Songkla, Thailand, April 15, 2004 - Title holders Kamolthip Kulna and Jarunee Sannok from Thailand have set their sights on avenging their defeat to China A's Xue Chen and Ren Zhengqing in the first leg in Thursday's semifinal clash of the fifth Samila Asian Beach Volleyball Tourament.
Kamolthip and Jarunee struggled but managed to reach to the last four after beating Japanese B's Ayako Inoue and Eiko Koizumi 21-12 18-21 15-12 in the quarterfinals earlier in the day.
With almost 400 local fans packing on to Samila Beach, Kamolthip and Jarunee shrugged off communication problems to clinch the crucial three set match.
"We made a lot of mistakes again in the second set but we have to give the credit to the Japanese. They played very well today," Kamolthip said. "Next round against the Chinese (Chen and Zhengqing), whom we lost to in last week's Loma Asian Tour Beach Volleyball Invitation in Phatthalung in the semi-final round, will be tough. They are so big and strong. Even having Jarunee as a reliable blocker, we still couldn't beat them so we'll try our best and see what we can do tomorrow (Friday)."
The other semifinal clash sees China B's Hong Lina and Yan Ni, who claimed the title in Loma last week, take on Indonesia's NiPutu Timmy Yudhani Rahayu and Siti Nurjanah.
In the men's event, Thailand's Thiti Thanapongsathon and Borworn Yungthin progressed to Thursday's last four after beating Kazakhstan's Kisselev Oleg and Zabuslayev Pavel 21-19 17-21 15-13.
They will meet China's Xu Qiang, who at only 20-year's-of-age stands at 2m and Xu Linyin, who won last week's event in Loma.
"They (the Chinese) are better than us physically," said 26-year-old Thiti. "We'll have an uphill task on Friday but we'll try our best".
The other semifinal match sees New Zealand's Kirk Pitman and Jason Lochhead take on Indonesia's Agus Salim and Koko Prasetyo Darkuncoro.