14).

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