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Qatari tandems reach quarterfinals at Songkhla

Julio Do Nascimento of Qatar celebrate in the Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships at Samila Beach
Songkhla, Thailand, April 15, 2017 – Qatar’s Julio Do Nascimento/Ahmed Tijan Janko and Jefferson Santos Pereira/Cherif Younousse extended their winning streak to reach the quarterfinals of the SMM 18th Asian Senior Beach Volleyball Championships at Samila Beach on Saturday.

Julio/Ahmed dazzled with a 2-0 (21-15, 21-11) win over China’s Li Zhuoxin/W. Zhou, while Jefferson/Cherif endured the standoff to win 2-1 (21-12, 16-21, 15-10).

The Qataris are pitted against the Indonesians in the quarterfinal double-heade. Julio Ahmed will play Gilang/Danang, while Jefferson/Cherif will go up against Candra Rachmawan/Mohammad Asfiya.

“We had a tough match against Japan today,” Jefferson said. “We just completed the last tournament at Satun and it was very difficult for us to go to the quarterfinals. We have to save some energy for the next round.

“The team with the most energy left in their tanks will win this tournament because all teams are now very exhausted. Our patience was the key to our victory. We started well in the first set but we missed some easy balls in the next. We stopped doing the same mistakes and then we won.”

Men’s top seeds Chris McHugh/Damien Schumann recorded a 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) win over Japan’s Takumi Takahashi/Katsuhiro Shiratori, then take on Thailand’s Nuttanon Inkeaw/Sedtawat Padsawub in the quarterfinals.

Ha Likejiang/Bao Jian of China and Rahman Raoufi/Bahman Salemi Injeboron of Iran also won over their rivals to complete the quarterfinals roster.

Meanwhile, another Australian pair is on a roll in the women’s tournament. Louise Bawden/Taliqua Clancy cruised to the quarterfinals following their straight set win over Hasegawa/Futami of Japan. The Australians will have a quarterfinals face-off with New Zealand’s Shaunna Polley/Kelsie Wills, who trounced Kazakhstan’s Tsimbalova/Nikitina 2-0 (21-16, 21-14).

“We are happy to play New Zealand in the quarterfinals. We played them last time so we have a little bit of information about them. We have to play our game and make sure that we give our best. We are ready for the big fight.”

In other women’s matches, top seeds Varapatsorn  Radarong/Tanarattha Udomchavee of Thailand crashed out of the Round of 16, as Yukako Suzuki/Miki Ishii of Japan recorded an upset 2-1 (15-21, 21-16, 15-12). The winning Japanese pair will face Putu Utami/Dhita Juliana in the quarterfinals.

Rumpaipruet Numwong/Khanittha Hongpak did not disappoint their home fans and came up with a 2-1 (17-21, 21-19, 15-13) win over Australia’s Ngauamo/Palmer. The road gets tougher for the Thai team as they will face another Australian pair Phoebe Bell/Nicole Laird in the quarterfinals. 

The top Chinese duo Wang Fan/Yue Yuan defeated their East Asian neighbours Mizoe/Hasimoto of Japan 2-0 (21-16, 21-14) to arrange a duel with Tatyana Mashkova/Bakhtygul Samalikova of Kazakhstan.

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