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Strong teams remain on course while home hopes for men’s teams dashed in Samila Asian Beach Volleyball Tour

Mizoe Sayaka of Japan 1 tries to keep the ball rolling in their match against the Australia 1 team

Songkhla, Thailand, April 15, 2014 - The 2012 Asian Beach Games winners Tanarattha Udomchavee and Varapatsorn Radarong were the only team to keep the host nation’s medal hopes alive after all the other men's teams crashed out of the Samila-Chang Asian Beach Volleyball Tour on Tuesday.

Tanarattha/Varapatsorn (Thailand 1) – who could not go the distance at the last week's Khanom meet in Nakhon Si Thammarat following their bitter loss to Nicole Laird/Mariafe Artacho (Australia 1) in the semi-final clash – stand a good chance of avenging that disappointment when they powered their way to the semi-finals on Tuesday, where they will challenge the same Australian rivals.

Tanarattha and Varapatsorn performed superbly to beat Indians Maheshwari Jayaraman/Venkata Karri Veera in effortless straight sets 2-0 (21-6, 21-7) in 28 minutes on Tuesday. The well-trained Thais went on to beat Usa Tenpaksee/Yupa Phokongploy (Thailand 3) 2-1 (21-17, 20-22, 15-10) in an all-Thai affair.

Laird/Artacho (Australia 1) outclassed Ayumi Kusano/Fujii Sakurako (Japan 2) 2-0 (21-16, 21-11) before trouncing another Japanese side, Takemi Nishibori/Mizoe Sayaka (Japan 1) 2-1 (21-17, 21-15) in their second clash.

As Australia 1 set up the first semi-final match against Thailand 1, the other semis see Vanuatu's Elwin Miller/Latika Henriette, winners at the last week's Khanom meet, go up against  Juliana Dhita/Dini Yashita Utami Putu (Indonesia 1).

The Vanuatu tandem, who are competing in Thailand for the first time, have yet to lose a set to their respective rivals at the Samila meet. The formidable Miller/Henriette on Tuesday defeated Thanh Loan Ngo Vo/Tran Thi Trong (Vietnam 1) in straight sets 2-0 (21-10, 21-17) before beating  Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak 2-0 (21-18, 21-5) of Thailand 2.

Dhita/Utami Putu (Indonesia 1) were also on impressive form. They displayed an improved performance after a despairing performance at last week's Khanom meet. Brushing off Julia Tilley/Shaunna Polley (New Zealand 1) 2-0 (21-18, 21-10), the Indonesians stunned  Tatyana Mashkova/Irina Tsimbalova (Kazakhstan 1) in a hard-fought three-setter 2-1 (17-21, 22-20, 15-11).

In the men's category,  Tiago De J Santos/Pereira Santos (Qatar 1), fresh from winning the Khanom meet last week, remained in indomitable form, beating  Sandun Madushnka Andibudge/Supun Dileka Fenando Weerakonda Arachchige (Sri Lanka 2) in a completely one-sided battle 2-0 (21-11, 21-9) in 27 minutes. The Qataris later beat Sam Boehm/Cole Durant (Australia 1) in a hotly-contested battle 2-0 (24-22, 21-19).

In Wednesday's quarter-finals, the Qataris will go up against Vladislav Pustynnikov/Sergey Bogatu (Kazakhstan 2). 

The highly-experienced  Alexandr Dyachenko/Alexey Sidorenko (Kazakhstan 1), silver medallists at the Khanom meet last week, beat two home teams. They first defeated Kittipat Yungtin/Chutipong Sukarayotin (Thailand 2) 2-0 (21-18, 21-16) before sinking Thai hearts by beating Sittichai Sangkhachot/Prathip Sukto of Thailand 1 in a gruelling three-set clash 2-1 (21-13, 13-21, 15-9) in 51 minutes. 

In the other quarterfinal encounters on Wednesday, Dyachenko/Sidorenko (Kazakhstan 1) will take on Roufi Rahman/Salemiinjehboroun Bahman (Iran 2), while  Farrokhi/Parviz (Iran 1) challenge Joshua Court/Damien Schumann (Australia 2) and Ageda Yuya/Yoshiumi Hasegawa (Japan 1) will play  Ben O'Dea/Thomas Hartles (New Zealand 1).

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