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Women's Brazil Open 2001  
Fortaleza, 30 Oct. - 4 Nov.

Shelda and Adriana reign supreme in Last women’s World Tour event of the year

Fortaleza, Brazil

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The podium

Jackie Silva

 

Shelda

 

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Fortaleza

500 miles northwest of Recife is Fortaleza, the capital of the state of Ceará, on the eastern Brazilian coast. .... More

 
 

Jackie Silva getting ready for 2002

1996 Olympic gold medallist and  FIVB Beach Volleyballer of the Decade, Jackie Silva, has teamed up with Brazilian volleyball sensation, Ana Margarida Alvares "Ida", to make an asault on the 2002 World Tour. Fortelaza, where they have been given a wild card, will be their first World Tour event together.

Silva: "We entered the 2001 Tour at the last minute to prepare ourselves for the next year. The Fortaleza event is very good because we will encounter players at our level. We will have to play aggressively because of the windy weather, but I believe we can offer a good performance".

Ida: "We have played together only about 10 matches but I am enjoying it very much".

 
 

Shelda and Adriana Behar

Going into the last event of the 2001 Beach Volleyball World Tour Brazilians Shelda Bruno and Adriana Behar, are in the unassailable position of topping the women's 2001 World Tour rankings - for the fifth consecutive season. 

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Shelda and Shaylyn

Two World Champions in the family

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Shelda, dual world champion, and her sister Shaylyn, who won the U21 world championship in August, will both feature in the main draw Fortaleza.

The first encounter of the two sisters happened last month, during the Fortaleza event of Banco do Brasil Circuit. Shelda and her partner Adriana won 2:0 (18-16, 18-14), but Shaylyn and her partner Tais gave it their best, taking the lead briefly in the second set. Shaylyn is partnering Maria Clara, who she won the U21 world championship with.

Shelda: "I am very happy that Shalyn will be playing on this last event of the Word Tour. If we have to play against each other, I am sure we will do it very professionally".

Shalyn: "Shelda has been my inspiration and she has helped me to get here. She watches my games and tell me what I am doing wrong. I'm very happy to compete in the same tournament with her. When we play against each other the family stays totally impartial. There is no support for one or another".

 

 

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Shelda and Adriana reign supreme

4 Nov -In an electric atmosphere created by 5000 enthusiastic fans, Adriana Behar and Shelda finished a perfect season with another gold medal in the last event of the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

Of the eleven events this season, the Brazilian pair won seven, finishing on top of the World Tour rankings for a record fifth consecutive year.

Undefeated up to the final, Holly McPeak and Kerri Walsh (USA) simply did not have enough in reserve to take on the Brazillians, the Fortaleza winds or the Fortaleza fans in Shelda’s hometown, going down in two sets 0:2 (19-21, 20-22) in 48 minutes.

After the match, Holly McPeak had nothing but complements for new partner. "She is only 23 and she is playing so good. We had an equal game but Adriana and Shelda were serving very well and that gave them a small advantage to win the match," she said.

Winning in front of a hometown crowd made the victory even sweeter for Shelda.

"This is the first time I win in my home town. The support from the crowd was fantastic and we were glad to reward them with the title. Adriana and I had a very good season and to finish here with gold was the best we could imagine,” said the Brazilian.

The win, their twenty-seventh international title, also gave Shelda and Adriana Behar another record--that of being the most winningest team in the FIVB World Tour history, with US$1,141,600 in career prize money.

For vetran Liz Masakayan, who announced her retirement after her semifinal win, it was also a sweet finish to the year and her marvellous career, Masakayan/Denecochea taking the bronze medal after defeating Leenstra/Kadijk (NED) 2-1 (22-20, 21-19) in 44 minutes.

"It was very important for me to get this first medal of the season in Brazil and to finish my participation on the world circuit on the podium", said Masakayan, who also won the MVP Speedo trophy for her performance in this event.

The women's events for the FIVB World Tour has been concluded with the final ranking being:

1. Adriana Behar/Shelda (BRA) 4002 points

2. Sandra Pires/Minello (BRA) 2880 points

3. Fontana/Youngs (USA) 2852 points

 

 

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McPeak/Walsh and Shelda/Adriana Behar to fight out final 

Liz Masakayan announces retirement

3 November, Fortaleza, Brazil

In front of a packed stadium in Saturday's semifinals, Holly McPeak and Kerri Walsh (USA) and Adriana Behar and Shelda (BRA) set up a classic encounter for Sunday's final match of the 2001 World Tour. 

The USA team had a close tussle against first-time semifinalists Marrit Leenstra and Rebekka Kadijk (NED), McPeak/Walsh finally taking the match 2-1 (21-12,17-21,15-9) in 52 minutes. 

In the second semifinal, world champions Adriana Behar and Shelda showed the class that has already won them six titles this year, having little difficulty disposing of Liz Masakayan and Dianne DeNecochea (USA) 2-0 (21-14, 25-23) in 43 minutes.

 Although Walsh and McPeak have secured a podium placement in this last event of the year, they were not satisfied with their performance and know they will have to improve to defeat the raining World Tour champions, Adriana Behar/Shelda. 

"McPeak was playing wonderfully, but I had problems with the serve. It wasn't very good today and we need to improve if we want this title," said Walsh. 

Shelda complained that the Fortaleza winds affected play, but she obviously had the earlier defeat against the US team on her mind. 

"We want to leave Fortaleza with another title so for tomorrow we must forget the defeat in our previous match against McPeak/Walsh. We really want to close the season with a gold and we will fight for that," she said.

 For the bronze medal match, Masakayan /DeNecochea will face Leenstra/Kadijk, the best finish this year for both teams.

Liz Masakayan, who dominated the sport with partner Karolyn "KK" Kirby in the early nineties, and has more than US$600,000 in career prize money, announced that this would be her last Word Tour Event. "My debut was in 1992, in Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) and I thought to say goodbye after 10 years, in Brazil as well".

 

 

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